Former Pittsfield man focuses on family in second novel

David K. Dodd
Posted: Nov. 24, 2012 6:52 pm Updated: Dec. 8, 2012 11:15 pm

PITTSFIELD, Ill. -- A former Pittsfield man has released his second novel.

David K. Dodd's "Star Dawning" is a family drama and sequel to his first novel, "Star Shooting."

Set in the prison town of Leavenworth, Kan., the story reveals how three separate families, striving to survive, interconnect in ways that are unpredictable and heartwarming.

"Although there are six main characters, each struggling to overcome personal problems, the real focus is on families," said Dodd, a former psychologist. "As I grow older, I am realizing that personal happiness is less about individual accomplishment and more about family. Families can protect us, or damage us, stop us just short of disaster or drive us right over the edge."

In "Star Dawning," the dreams or nightmares of the characters are realized through their families.

Dodd, a 1968 graduate of Pittsfield High School, writes fiction focused on personal conflict, relationships and community. He lives in Fish Creek, Wis.


"Star Dawning" is available for $12.95 at Casteel Color Wheel, 110 W. Adams in Pittsfield, and in both paperback and e-book at and More information is available online at