Margaret C. (Peg) Berkhousen’s first novel, Curse of the Komodo, was released in August 2017 by her publisher, Progressive Rising Phoenix Press. Targeted to children in grades 6th through 8th, Curse of the Komodo is the first of a trilogy. The second book, 90% Human, will be available August, 2018 in both print and E-book. Return to Komodo Island, the third book of the trilogy, is planned for publication in 2019.

Peg (Brady) graduated from Three Rivers High School and Borgess School of Nursing in Kalamazoo. As an RN, Peg found many opportunities to integrate writing with her nursing career. She won Michigan Nurse Writer of the Year award for her article on using journalism therapy with a patient who was on the USS Hornet when it was sunk by the Japanese during WWII.

While in Staff Development at St. Joseph Mercy, Pontiac, Michigan, Peg wrote, produced and directed staff training videos that were published by J.B. Lippincott, New York and won awards at the American Journal of Nursing Film Festival. Many of these videos can be found in hospital libraries around the world. She was scriptwriter and Associate Producer for “Lincoln…In His Own Words,” a project for Lincoln Life Insurance Company. The video was narrated by actor Hal Holbrook.

On faculty for Trinity International Health Services Peg provided management training and consultation to Franciscan Sisters at Matre Dei Hospital, Bulawayo, Zimbabwe.

She ended her nursing career as Director of Clinical Services, Trinity Home Health Services and is now writing full time. Peg hopes to continue volunteering at the wonderful Toledo Zoo & Aquarium, where she once interviewed a visiting Komodo!