public readings

Today I enjoyed a pleasant luncheon with the Nisswa Women’s Club.  They invited me to come and speak about my novels, ABERCROMBIE TRAIL and POMME DE TERRE.  I was surprised to find 94 women in attendance. Reading from my work at public events can be very stressful.  I’m an ordinary person, not a public speaker.  […]

St. Paul Pioneer Press Review of Pomme de Terre

I was pleasantly surprised to read Mary Ann Grossman’s review of Pomme de Terre in Sunday’s St. Paul Pioneer Press.   She reviewed several books published by small Minnesota presses.  Pomme de Terre is the second historical novel in my series about the 1862 Sioux Uprising.    Abercrombie Trail was published in 2009 and Pomme de Terre […]

Galleys Here for BIRDIE

The galleys for my next book, BIRDIE, arrived yesterday and I’m both excited and scared.  The story is written, it is really happening, and soon I’ll be able to tell if the effort was worthwhile.  I’ve heard other writers share similar thoughts.  It’s never easy to see your baby sent out into the world–warts and […]

In Trouble, Out of Trouble

I visited the 3rd and 4th graders at Eagleview Elementary today and met several aspiring novelists.  What creativity and enthusiasm!  Together we created Max, a ten-year-old boy and his friend, Sophie, and worked together to develop these characters.  One thing we discussed was the need to increase tension by adding trouble and conflict to the […]

Teaching Story Structure to Third Graders

I’m nervous.  OK, more than a little nervous.  Though I’ve spoken to adult groups across the region, I’ve been invited to speak to a third/fourth grade multi-age class about my writing experiences.  My plan is to use Cinderella’s story as a model for the group to come up with a short story of their own. […]

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