Friday, January 3, 2020

9/22. 9/22. 9/22!

For all of you fidgetingly excited readers, that's when my next and very best book, Life of Increments, will hit shelves.

Saturday, September 17, 2016

LOLA Art Crawl

Faithful Readers (and those who don't know me but love stories):

The Longfellow League of Artists (LOLA) Art Crawl is today and tomorrow, from 10-5. If you get a chance, come say hi to me at Mother Earth Gardens. I'm stationed between a dessert artist and a jewelry artist, so you'll leave not only with a story kicking around your head but with sated tastebuds and a sparkly head.

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Next Book

So people frequently ask me if I have a new book coming out. Granted, I'm not talking about hordes of people beating down my door needing an answer--I ain't no J.K. Rowling, as you likely well know--but those of all ages who have read my books do ask this question a lot.

There are two answers:

1. I did put a book out in November. It's a basketball book for young adults (the book's titled Slingers), and I humbly think it's pretty great. Look at the sidebar for more on this book. Unless you've been paying attention to my blog or Facebook posts, however, you likely don't know much about this book, as I self-published it. Basketball season was on the way, I was teaching a vignette unit at school and wanted the book available to provide examples to my students, and so I made the book happen.

2. I have in the last several months finished another book. It's called Life in Increments. It took me years to write this book, and I have to tell you, I think it's absolutely the best and most meaningful story I've ever told.

Life in Increments is a junior-high love story. Ah, but it's more than that. It's my attempt, every step of the way, to tell the truest junior-high love story I could. Sometimes it's funny. Sometimes it's tragic. Sometimes it's fantastical. Sometimes it's grounded very much in day-to-day reality.

Anyway, the book's out with some publishers now, and I hope you get a chance to see it at some point.

Cheers,
Andy

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Thanks, Plymouth Creek Elementary!

A week ago, I visited Plymouth Creek Elementary in Wayzata. The wonderful Sharon Lepensky, PCE's media specialist, set it all up, and so I had the opportunity to share my stories and writing strategies, plus laugh a lot, during three presentations--one for 5th graders, another for 4th graders, and another for 3rd graders. We were packed in tight, and each presentation was an hour, but the time careened by we were all having such fun.

Thanks, Plymouth Creek!

On the Radio

Hey--cool news: I was interviewed in early January on a radio program ("Voices in the Valley") on KLBB 1220 AM out of Stillwater. The episode aired originally a couple days ago. Now it's available as a podcast here.
I show up officially at the 8:00 mark.
I was asked about my books and how I develop conflict in a story. Oh, and I worked in a memory of Stonebridge Elementary's Cube City, too. If you get a chance, take a listen.

Saturday, December 12, 2015

Slingers!

BREAKING NEWS:
Just in time for the holidays...
Just in time for the basketball season...

My fourth novel!

It's a YA novel (but, as with the best YA, hopefully anyone can enjoy it).

It's a basketball novel (but, as with the best basketball novels, hopefully you don't need to be a basketball fan to enjoy it).

It's affordable. $10 online--and even better, $5 at Friedman's Department Stores. Or, free at Friedman's with a minimum purchase of $50. So, if you're in the market for a new pair of shoes, boots, or a jacket, you can find reading material (or the perfect holiday book for basketball lovers of all ages?) all in one place!

This one's not available through traditional means--think of it as the literary equivalent of your favorite local musical artist's boutique new album.

Enjoy!
Andy

I encourage the trip to Friedman's, but you can buy or learn more about it here: http://www.lulu.com/…/sling…/paperback/product-22458438.html


Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Like the Coolest. Just the Coolest.

Today I visited rehearsal for the play Dizzy Fantastic and Her Flying Bicycle. This is the play I wrote the script for, adapting my book by the same title. It will be the first show at St. Paul Academy and Summit School's stunning new performing arts center.

I hope you'll attend. Shows are 7:00 on Friday, October 23rd and 4:00 on Saturday, October 24th. Admission will be free; seats, first come, first served.

You may be thinking, A school play? Could that be any good?

If you're thinking that, you've never seen a play put on at SPA. I'm lucky enough to teach English at a school whose theater program regularly produces remarkable shows. The actors are talented and dedicated; the directors are experienced and visionary.

So, anyway, I was at rehearsal today. And my goodness, is this thing shaping up. It was one of the coolest experiences of my life to sit with actors (students at our school!) and talk about where the characters in the show come from. This is my most personal book. Most of the characters are inspired by people in my life, and so I could get very specific as actors asked questions.

And then I got to watch them rehearse the first two-thirds or so of the show. To have actors speaking my words! Inhabiting characters I put on the page! Like the coolest. Just the coolest. I felt for one day like a big-time writer.

I hope the play makes you laugh. Maybe your heart will soar.

If it sounds like I myself am soaring tonight--if I'm brimming over (annoyingly) with self-congratulations--don't worry. My dog will eat one of my shoes or something tonight, I'm sure.