BaitStore Angel and Other Stories

Green Stamps to Hot Pants: Growing Up in the 50s and 60s

Heart and Hard Work: Memories of Nordeast Minneapolis

Pride and Tradition: More Memories of Northeast Minneapolis

Roots and Ties: A Scrapbook of Northeast Minneapolis

About The Author

Genny Zak Kieley, Minneapolis Historian
Genny Zak Kieley is a non-fiction writer. She was born in Little Falls, MN and moved to Northeast Minneapolis at the age of six, a place that deeply influenced the writing of her first book Heart and Hardgenny kieley Work; Memories of Nordeast Minneapolis.

Genny's first story A House No Longer Lived In was published in Polish American Journal in Buffalo, New York in1990.

Heart and Hard Work published in 1997 is now in its sixth printing, and has sold 7,800 copies. It was not on the best seller list, but sure made a lot of Northeast Minneapolis people happy and also held the distinction of the most likely to disappear from the Northeast Community Library.

Here is what Genny has to say about her writing:
I didn't start out as a writer; my background is in art. I was kind of a shy kid and came from a large family. I didn't know how to get my thoughts out to others so I would daydream a lot and sketched people and other things like houses and landscapes. I wanted so much to be an artist; so when I couldn't go to art school I was devastated. We just didn't have the money. I spent my life going from one part time job to another. None of them suited me. The ones I liked the best were picture framing and waitressing. I was a late bloomer and discovered so much in later life. In the mid-1980s I took an interest in genealogy and signed up for a few classes at North Hennepin Community College. It was there I discovered writing. Although I began my writing there; it was a class with Maureen LaJoy at the Center for Developing Writers that really helped me to establish myself as a writer. Maureen believed in me, taught me about technique and helped me form a routine; so I could fit writing in to my life.

A typical writing day for me-- I have an office but I spend most of my creating time in my bedroom in a super comfy recliner that I handwrite everything. The best stuff seems to flow from my heart to my hand and onto the page. Almost anything distracts me so I don't listen to music and my room can't be too messy. Music and art inspire me though. The lay out on the page of a book is important to me too.

I write as a job and for my own pleasure. I try to keep a journal but I don't write in it every day. I write for myself and to connect with others. I don't always have the time to write and it is getting harder and harder for me to switch gears between home and family, business and pleasure. The lines get clouded. About once a year or so I get a little bogged down with writer's block and forget what is most important in life. Writing makes me happy. I write whenever I can; but lately seem to have a busy life with other commitments.

Newly released is a great non fiction collection of stories told by the Fabulous Storyteller Genny Zak Kieley titled " BaitStore Angel and Other Stories" be sure to get your copy today. You can order it on line now and be the first in line when it is released on Aug 5, 2013

What's to come...
In addition to her series on Northeast Minneapolis and her memoirs of the 50's and 60's, Genny has a few more projects currently in the works
 BlueDot Sequal to Green Stamps tentatively titled -- More Green Stamps to Hot Pants: Growing up in the 50s and 60s
 BlueDot Book of Short Stories called Baitstore Angel and Other Stories,Daughter # Five, Fisherman's Wife
 BlueDot A Memoir called A Mother's Journal: Journey Back to Hope after the death of my son

Genny is a member of the Maple Grove Nightwriters. A group that is a spin-off of Maureen LaJoy's Center for Developing Writers that started in 2000.