Haunting, beautiful and wise, The Badenweiler Waltz by G.W. Kroeker is a tender glimpse at the healing powers of love and one woman's courage as she learns to celebrate life after she is diagsed with a terminal illness. Elizabeth Kurz is a shy, easily daunted forty-something woman who has spent the bulk of her life being intimidated. A teacher by trade, she always dreamed of being a writer, and as her final farewell nears she travels to a quaint spa town in Germany's Black Forest where both Stephen Crane and Anton Chekhov spent their final days. Believing that even though her talents have t enabled her to live as a writer, she could at least die like one. Upon her arrival she feels alien and out of sorts; dejected, she considers returning to the States until she meets a series of characters who open her mind to new ways of seeing her illness, life, and death.
A graduate of Point Loma University, G.W. Kroeker did his graduate work for the MFA at the University of Oregon. He has taught at the college level and has published three collections of poetry and seven novels, including The Magi At Christmas, which has been optioned for the big screen. A guest writer and writer-in-residence at a number of conferences, for many years he served as a poetry consultant for the Advanced Placement Program of the College Board, and has led workshops on poetry and creative writing. Currently, he lives in Aachen, Germany.