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 […]

Books, Beers, and Bragging Rights

A Beer-Tasting Dinner Featuring Castle Danger, the Brewery and Castle Danger, the Book. I was invited to display my books and talk for a few minutes about Castle Danger as part of a Castle Danger Brewery beer-tasting dinner at the Owatonna Country Club for their Oktoberfest celebration on October 27, […]

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 […]

Radio Interview about Castle Danger

I’ll be interviewed on KOWZ-FM and KRUE radio on Friday, November 18, between 8:30 and 9:00 am to talk about my suspense novel, Castle Danger. If you or someone you know who likes suspense fiction is in the southern Minnesota listening area that morning, tune in and tell them also to […]

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 […]

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 […]