How I Spent about One Hour Per Day in 2017

All authors should be readers. Any author who aspires to excel at writing should be an avid reader. I don’t know if there is a definition of “avid reader,” but I consider myself to be one. I just received this email from Goodreads about my reading activity to date in […]

Indie Author Day Report

Despite cool, rainy weather (which usually encourages indoor activities), attendance was low for my Indie Author Day presentation at the Owatonna Public Library on Saturday, Oct. 14. Nevertheless, our small group had a lively discussion after I talked about the writing and publishing revolution that I’ve watched unfold over the […]

Reminder: Help Me Celebrate Indie Author Day in Southern Minnesota

Especially for my followers in Southeastern Minnesota! I’ve just signed on to make a presentation on Saturday, October 14, at the Owatonna Public Library (a darn cool library for its architecture alone–let alone the great staff and service). The event is the second Indie Author Day, an international celebration of independent authors. Libraries around […]

Celebrating Indie Author Day!

Especially for my followers in Southeastern Minnesota! I’ve just signed on to make a presentation on Saturday, October 14, at the Owatonna Public Library (a darn cool library for its architecture alone–let alone the great staff and service). The event is the second Indie Author Day, an international celebration of independent authors. Libraries around […]

Meet Me Saturday, Aug 26 at the Austin ArtWorks Festival

ONE OF MY BIGGEST EVENTS OF THE YEAR I’m excited to announce I will participate in my first arts festival in the beautiful, vibrant city of Austin, MN. It’s the Austin ArtWorks Festival, now in its sixth year and growing steadily. I’ll be speaking at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday at […]

Book Clubs and Authors

Book Clubs–a New Experience I had the great pleasure of meeting with and speaking with my first book club the other day and it was fantastic. A friend invited me and I agreed to come and talk and answer questions about Castle Danger. We also enjoyed some adult beverages and […]

Reviews, Re-Boots, Reaching New Readers

The Importance of Reviews for Today’s Authors Back in the days before the Internet, eBooks, and burgeoning social media, book reviews weren’t terribly important in the marketing scheme for most authors. The supply of books was relatively small, most authors were promoted by a major publisher, and publications like 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, […]

A Look Back at 2016-the Debut of Castle Danger

In a year when the Chicago Cubs FINALLY won the World Series and Donald Trump won the Presidency, perhaps the next least likely thing to happen is the publishing of Castle Danger. That accomplishment is perhaps one of the greater achievements in my life. Woo hoo! (pardon the small indulgence). […]

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