My wife and I had a pleasant mid-week stay in Marquette, Michigan to celebrate our 43rd wedding anniversary on June 17. Marquette’s a college town (Northern Michigan University) with a lively downtown, a beautiful and historic waterfront, lots of parks and hiking, swimming, biking, golf, sailing, and other summer sports. We also had some delicious meals at reasonable prices. I got in a round of golf at a top 100 public course–the Greywalls 18 at the Marquette Golf Club. Wow, what a rollercoaster ride that course is. Hardly a flat lie anywhere in the fairways. Ups and downs, moguls, humps, slopes, hills, steep elevation changes, and memorable and challenging holes. Well worth its #54 ranking.
Got a virtual panel discussion coming up on Wednesday, June 30, at 6:30 pm. I’ll be on a panel with MN authors Carl Brookins and Julie Seedorf to discuss “Creating Unforgettable Characters.” Timya Owen will be the moderator. It’s a Twin Cities Sisters in Crime Author Panel. The event is sponsored by the Carver County Library Click on THIS LINK to register and get the Zoom information emailed to you. The event will be on Facebook Live but I think you need to registers anyway . . . or not . . . I’m still not up to speed 100% on video chats/conferences.
I’ll certainly talk about my favorite unforgettable characters in Straight River and Castle Danger. Make sure to watch. My picks may surprise you compared to your most unforgettable characters in those books. 🙂
Downtown Thursday Again
The second Downtown Thursday happens this Thursday, July 1, from 5-8:30 pm on North Cedar Avenue in Downtown Owatonna MN. The June event was a big success. Lots of people, great weather, I sold plenty of books and got to talk to dozens of nice people about my writing and books in general. The forecast is for a lovely summer evening, so come on down and visit with me. I’ll be in the 100-block of North Cedar under my white canopy tent (as always). I’d love to sign a book for you and chat. My books make great beach reads or cabin reads or campground reads, especially if you vacation in Minnesota because both books are set in our fantastic state. Read and see how many locations you’ve personally visited! (Although some locations are fictionalized–ask me which ones.)