Don met his wife, Mary, in Elkader, and they dated in High School. Suzy Color_460-1_H008They were married in 1964, and moved to Los Angeles shortly thereafter.
While in Los Angeles, Don worked for Four Star Television, and then CBS Theatrical Films, in a very minor role. The experience, however, was invaluable.
Don’s first novel, Eleven Days, was nominated for an Anthony award as Best First Novel. In 2000, it was sold to Warner Brothers Theatrical Film Division. In 2008 the motion picture rights to the same novel were sold to Solar Productions, of Paris, France.
Don is currently published in nine languages in some twenty countries. His latest effort is a short story in an anthology edited by Charlaine Harris and Toni L P Kelner.
The Harstads continue to reside in Elkader, Iowa, where Mary has retired from teaching, and Don continues writing and keeping in touch with local law enforcement events.
Carl Houseman, the deputy sheriff of rural Nation County, Iowa, leaves home to enter the world of international intrigue in the sixth in Donald Harstad's critically acclaimed series.
Houseman's daughter, Jane, has been studying abroad in the UK. When her best friend Emma Schiller has been kidnapped, Houseman, desperate to protect his daughter and help her friend, accepts Scotland Yard’s invitation to take him on as a consultant.
Emma’s trail leads to the door of her former professor--and ex-lover--Dr. Robert Northwood, whose impassioned activism on behalf of a pair of Muslim political prisoners has landed him unwittingly in cahoots with a cadre of dangerous individuals. It seems like a simple hoax, except that if Houseman doesn't track down the professor’s co-conspirators, the consequences will be anything but simple--and the harm that will result could be global in Harstad's gripping new installment in his outstanding series.