My Motivation for Writing and Selling Books

MONEY IS NOT THE ONLY MOTIVATION Being an author whose books are “yet to achieve” major bestseller status isn’t particularly rewarding in the monetary sense. Some rewards come from meeting avid readers, advocates for literacy, and making friends with other writers around the world. The big driver for me is […]

Gifts of Experiences, not Gifts of Things

Like many people have done, I’ve turned away from the Christmas frenzy of buying gifts for everyone and receiving gifts from those people after realizing all those things are often soon forgotten. Most people can ill afford to buy gifts for so many people, and I choose to donate money […]

Little Brother Ethan at the National Eagle Center

A New Experience for my Little Brother As a volunteer for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southern MN, the best part of my “job” is introducing my Little Brother, Ethan, to new places, ideas, and experiences. Last Sunday, we drove 80 miles to visit one of the great environmental education assets […]

Big Brothers Big Sisters Happenings and Event Recaps

Indie Author Day and Oktoberfest at OCC At the first Indie Author Day held at the Owatonna Public Library, I had a great chat with the library patrons who attended even though I didn’t sell any books. For the Owatonna Country Club Oktoberfest, I enjoyed and savored a wonderful beer-tasting […]

Happy News, Exciting News, and Notes

This is What Motivates Me the Most to Write (the Happy News) Exciting News I’ll be attending the University of Wisconsin Writers’ Institute (UWWI) conference in Madison, WI next month. That in itself is not earthshaking, although it’s a great conference for writers. This will be the seventh consecutive year […]

Talking the Talk and Walking the Walk

Most of you know that I am a volunteer Big Brother and a huge supporter of the program. I’ve been matched with two Little Brothers during almost all that time. I took about a year off after my first match ended after more than 11 years (Zach “graduated” from the […]

The Best Books I Read in 2016

(Crossposted from a Neo-Renaissance Writer) THE FINALISTS Dark Places  by Gillian Flynn Gillian Flynn is a seriously talented writer, if only for the fact she can write totally unlikable protagonists and still compel you to finish the book. I applaud her decision to feature atypical female protagonists who aren’t pure, […]

Two Ways to Give Back in Appreciation of a Good Read

Give Back Once Sales of Castle Danger have been about what I expected. I’ve sold enough books to be nearing my original break-even point, but it hasn’t become a New York Times Bestseller and made me internationally famous in literary circles. I’m typical of most novelists. We write for the […]

Walking the Walk as a “Full-Time” Big Brother

I’m pleased and excited to announce that I “upgraded” my Big Brother status from a school site mentor (a Big who meets with his little once a week but only at school) to a community-based match. This means Ethan and I are now matched year-round and can get together outside […]