Mary Yungeberg has been telling stories all her life.
As a child, she entertained friends with a tale about a pet whale in her basement. She progressed with her storytelling and writing to doing freelance magazine and newspaper articles.
Now, she has published her first novel, Consummate Betrayal. The book is about FBI agent Rowan Milani, who is of Italian-Iranian parents. He is a unique FBI agent in that he tracks international terrorists throughout the world and terminates them with the blessing of the government.
Yungeberg will speak about her novel at the Hawarden Public Library, from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 18. Those attending are encouraged to bring a lunch and the library will provide the dessert and beverages.
The seeds for Yungeberg’s book come from various places. While attending Iowa State University, she met a group of Iranian students and this friendship fostered a deep respect and love for the Iranian people. On Sept. 11, 2001, Yungeberg was working for the airline industry and the terrorist attack impacted her. She took her ideas and began writing in 2008 about what she knew. She went on to attend a large gathering of authors and agents in New York City to determine how best to market her book. Her book was launched in October 2011.
While writing her novel, Yungeberg learned to shoot a Glock pistol while doing research. She is now on the shooting range where she practices regularly. In addition, she has plans for three more books featuring the character Milani. She has been approached about the possibility of making the book into a movie.
Yungeberg is the daughter of Dale and Rachel Yungeberg of Hawarden.