April Update

April is shaping up to be a good month. The signing highlight will be my appearance at Chapter 2 Books in Hudson, Wisconsin, on Saturday, April 21, from 11:00-1:00. It’s a “meet-and-greet” event where I’ll be signing copies of Castle Continue reading April Update

My Motivation for Writing and Selling Books

Monthly Newsletter says this is the last look at the old Castle Danger cover

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 Continue reading My Motivation for Writing and Selling Books

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 Continue reading Gifts of Experiences, not Gifts of Things

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 Continue reading Little Brother Ethan at the National Eagle Center

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 Continue reading Big Brothers Big Sisters Happenings and Event Recaps

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 Continue reading Happy News, Exciting News, and Notes

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 Continue reading Talking the Talk and Walking the Walk

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 Continue reading The Best Books I Read in 2016

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 Continue reading Two Ways to Give Back in Appreciation of a Good Read

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