Leader-Record newspaper (6/26/14)



Nestled between Shimek State Forest and the Des Moines river, sits the town of Farmington, Iowa. The population boasts less than a thousand, and if you blink while passing through, you may miss it. But all that may be about to change.

Two authors—with two very different books—are hoping to bring Farmington to the public eye.

Kent Muntz was born and raised in Farmington, and now runs a prominent insurance business. “The place and pace provided a wonderful community for growing up with life-long friends and family nearby.” Kent published his first novel, Obvious God, as a way to enlighten others . . . and to fulfill his passion. “There is absolutely nothing creative about the insurance industry, and writing filled that void. I definitely have time at the end of the day to type away.”

Erik Therme, author of Mortom, wasn’t raised in Farmington, but his father was. “I spent many summers roaming the streets and exploring the town.” Mortom is based on the landscape of Farmington, and while the story is fictional, many of the landmarks are true to the town. “I’ve always been intrigued by small towns. It has to be incredibly difficult to hide anything within a tiny population, but at the same time, small towns seem to hold the most secrets. It’s a fascinating dynamic.”

Despite mutual ties to Farmington, neither of them knew one another until a chance encounter connected them on Facebook. From there, it didn’t take long to hit it off.

Kent has a fantastic sense of humor,” says Erik. “It shines through his work and words. Obvious God opened my eyes to things I had never considered before, and I’m honored to call him a friend.”

Kent counters with equal fondness: “Erik’s enthusiasm for writing is obvious, and I nearly strained my brain trying to figure out how Mortom would end. Tying the town to the book only made it more special. I’m hoping for many more great tales from this young man.”

Small town? Absolutely.

Small dreams?

OBVIOUS GOD is available as an eBook @ Amazon.com.
MORTOM is available in both paperback & eBook @ Amazon.com and Barnes&Noble.com.