From Detroit to the waters of the Atlantic during World War II, to Ahwatukee Foothills and many places in between, life has been a ride for Robert Busch.
The 84-year-old resident recently released his first novel, Cabin in the Pines and Murders in the Forest, a 152-page adventure that revolves around events in Munds Park and other places throughout Arizona.
Although the novel is fiction, Busch said he did take inspiration from a circumstance that involved his family, which is explained by the line from the synopsis, "The DiBiasi family thought that their only problem was to resolve the ultimate ownership of the cabin in Munds Park, Ariz., when the parents pass away."
Next in the novel is a series of murders, which at first don't appear connected, but as the detective in the case sifts through the details, it is proven that first appearances can be deceiving.
"I don't call it a murder mystery, it's a murder story," Busch said.
During World War II, Busch worked as a sub chaser off the East Coast, where he patrolled from Norfolk, Va., to Cuba for almost two years leading up to the end of the war. He left for the Navy fresh out of high school.
"I knew right when I left I was going to be drafted," he said. "Me and my brothers were all active during the war, and thankfully we all came back."
After the war, Busch discovered a love of writing working for a teletype school. He started writing a one-page column entitled, "The Bull Sheet." But, so it goes for many aspiring writers, his first few attempts to be published professionally did not go as planned.
"I tried to write a column for one of the newspapers in Detroit, and they said Bob, you write well, but we have too many people on staff that would love to write a column," he said.
Busch kept on writing columns and letters and eventually his persistence paid off. Since then his letters have been published in the Wall Street Journal and Time magazine. He is a columnist for the Pinewood News in Munds Park, where he and his wife of 65 years visit during the summer.
Self-described as a "Depression baby," Busch understood the importance of hard work at an early age.
"I started working as soon as I could," he said. "I had a good life considering the first 10 years of my life I was hungry."
With 84 years of life experiences, Busch continues to write and is already working on a second novel.
"The writing part was wonderful," he said. "I love writing."
Cabin is currently on sale on Amazon.com, Changing Hands Bookstore, 6428 S. McClintock Drive, and the Ahwatukee Recreation Center, 5001 E. Cheyenne Drive.