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A Pilgrimage and Writing Inspiration for Castle Danger, Straight River

My wife and I just returned from a nearly two-week trip to Colorado. It was a pilgrimage of sorts. We rented a travel trailer to stay in most of the time. We rode bikes through the vineyards of western Colorado. (Yes! Colorado has numerous quality wineries.). We also hiked in […]

The Search for Beta Readers Begins

I’m pleased to announce that my second novel, Straight River, the prequel to Castle Danger, is nearing completion of the first revised draft. As a result, I’m looking for volunteer Beta Readers. I wrote this book, tentatively titled Straight River, a few years before completing Castle Danger. To my credit, […]

Breaking News–Another Book Signing Coming Up

This will be brief. I just want to let all my Owatonna fans in particular, and all my fans in general, know that I have another book event coming up. I’ll be selling and signing copies of my book, Castle Danger, at my favorite cupcake store in the entire world, […]

What is it Like to be a Writer?

Many avid readers seem to think that, or want to believe the myth that writers are a mysterious bunch with a unique talent that allows them to conjure lucid, complex, entertaining, thought-provoking, or just plain beautiful stories from mere thoughts and ideas. Since I’m officially and professionally allowed to call […]

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 […]

Getting Back to a Writing Routine

I’d been warned by my writing colleagues who have published books that marketing one’s book is a time-consuming beast. They were right. In today’s publishing climate, authors must become small businesses and take charge of all facets of that business. Gone are the days when writers wrote, publishers published, and […]

Another Successful Book Signing

Owatonna has great community spirit and the residents support each other in countless ways, most of them charitable. But we also appreciate having a vibrant local economy. The dozens of locally owned restaurants, coffee shops, florists, gift shops, photography studios, hair salons, barbers, and trade businesses like plumbers, HVAC, and […]

Castle Danger Book Launch Celebration a Big Success

My Book Launch Celebration at Perfect Day Cakes in Owatonna was a big success in more ways than one. First, the turnout was greater than I had dared imagine. Second, many of my family, especially Mom, were present to share the experience with me. Third, dozens of friends came to […]

Family Support is More Important Than We Realize

When I tell people I write novels, I often get strangely vague reactions that imply, “Hmm, this guy must be mildly delusional to think he can actually write 300-page novels.”  Or they may say, “Oh-h-, that’s interesting,” and change the subject of conversation. Most writers know we are different from […]

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