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About the Author

I'VE WRITTEN two traditionally published novels, Darkest Desire (1998, Ecco Press) and Lost Souls (1988, Available Press). Darkest Desire was also published in Germany and Japan, sold to an Italian publisher, and optioned by a US film production company.

In the years since then I’ve moved my novels to eBooks formats that I control. My novels Mermaid in Vegas, Thereafter, Valentine's Cafe and Darkest Desire are all available in eBook form via Amazon and Smashwords. Two additional novels, Fatman’s Inferno and Wilderness, are available for free download here.

I've spent most of the past 30 years working for a variety of publications, ranging from the rabidly hippie to the hugely corporate. I started out in 1975 in a Denver-based, collectively-run news service for alternative papers, that was — helpfully for the period — ransacked by the FBI-funded US Labor Party. Decades later I owned and operated newspapers for my St. Paul neighborhood, Frogtown, which is the first stop for most new immigrants to Minnesota. In between, I worked at papers and magazines such as the Atlanta Journal and Constitution, the Chicago Reader, and Health Magazine, and served as editor of the Minneapolis weekly, City Pages. I've also freelanced for numerous magazines, including Outside and the New York Times Book Review.

I'm an active participant in the affairs of our neighborhood. I've served on various non-profit boards and citizen committees, and was chair of a neighborhood group that conceived of and organized a city park and demonstration farm. I've been a board member of a local paddling organization, and have built numerous replicas of Greenland and Alaskan-style skin-on-frame kayaks. I’m currently the editor of The Masik, the online newsletter of Qajaq USA. The organization is the US affiliate of the Greenland national kayak association, Qaannat Kattuffiat.