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(Updated Feb. 13, 2021)

The Swineherd's Angel is now available in print and e-book on Amazon.
Four stars!

Nice review on Amazon!
"A good tale, well told."

The Swineherd's Angel missed the finalist list in the novel/short story category for the 33rd annual Minnesota Book Awards. A faint hope but not a surprise. Winners in all categories will be announced April 28, 2021.

I have a limited number of remainders of Good Ice. During the present COVID-19 lock-down, if you would like a good novel, send me your mailing address and I will send a complimentary signed copy.

Gaining traction on a fourth novel.

A grant for The Swineherd's Angel from the Southwest Minnesota Arts Council provided funds for hiring an editor, travel for research, and a soon-to-be-updated website.

An interview with Pioneer Public TV that aired April 27 and 30, 2017 on the Compass program can be viewed at the Pioneer Public Television link below.


Poneer Public Television-Compass
Southwest Minnesota Arts Council
North Star Press
The Loft Literary Center
Good Reads
Celebrate Art Celebrate Coffee
Read Local/Marshall Area Fine Arts Council




The Swineherd's Angel

376 pages, paper, 2020

A young woman grad student from Iran and Iowa farm boy get swept up in a foreign animal disease crisis, with events that could be pulled from the headlines—agroterrorism, government cover-ups, immigration status, and the clash between newcomers and residents in a small town. Mystery, romance, family, religion, money - all combine in this compelling story.

Buffalo Ridge

Buffalo Ridge by Forrest Peterson

301 pages, paper, 2012, North Star Press, St. Cloud, MN

A young family faces big problems – drugs (meth) and drug dealers, finances – trying to make a living, raising a family. They face these challenges with strength, weakness, humor, sustained by community, faith, and the importance of family. The story begins with a dramatic event – in this case an apparent homicide – and develops into a rich, compelling, contemporary drama. More than a murder mystery, it builds on the underlying theme of children and how they fare amid life’s struggles faced by parents, adults, communities.

Good Ice

383 pages, hard cover, 2007, North Star Press, St. Cloud, MNGood Ice by Forrest Peterson

In the late 1950s, a small group of junior high kids and their small town face-to-face with discrimination and injustice, underlying the “life was good” image of the era. Young Mario Ruiz and his mother leave their home in California for her summer school teaching job in the Midwest. Maria accepts a full-time job, to escape the past and make a fresh start. But their past follows them. When Mario and his friends embark on their adventure they end up experiencing lessons only talked about in seventh grade social studies class at Clareton Junior High. In trying to help the old bum living in a shack just outside town they see the discrimination and injustice that he faces.