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A: I don’t write every day. Not on paper, at least. In my head I write constantly, though. I never stop.
Q: Tell me about your time in Minnesota?
A: I grew up in small towns of under a thousand people, where you know a little about everyone and learn to talk to every type. I can’t think of a better education for a writer. The irony is that the trusting nature this bred in me made me vulnerable to a world-class fraud who I was too polite to challenge.
Q: What did you learn on a Minnesota farm, if anything, that has taken you so far?
A: I learned that the weather is in control, not us. All we control is our reactions to what life hands us. So keep a sense of humor.
Q: How is Montana’s Big Sky different from the heavens above Minnesota? (For example: I can tell you that Minnesota is sunnier than Michigan.)
A: Montana is like Minnesota with mountains but without the bugs and the humidity.
Q: Are you financially set for life?
A: Not even close.
Q: How many takes were required before you captured the appropriate amount of stylin’ and profilin’ for your Twitter photo?
A: That was a Christmas photo taken by the teenage daughter of a friend. The holidays bring out the rebel in me.
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