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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 […]

The Importance of Beta Readers to Authors

One of the best lessons I learned as worked on my novels is that no matter how brilliant you believe your writing to be, the litmus test is ultimately how other readers feel about your writing. Especially if you intend to publish a book and sell it in hopes of […]

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