Kayleen Reusser has more than two decades of professional writing experience. Her portfolio includes thousands of articles and posts written for dozens of magazines, blogs, newspapers and books, including: Chicken Soup for the Soul , News-Sentinel newspaper, My Indiana Home, and Directions in Nursing.
Since 2009, Reusser has written 16 non-fiction books for children in grades 4 – 8 for publishers Mitchell Lane & Purple Toad. Topics include biographies , STEM, Greek mythology, and cookbooks.
During her 6 year tenure as a middle-school librarian, Reusser dressed as the Greek character Medusa when discussing her books with students. “I wanted to fuel a desire to read,” she said.
Reusser’s passion for our country’s military has spurred her to interview and write the stories of more than 200 World War II veterans during the last six years.
“By telling their stories, I hope to instill greater patriotism in Americans for what our nation’s veterans have done for our freedom,” she said. “I am committed to honoring our nation’s veterans and preserving our nation’s heritage.”
Her books, We Fought to Win: American World War II Veterans Share Their Stories, They Did It for Honor: Stories of American WWII Veterans, We Gave Our Best: American World War II Veterans Tell Their Stories, and her latest book D-Day: Soldiers, Sailors and Airmen Tell about Normandy contain dozens of personal narratives of our nation’s brave service men and women.
Both Reusser and her husband have accompanied WWII veterans as guardians on Honor Flights of Northeast Indiana.
In June 2017, Reusser and her Air Force veteran husband participated in a 10-day European tour of WWII historical sites. Reusser has spoken about this period in American history and sites they saw with hundreds of people in a variety of settings.
Reusser shares her PowerPoint presentation to relay the courage it took for GIs to storm the beaches at Normandy on D-Day, June 6, 1944 and other conflicts from 1941-1945. She welcomes speaking engagements for adults.