Rick Shefchik was born and raised in Duluth, Minnesota, graduated from Dartmouth College in 1974 and worked at the Duluth News-Tribune for three years. He then spent 26 years at the St. Paul Pioneer Press as a media critic, features writer, columnist and sportswriter.
He left the Pioneer Press in December 2006 to become a novelist and freelance journalist.
He is the author of four novels and two works of non-fiction. His 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 new work of musical history upon its publication in November 2015. The book, which features interviews with dozens of musicians, promoters, deejays and managers, and 150 vintage photographs, went into a second printing less than two months after its debut.
His 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.
He has published four novels. "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 and features an extortion plot involving the Boston Red Sox. His third Sam Skarda novel, "Frozen Tundra," concerns a potential ownership takeover of the Green Bay Packers, and was published in 2010 by North Star Press.
His 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.
Rick Shefchik lives in Stillwater, Minnesota, with his wife, Barbara. They have two children -- Claire, who is a freelance writer and editor living in the Twin Cities, and David, who is a computer scientist living in Portland, OR. His primary hobbies are golf and playing the guitar, at which he's equally adequate, but some distance from accomplished.