A Fun/Busy Weekend

Three Events in 36 Hours

Cable TV Interview

I had a fun and busy weekend with three author events on Friday and Saturday. First, I videotaped an interview for the “Writer’s Corner” program hosted by Alan Miller—a Twin Cities mystery author and also host of another cable TV program called “Access to Democracy.” The shows are broadcast via Eagan, MN public access cable TV. Here’s the LINK. My program, a conversation with Twin Cities memoirist Linda Morrison, isn’t yet available. I’ll post a link when I receive it and then share it with you here.


Bowl For Kids’ Sake is always one of my favorite events each year. It’s a perennial fundraising event to benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters. I first got into it when I was a Big Brother. My Little Brother and I participated by bowling for X-number of dollars and cents per each pin we knocked over. The event has evolved into more of a celebration of a successful fundraising effort because most participants recruit donors via emails and other online methods. But the local businesses, along with many Big/Little matches, still have some friendly competition trying to out-fundraise each other and still get into the community spirit of celebrating mentorship.

BFKS Owatonna MN

Twin Cities Sisters in Crime first-ever Book Fair

This was a lot of fun. Thanks to the staff at the St. Michael, MN Library, and the Friends of the St. Michael Library for organizing a smoothly run event that highlighted so many of the outstanding Minnesota crime/mystery/thriller writers (including me, of course!).

Little Mountain, Big Trouble print cover

The day started with a lively panel discussion between four author/members who discussed their writing style, routines, plots, characters, and answered questions from the audience. Following the discussion was the book fair featuring some 35 authors. We all joked that if you can’t find a book you’ll like here, you aren’t trying hard enough.

I sold a few books and reconnected with many wonderful writing colleagues from our local “SinC” chapter.


Speaking of outstanding mystery authors, I’ll be interviewing perhaps the pre-eminent mystery author currently residing in Idaho, the prolific Laurie Buchanan. Her Pines-and-Quill mysteries star retired detective Sean “Mick” McPherson and are set at a secluded writing retreat near Bellingham, Washington. If you’re a fan of Louise Penny’s Inspector Armand Gamache series set in Three Pines, Quebec, I’m sure you’ll enjoy Laurie’s books. The stories evoke a similar remote small-town vibe and feature a cast of characters you thoroughly get to know and love as the stories progress. Especially Hemingway, the HUGE Irish Wolfhound who makes it his job, his mission, to protect everyone at Pines & Quill.

Please join Laurie Buchanan and me for the virtual launch event of Laurie’s latest mystery, Iniquity: A Sean McPherson Novel, Book Four. I’ll be in conversation with her live from her hometown Indie book store, Rediscovered Bookshop. This is a FREE virtual Crowdcast event.
Thursday, April 25
5-6 pm Pacific Time
6-7 pm Mountain Time
7-8 pm Central Time (for most of my blog followers and midwestern fans)
8-9 pm Eastern Time
We hope to see you there.
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