Rick Shefchik was born in Duluth, MN, and received his B.A. in English/Creative Writing from Dartmouth. He worked in public relations and as a full-time musician before beginning his journalism career at the Duluth News Tribune in 1978. He moved to the St. Paul Pioneer Press in 1980 as a television critic, and later became a feature writer and columnist, writing a weekly syndicated parenting column for the Knight Ridder Newswire. He lives in Stillwater, MN, with his wife and two children. Amen Corner is his debut novel.