My Motivation for Writing and Selling Books


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 helping my favorite charity through sales of my books. All these perks are worth far more than any money I hope to someday earn from my book sales.

Me presenting a check for $297 to Michelle Redman, Executive Director of BBBS of Southern MN.





Today I had the privilege of making a donation to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southern MN in the amount of $297. As you may know, I donate one dollar to BBBS for every copy of Castle Danger I sell–print or eBook. I raised additional dollars by asking people to round up the purchase price of the print book to $20 when they buy a copy. I sold 190 books in 2017. Nearly every person who bought a book from me in person gladly rounded up the extra $1.80 to an even $20.

I’m pleased to sale my sales increased from 2016, so I was able to donate more money to BBBS this year. I hope to continue that upward trend in 2018. I expect sales will be boosted when Straight River is published (as soon as is humanly possible!!) With steady sales of Castle Danger continuing this year added to new sales of Straight River later this year, I hope to reach a $400 donation for 2018.

I’ve got more than a half dozen appearances scheduled for 2018 already, which should help print sales and round-up donations. If you’d like to give to a great cause by purchasing a good book, click on the links below to find your nearest independent bookstore or favorite online outlet.

Also, if you’re interested in learning more about becoming a Big Brother, Big Sister, or Big Couple, check out the national BBBS website or click on the Southern MN link above.


To purchase copies of my multiple-award-winning suspense novel, Castle Danger, from your nearest independent bookseller, click on the banner below.

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