Oh, summer, take me away! And that’s exactly what she did. I spent a week out on the western edge of the Minnesota prairie with other writers and artists and friends. I was inspired by the creative energy of everyone.

Minnesota published authors take note. Ann Thompson of Billy Maple Trees in Milan, MN is interested in carrying more of your works in her shop. In the fall, September 30-October 2, the area’s Arts Meander will bring over 500 buyers through her small store. Now is the time to get your books on her shelves! At Billy Maple Trees, I picked up two books by Minnesota author Vincent Wyckoff, “Beware of Cat and Other Encounters of a Letter Carrier” and his newest book, “Black Otter Bay.”

Praise for Black Otter Bay:
“Vincent Wyckoff writes as both a novelist and a naturalist, bringing to life a vivid cast of characters (go, Abby!) as well as engaging the reader’s senses in the beauty and wildness of Minnesota’s North Shore. Black Otter Bay is suspenseful, surprising, and satisfying.” 
Lorna Landvik, author of “Best to Laugh”

“Set against a backdrop of Lake Superior, Wyckoff’s compelling mystery is populated with upright folks and roiling with a seedy undercurrent. This is a cabin must-read.” Jane St. Anthony, author of “Isabelle Day Refuses to Die of a Broken Heart”

When I arrived back in Brainerd, Arts in the Park was underway. I strolled through Gregory Park near the end of the day on Sunday. I met Minnesota author Connie Claire Szarke. She is the award-winning author of “Delicate Armor,” (Heron Bay Publishing, 2014) her debut novel. A work of literary historical fiction, it received the 2014 Jeannette Fair Book Award for Fiction by a Minnesota Woman Author and was a Midwest Book Award Finalist. “A Stone for Amer” is the 2nd novel, followed by “Lady in the Moon,” 2016, which creates a trilogy.

As I work feverishly to finish my first novel – just pages away – I am thrilled to learn more and more about my fellow Minnesota authors – young and old alike – and am excited to read their works and to encourage them to keep writing and to read local!

Posted by M E Fuller



Lakes Area Writers Alliance is a writers group in Brainerd, Minnesota that offers support, encouragement, and critique to members and visitors to their monthly meetings.


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