By Rick Cohler
Growing up on a farm near Shiocton, Ronald Conradt said his father always told him to not do anything halfway, to give it his all.
After a successful career as a teacher and school administrator, Conradt turned to the written word.
Conradt has written three books set in Door County, turning the tourist setting into crime adventures.
“When I was in college, I met some good friends from Green Bay and I had never been to Door County, I was a farm boy from Shiocton,” he recalled. “I had to talk my dad into letting me go there for a weekend. I realized how beautiful it was.”
Later, as a teacher, Conradt took students to Door County for science field trips.
Then as a school administrator Conradt began to have a deep interest in fiction so he eventually wrote a book called “Cave Point” after the park of the same name. “Cave Point was followed by “Gills Rock” and “Rowley’s Bay.”
The books feature a character named Jon Burke.
“Jon Burke is an ordinary guy,” Conradt explained. “He’s a guy of fairly extraordinary moral conviction but he is also really just like you and I. So, the issue is that he and his friends find themselves in untenable situations.”
Door County has the reputation of being a place to relax and vacation.
“I needed to have an area that was a touristy area, a beautiful area and yet I needed to introduce adventure,” he said. “Most of the characters I introduce are from out of the area so there’s no reflection on the people who live there.”
A fourth book, “The Account” is about a Wisconsin man who is a recent hire at a Chicago Marketing firm.