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 Continue reading New Castle Danger Cover

Books and Music Go Together Well

If you had been signed up for my newsletter, you’d be getting a link to the “Official Castle Danger Soundtrack.” 🙂 Want to hear samples of all the great music that Matt hummed or sung to himself or heard or Continue reading Books and Music Go Together Well

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. Continue reading Getting Back to a Writing Routine

My First Book Signing Event

You are cordially invited to attend a “book launch celebration” for my debut suspense novel, Castle Danger, on Thursday, June 2, 2016, from 4:00-6:00 p.m. The party will take place at The Perfect Day Cakes & Bakery, 324 North Cedar Avenue, Continue reading My First Book Signing Event

The Intellectual Benefits of Travelling

Someone who lives a Neo-Renaissance life includes travel in that life for one simple reason: Travel connects us to the rest of the world, which stimulates our intellects. A cornerstone of a Neo-Renaissance life is the Intellectual aspect. We must constantly Continue reading The Intellectual Benefits of Travelling

The Four Cornerstones of a Neo Renaissance Life

We all strive for some sort of balance in our lives, but do we ever find time in our busy days to think about what sort of balance we need or want? Most people would say they want a balance Continue reading The Four Cornerstones of a Neo Renaissance Life

You call this spring??? In Minnesota … yeah, we do.

My town made national weather headlines today. 13+ inches of snow fell overnight and we may get more today through tomorrow.  One observer in the area reported 15 inches as of this morning. This is the winter that won’t die! Arrgghh! Continue reading You call this spring??? In Minnesota … yeah, we do.

A New Direction for this Blog

After attending the Tucson Festival of Books last month, one of the biggest nuggets of information I gleaned from the various workshops was Kristin Lamb’s idea that authors of fiction shouldn’t blog about how to write fiction. Particularly if they Continue reading A New Direction for this Blog

What does a county fair wine judging competition have to do with writing?

I had the pleasure of participating in my first official wine judging competition (my local county fair–one of the best in the nation and the biggest county fair in the great state of Minnesota!) where prizes (ribbons) were awarded. It Continue reading What does a county fair wine judging competition have to do with writing?

Christmas Morning

I’m from Minnesota, which means I’m used to seeing a white Christmas. Most Minnesotans expect a white Christmas every year. But this Christmas the predominant color will be brown. That will diminish somewhat, but not completely, the pleasure I derive from Continue reading Christmas Morning