I’m not a native Minnesotan but came here after graduating from medical school in South Dakota to do a residency in pathology at the Mayo Clinic (or as we call it here, “the WFMC” – the World Famous Mayo Clinic). I’ve been here ever since.
I retired from medicine in 2010 and turned my attention to writing and painting. I’ve had a lifelong love of the prairie and admiration for the brave men and women who settled this part of the Midwest. All of my books and paintings are related in some way to the history of the Great Plains. Nothing gives me greater pleasure than roaming the back roads and byways of western Minnesota looking for old rusty objects. Sometimes these gems are hidden amongst overgrown weeds in an abandoned farmyard or are sitting on a dusty shelf in a small town antique shop. When they evoke a strong emotional response from me, it is time to pick up a paintbrush and bring out their beauty once more.
I also have a deep interest in history and the history of medicine. One of my favorite places in Minnesota is the Minnesota History Center in St. Paul. They have fascinating exhibits, plays and educational programs and historical sites throughout the state. What I like best is to spend an afternoon doing research for my books in the library of the History Center. What an amazing facility! If I want to write a scene that features women at work in a steam powered laundry in 1886 and need a visual to describe it accurately, all I have to do is search the photographic database and within minutes I am holding an actual picture in my hand. I’ve had many a goose-bump moment looking at those old photos, diaries and records. And here’s the icing on the cake: they have an excellent restaurant that features Minnesota grown foods.
Just a few blocks away from the History Center is Summit Avenue, one of the best preserved areas of Victorian architecture in the country. A walk along this street is like stepping back in time. One can almost imagine the rumble of buggy wheels on the cobblestones and the swish of long skirts as the fashionably dressed ladies stroll along the sidewalk. Venture a block away and bustling Grand Avenue offers up charming shops and delightful restaurants.
I incorporate my love of history with my medical background; throw in rip-roaring adventure and a dash of romance to create a unique reading experience in my YA novels. My first book, Big Stone Heart, was published by Whiskey Creek Press in June, 2012. My second, The Secret Society of Sugar and Spice, releases March this year and my third book, The Baby Farm: Book Two of the Secret Society of Sugar and Spice, was just accepted for publication by Whiskey Creek Press. Please visit my blog and my websites to join me in the adventure!
(pictures provided by author)