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.