I was born, raised, educated, praised, scorned, loved, and shunned in Chicago — and then I took my act on the road. Having endured more frigid winters than I care to think about, I made sure the road led somewhere warm. I’ve lived in Los Angeles, and Honolulu, and Los Angeles again. I loved the warm weather, the blue ocean, and the palm trees. But I didn’t like the isolation of living in the remote reaches of the Hawaiian Pacific. Nor did I like the congestion, smog, and cost of living in L.A.

So when my daughter was born, my wife and I thought we could do worse than to raise her in the Midwest, despite the weather. Our decision proved to be correct. Our daughter has grown up to be a happy and brilliant young woman. The Midwest has been a productive place for me to write. And global warming has produced much more moderate winters than the ones I suffered through as a boy.

— Joe

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  1. Nancy Wagner says:

    I’m binge reading your absolutely addicting Jim McGill series and am currently reading The Daddy’s Girl Decoy. Suddenly the whole gang was in Olmsted County which is where my husband and I had a hobby farm until 2018. We were just a couple of miles West of Chatfield’s Main Street. Have you been there? I’m taking a quick break to write you but am anxious to see what happens to Catie’s double so will sign off. If you need another unique setting in which to set a story, we now live in the beautiful river town of Red Wing. I’ll buy you a coffee when you come to check it out!

    • admin says:

      Sorry for being so tardy with a reply, but I’m much better at writing novels than corresponding. I’ve yet to visit Minnesota, one of 13 states I’ve missed seeing. Having grown up in Chicago, I was reluctant to go anywhere that gets colder. Also, there are rivalries involved here: Bears vs. Vikings and White Sox vs. Twins. Hope you enjoy all the McGill books, including the just published #13, The Boy From Illinois.

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