A little bit about Dennis Frahmann, or what led to this novel

Sometimes, people try to escape their roots.  They may move far away, or travel the world.  They can take up new interests or seek new friends.

Yet their roots keep them grounded to the place they came from.  So it is with me.  I detested the dairy farm in central Wisconsin that was a part of my everyday life until I was a teenager.  I’m not sure I cared much more for the little resort town in Northern Wisconsin, where my father moved to manage a lumber mill when I was 15.

So, in 1971, when I graduated from high school, I was eager to escape – first to Ripon College in the state and then to graduate school in New York City.  After graduate school, I did many things in many places:   A restaurant critic in Minneapolis.  Writing training for a mainframe computer company.  Working in PR and advertising.  Leading marketing for a software company.

But through it all, Wisconsin lingered.  And one day I decided I had to return to it – not to live there, but to write about it.  That’s what Tales from the Loon Town Café is all about.

     Dennis Frahmann