Troy University alumnus writes first novel

Posted: Tuesday, 06 November 2007

TROY—A Troy University alumnus has channeled a passion for history and writing into his first novel, a revisionist history called “If Yesterday Never Comes.”

The alumnus, Thomas Quatrini of Enterprise, attended the Dothan Campus from 1997-99. He said much of his inspiration for the novel came from his time at TROY.

“I recall gaining great insight into areas of literature, history, world religion and political science by observing and participating in classroom lectures,” Quatrini said. “The passion the professors had for their areas of expertise made attending classes an invaluable experience.”

In “If Yesterday Never Comes,” Quatrini creates a world in which President John F. Kennedy survived the assassination attempt in Dallas and his son, John, Jr., survives the plane crash that took his life. The younger Kennedy becomes a major player in U.S. politics.

During his experience at TROY, Quatrini said that the professors’ dedication and desire to teach was very inspiring. “Through the support and motivation I’ve received from these faculty members, and others associated with Troy University, it is much easier to work on my second novel,” said Quatrini. Professor Alan Belsches, Professor James Ortego, and Mrs. Joan Howell all assisted in the completion of the novel in the areas of copyediting and advising.

When Quatrini was assigned to Fort Rucker, Ala. he decided to continue his college experience by working towards a Criminal Justice degree at TROY. “I chose TROY because of its commitment to higher education, its students, and its faculty,” said Quatrini.

Once Quatrini retired from the Army, he became a stay-at-home father to work on his novel, which had been locked away in his head for 10 years. Quatrini, who resides in Enterprise, Ala., is currently working on a second novel and is considering continuing his education by attending graduate school at Troy University.

Quatrini’s novel can be ordered online through major retails firms such as Barnes and Nobles and