Contest Entry and General Updates for Castle Danger

Contests I decided to enter Castle Danger in a few book award contests on the off-chance I might actually win a (supposedly) coveted prize. I just got word that my book is being “Featured” on the AmericanBookFest.com website for 5 months. Not an award as such, just a nice little […]

New Castle Danger Cover

NEW Castle Danger BOOK COVER! Old Castle  Danger cover on the left. New Castle Danger cover on the right. Comments? I also cleaned up some typos that snuck past a proofreader as well as my wife and I. *GRRR* I hope I finally got every darn one, but perfection in […]

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 […]

Results of the Goodreads.com Giveaway of Castle Danger

The Goodreads.com Giveaway is over and I am very pleased with the response. One thousand three hundred thirty-three (1,133) book lovers entered for a chance to win one of five (5) signed copies of Castle Danger. Wow! I would have been happy to get five entries.  😉 I don’t expect […]

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 […]

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 […]

All My Success in Life Started with Mom and Dad

“It takes a village to raise a child,” is a well-known quote of African origin (most likely) that became part of the American lexicon in a big way when Hilary Clinton wrote a book with that title in 1996. Because I think it was either mistranslated or misunderstood, I take slight […]

Getting the Word Out About Castle Danger Through the Local Newspaper

I had an enjoyable interview session with reporter Anna Segner from the Owatonna People’s Press about my upcoming Book Launch Celebration. Check it out. Owatonna First-TIme Novelist to Celebrate with Book Launch

My First Online Video Interview as an Author

I recently had the pleasure of being interviewed about my first novel, Castle Danger, by Sandee Hardy-Hagen, host of “Straight Talk” at Owatonnalive.com. Check it out here by clicking the link, then click on the May 24 video. I’m her first interview of the session. Straight Talk Interview Don’t forget, […]