Rick Shefchik

I'm from Duluth, Minnesota. I graduated from Dartmouth College in 1974 and worked at the Duluth News-Tribune for three years. I then spent 26 years at the St. Paul Pioneer Press as a media and music critic, features writer, columnist and sportswriter. I left the Pioneer Press in December 2006 to become an author.

I have written four novels, two works of non-fiction and three privately-published golf club histories. My most recent book is "Everybody's Heard About the Bird: The True Story of 1960s Rock 'n' Roll in Minnesota," which became Amazon's most popular work of musical history upon its publication in November 2015. Featuring interviews with dozens of musicians, promoters, deejays and managers, and 150 vintage photographs, "Everybody's Heard About the Bird" went into a second printing less than two months after its debut.

My first non-fiction book, "From Fields to Fairways: Classic Golf Clubs of Minnesota" was published in March 2012. With stories and photos dating back to 1893, it has been called the state's definitive golf history book.

My first novel, "Amen Corner," about a serial killer on the loose at The Masters, was published in 2007 by Poisoned Pen Press, and is the first in a series of sports-related thrillers featuring ex-Minneapolis police detective Sam Skarda. The second, "Green Monster," was published by Poisoned Pen in 2008. 

My most recent Sam Skarda novel, "Frozen Tundra," concerns a potential ownership takeover of the Green Bay Packers, and was published in 2010 by North Star Press.

My fourth novel, "Rather See You Dead," is a stand-alone rock 'n' roll thriller based on a possible meeting between Elvis Presley and John Lennon in 1960, and was published as an e-book in September 2011.

I am currently working on a novel about gangsters and politicians in Minnesota in the 1920s and 1930s, from Prohibition to the Depression.

I've played guitar for 50 years, and I've written at least that many songs. I've played in a half-dozen bands - none currently. 

I live in Stillwater, Minnesota, with my wife, Barbara. We have two children - Claire, who is a writer and journalist living in the British Virgin Islands, and David, who is a software engineer living in Portland, OR.