I went to a gathering of former classmates tonight. Some of them were readers of mine up to and including ‘Lester’s Gift’. A few of them were of the belief that i had finished with my writing career. Understandable. What most hadn’t realized was that i had published a story titled, ‘The Final Chapter’. They didn’t know about my 15th novel because I didn’t contact any of the media outlets to promote it. Covid was the major reason, but most of the major sales events had been canceled in both Hibbing and Virginia. So the only place anyone could have learned was if they went to this website or heard about it on Facebook. I had two outlets for sales, The Sunrise Deli on First Avenue (all of my titles) and Sullivan’s Supply with my last three titles, including ‘The Final Chapter’. I might add that my last title was the end of my Father Mickey series — and from the feedback i’ve received by those few readers, it was a wonderful story.
Anyhow, I have not quit writing. It remains a part of my every day. With ‘Joe’ I’ve gone out on a limb — no Morans and no Officer Trygg. Joe was an obscure character in my last novel and not someone most would consider the type of person that novels are made of. Joe is a janitor at a Duluth mall. I’ve allowed Joe to tell his story in his own words, and then critqued the story through the eyes of another character that has never appeared in any of my novels to date.
Writing ‘Joe” was a challenge with no carry-over of familiar characters. The story is nearly complete and I will have the first of my readers have a crack at telling me what’s wrong with the story . . . what doesn’t work. You will see that Joe has a serious personality disorder. That’s all I can say now. If everything goes well, ‘Joe’ will be published later this year — before Christmas for sure.
Keep in touch with me through this site. I love to get feedback on any of my novels. Without the input of readers I’ll keep making the same mistakes over and over. Thanks.