Mystery and thriller author will visit Worthington Library to talk about writing – The Globe

WORTHINGTON — Award-winning mystery thriller author Allen Eskens will visit the Worthington branch of the Nobles County Library Thursday at 6:30 p.m. to talk about storytelling, the craft of writing and the publishing process.

When he started writing, Eskens never expected to become a full-time novelist.

“I really thought I was going to do this for my own enjoyment, and when I decided to get published it was ‘let’s see’, ‘what if’, ‘let’s see if this could happen,'” Eskens said. . “And now I’m a full-time writer. My passion has become my vocation.

Eskens already has seven books to his credit since his first, ‘The Life We Bury’ was published in 2014. It was followed by ‘The Guise of Another’, ‘The Heavens May Fall’, ‘The Deep Dark Descending “, “The Shadows We Hide”, “Nothing More Dangerous” and “The Stolen Hours”. His eighth book will be released in September.

Many of Eskens’ books are set in Minnesota, with locations in Cottonwood County, Austin, and the Twin Cities, and that’s because he follows the age-old advice to write what he knows.

Eskens grew up in Missouri, but earned a journalism degree from the University of Minnesota, followed by a law degree from Hamline University. He practiced criminal law for 25 years, but also studied creative writing at Minnesota State University – Mankato, the Loft Literary Center, and the Iowa Summer Writer’s Festival.

When he finished law school, he began studying writing for his own enjoyment, intending to write stories for fun – but he wanted to write them better.

“I had a passion for writing, but I didn’t want to be known as another lawyer turned writer. My original plan was that I wanted to be a literary novelist, because I didn’t want to be that cliché,” Eskens said.

And then he kept reading books by famous and beloved authors who kept getting the legal elements of their writing wrong, and it kept bothering him. When he saw Clint Eastwood’s 2003 film Mystic River, Eskens realized that a mystery or crime drama could still be a real character story, and decided that was what he wanted. make.

“Allen Eskens is a pretty popular author in our system,” said Daniel Mick, adult duty librarian at the Nobles County Library, comparing his work to David Baldacci and James Patterson, who also write thrillers and novels. legal thrillers. “We’re really thrilled to have him here.”

In her talk on Thursday, which is free and open to the public, Eskens will talk about her writing techniques and process.

“When I write a scene, as a writer, what you normally do, you imagine what the scene is like,” Eskens said. “And I have a very vivid imagination, but when I go to a stage and walk around, I understand it better. I use more senses than my visual sense when I was dreaming.

He advised every author to learn the craft and develop the tools and techniques needed to write a better novel.

“Even a bad plot can be made interesting if you know the craft, and a great plot can be destroyed if you don’t know the craft,” Eskens said.

Funding for the author’s visit comes from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund (a branch of the Clean Waters Act), and the money is designated by Minnesota voters who fund libraries for arts and cultural heritage programming .

For more information about Eskens, visit alleneskens.com.

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