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 Danger and chatting about books and writing with anyone who […]

Announcing an Eastern Twin Cities/Western Wisconsin Event

TWIN CITIES/WESTERN WISCONSIN BOOK LOVERS 2018 is shaping up to be a busy season for me. Today, I just firmed up a book-signing appearance at Chapter2Books in Hudson, Wisconsin. The date is Saturday, April 21, from 11-1. Chapter2Books is located at 226 Locust St., Hudson, WI 54016. For directions, call 715-220-8818 […]

My Motivation for Writing and Selling Books

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 writers around the world. The big driver for me is […]

Upcoming Appearance–Rosemount Writers Festival & Book Fair

I’m excited to be invited to appear at the Second Annual Rosemount Writers Festival & Book Fair. Saturday, March 24, 2018. I’ll be signing copies of Castle Danger between 10:30 am and 4:30 pm. Rosemount is located south of St. Paul roughly halfway between I-35 and US 52. In addition […]

Still not a Dream–Part 2

Always cool to see yourself listed in a major writing magazine for winning an award. A total of forty-four books either won their category or received an honorable mention. More than 2,300 books were entered in the contest. A small sample compared with the hundred’s of thousands of self-published books […]

This Award is NOT a Dream

Pretty cool to see my book listed as one of the 44 award winners in 2017. And yes, I pinched myself! Writer’s Digest Self-published Book Awards *Scroll down to “Genre Fiction to see Castle Danger* Check out all the winners in your favorite genres. I’ll bet you find some hidden […]

Minnesota 2018–Blizzards and Book Clubs

My cousin-in-law, Deb, graciously invited me to meet with her book club last evening to discuss my novel, Castle Danger. As is usual in Minnesota, one must factor weather into travel plans, which leads to most plans being tentative–as in, “I’ll see you at seven, presuming the weather cooperates.” Of course, […]

The Best Books I Read in 2017

My 2017 Reading Summary Books read: 80 Five-star ratings: 10 Four-star ratings: 40 Three-star ratings: 19 Two-star, One-star, and not rated: 11 Fiction: 60 Non-fiction: 20 My Rating System I follow the Goodreads.com guidelines. A three-star rating means I liked a book and thought it was better than average although […]

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 for so many people, and I choose to donate money […]

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 miles to visit one of the great environmental education assets […]

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