IM DeRose is an adventurer who majored in Mathematics at Western Maryland College (presently McDaniel College) in the quaint little town of Westminster, MD and graduate school at Cornell University, Ithaca, NY. IM has tried his hand at many different jobs before ultimately embarking on a career in Civil Engineering. Somewhere along the way, it seemed like a good idea to put his cumulative knowledge and experience to work as a businessman in the field of Building Construction and Development. This new venture took IM into 29 different countries on three continents and ultimately to the little town of Truth Or Consequences, NM where he met Fr Ludo.
IM invites you to join him in his new adventure of writing about some interesting places along his trek, fascinating people along The Pathway and ultimately what all this stuff means – if anything.
When did you first start writing?
Walking to school with some friends in the first grade, we decided to "investigate" the inner contents of a recently "abandoned house" (which in our neighborhood meant forcibly evicted). Some of the other boys found fishing rods a hardball glove and various other kid treasures. I was mesmerized by a huge book in old fashioned oxblood bindings. It turned out to be the collected works of William Shakespeare. I read and treasured that book for many years until I lost it in a house fire. I probably did not understand a lot of what I read, but from that moment on I was captivated by those magical words and aspired to the alchemy contained therein.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Through what I can only describe as highly serendipitous circumstances I was introduced to Ludo Van Leeuwen at an "interesting" crossroads on my journey. Somewhere between drifting and daydreaming, I was introduced to Fr Ludo as he lay tethered to a series of tubes on his bed at the local nursing home in Truth Or Consequences (T or C), NM. Fr Ludo approached his final destination while I was still trying to figure out what I wanted to do when I grew up. My scribbling up to that point amounted to a HUGH collection of words with no life or direction of their own. After interviewing Fr Ludo over the next several months and reviewing his notes, I know that I had to bring his story (which is Our Story) to light. With the blessings of Fr Ludo and his caretakers, I commenced to sort out the story within Ludo's passionate adventures and devotion. Ludo's Wilderness has been beyond a labor of love; it has been both and inward reflection and an outward journey to becoming a fully realized, grown-up man.
The story of a born adventurer from the Netherlands and his lifelong quest to become a missionary to China. With unyielding determination, Fr Ludo pursued his dream through the battlefields of Europe during WWII and straight into the face of China's "Cultural Revolution" where is was not a good place to be a Westerner - especially a Catholic priest.