As a journalist for many years, Dennis Hetzel says he sometimes was accused of writing fiction, but "Killing the Curse" is his first published novel. "Curse" is a sports-political thriller that imagines the Chicago Cubs in a World Series, a crazy fan who will do anything to ensure they win and a President of the United States who learns there is much more at stake than the championship. The book won the award for "best general fiction" in the Great Southwest Book Festival competition and received honorable mentions in the Readers Favorite, San Francisco Book Festival and Chicago Book Festival competitions. Dennis began his career as a weekly newspaper sports editor in the Chicago suburbs and has been a reporter, editor, general manager and publisher at several newspapers, including the Cincinnati Enquirer and the York, Pa., Daily Record, where he was editor and publisher for 13 years. Dennis has won numerous awards for writing, newspaper industry leadership and community service, and also taught journalism at Penn State and Temple universities. Since late 2010, he has been executive director of the Ohio Newspaper Association in Columbus, Ohio, and also president of the Ohio Coalition for Open Government.