A veterinarian by trade and a keen observer of the American experience, Dr. Bill Stork has an innate ability to see the best in people and appreciates the simple pleasures of a life well lived.
I Have Never Failed is his third book, following Stepping from Herriot’s Shadow. His first, In Herriot’s Shadow, was published in 2014.
In his books, Stork delivers powerful accounts of people, places and things that many others would allow to go unnoticed. His stories are not those of politicians or titans of industry, but rather of ordinary folk who are not so ordinary upon closer inspection.
Stork’s father said he never learned a thing with his mouth open. That friendly curiosity has been passed on to the son.
At various points in his life he’s answered to Bill, Billy, Bill Bill, Little Bill, Willie, The Hick, Daddy, The Professor, Dr. Bill, Dr. Stork – and still does to this day. This book would not exist without Mittsy Voiles, Glenn Fuller, Robb Grindstaff, and many he’s encountered throughout his journeys.
Since writing his first book, Stork has been humbled and honored to meet his readers at local bookstores, pet wellness expos, and winter festivals where he signs and sells books. Each has story of their own to share and Stork is always more than happy to listen.
The author says he’s been buoyed and encouraged by critics – some complimentary, some not so much. As a result, his appreciation for those who bank their existence on their artistry and craft has risen exponentially from its already sky high levels.
A 1992 graduate of the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine, Stork currently lives in Cambridge, Wisconsin, and is the owner-operator of the Lake Mills Veterinary Clinic in Lake Mills, Wisconsin.
When not writing or wrangling animals, he can be found engaged in multi-day bicycling tours, tracing the roots of American music through the Deep South, searching for the perfect piece of beef brisket, or simply having a pint at the local brewery.
Like a fine bourbon, his stories are immediately entertaining, but even more enjoyable upon reflection.
"My good friend, Bill Stork, published this book - In Herriot's Shadow. Two years prior, he wrote me a letter. The gist: to him, farmers and musician/songwriters have striking similarities, not the least of which is that they do what they do not by choice, but because they were born to do it. Thanks for your book, Bill, and thanks for giving me the inspiration to write this song. Thanks as well to Eric Drobny, Bruce Rummenie and Danny Deckard for bringing the song to fruition." - Kevin Deforrest