James F. Muench is an author, free-lance journalist and instructor at Lincoln University in Jefferson City, Mo. His first nonfiction book, Five Stars: Missouri’s Most Famous Generals, was published by the University of Missouri Press in 2006. His first novel, The Teutonic Cross, was published by Silver Tongue Press, based in Milwaukee, Wisc., in 2013.
The historic mystery adventure novel follows the story of Heinrich Kueter, a young history professor who solves the murder of a Chinese exchange student, finds love and fights racism in a small Missouri college town on the eve of World War I.
Muench offers an extensive background of experience writing in many genres, from newspaper and magazine journalism to playwrighting. Five Stars was recognized by the Missouri Writers Guild, and his award-winning play, "The Eye of the Sun," received three staged readings at Rockhurst College, the Missouri Playwrights Workshop and William Woods University.