Monday, April 1, 2013

MN author William Kent Krueger is back on KAXE/KBXE!

You've heard William Kent Krueger many times on KAXE/KBXE talking mysteries and the writing process with Heidi Holtan. Now he's put out a new novel that isn't part of his bestselling Cork O'Connor mystery series.  It's called "Ordinary Grace" and tells the story of a young man in 1961 small town Minnesota who has to come to grips with the darker side of life. 

William Kent Krueger is a Minnesota author who has a gift for capturing place and time.  In his Cork O'Connor mysteries he captures northern Minnesota and Ojibwe and white cultures.  In his latest, he's created a stand alone story set in Minnesota in 1961.  Frank Drum is thirteen and for the first time in his life, has to face tragedy and death. 

“Once in a blue moon a book drops down on your desk that demands to be read. You pick it up and read the first page, and then the second, and you are hooked. Such a book is Ordinary Grace…This is a book that makes the reader feel better just by having been exposed to the delights of the story. It will stay with you for quite some time and you will always remember it with a smile.” (Huffington Post )

You can read an excerpt here. 

Heidi Holtan will talk with William Kent Krueger about "Ordinary Grace" coming up Wednesday April 10th at 6pm.  You can listen online at or check the archive of Heidi's Realgoodwords interviews at

Heidi's last conversation with William Kent Krueger was about "Trickster's Point".  You can hear the Realgoodwords archived interview here! 


Eric Mills said...

Hi Heidi!

This is an excellent post, and I am disappointed that I will be out of the country and unable to catch that interview!

A few thoughts on your post...

You have done a great job with your title in this post. An interview with William Kent Krueger is a unique opportunity that will help to drive your readers to learn more.

In addition, you do a great job with your links in this article. They are attached to relevant sources of information, that will add value to the reader's experience. I would add that there is one link that is broken in my article(, which can potentially hurt your search results.

The last point I will mention is that you have an excellent opportunity here for a call to action, and you do a good job of letting folks know about the upcoming interview date. It may also help to give a registration form or link to subscribe via email to get a reminder delivered to the reader's inbox when the interview will be happening... sometimes a reader will see something that they might like to attend, but will forget if they don't get an additional way to remind themselves. It is a good strategy to give them that opportunity.

Overall, great job!

- Eric Mills

Heidi Holtan said...

Thanks Eric, great pointers!

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