As a young man I left the relative comfort of my Minnesota roots in search of solace in the Northwest, residing twice in Montana and living for nearly a decade in a remote cabin in Oregon. As an outdoor enthusiast who enjoys mountain climbing, kayaking, and backpacking, I've traveled extensively throughout the American west, where activism, the environment, and politics converged into a way of life. Alcoholism counselor, carpenter, and ranch hand are but a few of the many occupations I have employed in an adventurous life. Home again in Minnesota, my literary focus is on stories that stir—slightly dark, never easy, always meaningful. Waterfall Dance is my debut novel.
While most small children dream of becoming an astronaut or ballerina, I had it in my head that I would someday write. I don't know how a ten-year-old boy gets it in his head that he wants to write, but there it was and there it remained for twenty-five years. Yet because I was something of a vagabond for so long, it would take that long to get started. So enamored was I with life that I almost forgot my childhood dream to write about it—almost. At thirty-five, while on the road in a twenty-one foot trailer, the dream reemerged and took hold. I remember thinking, how hard can it be?
When we change the way we look at things, the things we look at change. Wayne Dyer.
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