I was well on my way to becoming a lawyer when I discovered creative writing in a class at the University of Minnesota in the early 1990’s. I took a fiction-writing class with Alexs Pate, the author of five novels including Amistad. He was working on his first novel at the time.
During that time, I started writing short stories of my own but but I continued with my legal studies attending the University of South Dakota School of Law. Later I joined Johnson, Heidepriem & Abdallah in Sioux Falls. There I did a lot of writing—legal briefs and such—but it was a far cry from writing fiction.