Reading is a hobby I will never grow out of. My taste in books has evolved even in the last couple of years; mainly, I’m searching for books from local Minnesota authors. Some of my favorite book series come from authors who are in my neighborhood. It’s not hard to find out about these authors, especially because of different book-related events that happen in the area. The Roseville Barnes & Noble is hosting a meet and greet with local Minnesota authors on Saturday, June 9, from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. In total, there are five authors appearing for this event: Adrian Lee, Jason Quill, Steven Brust, Christopher Schmitz, and K. Bird Lincoln.
While raised in London, Lee combines paranormal investigations with Minnesota locations in his books. In Mysterious Minnesota, Lee goes into detail about the spirits at Fort Snelling and the Wabasha Street Caves’ gangster ghosts. He has plenty of experience with the paranormal, as he established the International Paranormal Society and is a member of the Luton Paranormal Society in England. He also hosts the only weekly paranormal news quiz show, More Questions than Answers.
J. Lloren Quill
I personally met Quill at Minnesota Fan Fest in 2017 while he was promoting his book Severance Lost. Quill’s goal in creating his Fractal Forsaken series is to create characters that don’t fit the mold of being heroes or villains. His characters will be put into morally gray situations to surprise readers with the outcome of his books. Quill has his doctorate in biomedical engineering, which also influences his writing style for his series.
Brust is a St. Paul native who, over the course of his writing career, has written 31 books. One of his more famous series of books features Vlad Taltos, the wisecracking assassin. Brust’s real talent is world-building, as many of his stories take place in this world he has created. Besides seeing his books on the shelves, Brust is a talented musician playing in the band Cats Laughing.
Back in July of 2017, I reviewed Schmitz’s book Wolf of the Tesseract. I thoroughly enjoyed his series, which took inspiration from H. P. Lovecraft’s Call of Cthulhu tale. Schmitz is a self-published author, writing mostly science fiction and fantasy, with some occasional nonfiction stories as well. He has also tabled at local conventions, including Blizzard World and MSP ComiCon.
K. Bird Lincoln
K. Bird Lincoln‘s medieval Japanese fantasy series, Tiger Lily, can be purchased on Amazon, while her urban-fantasy novel Dream Eater, is published by World Weaver Press. Dream Eater is the first novel in a trilogy, Portland Hafu, set in Portland and Japan. In addition to her writing, K. Bird Lincoln is an ESL professional.
I have personally met two of the five authors listed above, and they were extremely passionate about the stories they tell. All authors need support of the dedicated readers to help buy their books but also promote the book to friends and family. So drive to Roseville, get caffeinated, and buy something new to read.