For Minnesota authors Brian Freemanand Julie Kramer, touring their home state is an important and fun part of their job.

In recent weeks, Freeman has stopped in La Crescent and Stewartville to talk with readers about his latest book, "A Cold Nowhere."The suspense thriller was a finalist for the Minnesota Book Award this year.

At 7 p.m. Oct. 14, Freeman will stop at the Austin Library for a book reading and Q-and-A about the future adventures of Jonathan Stride, Freeman's protagonist.

Freeman has published 10 novels and his books have been sold and translated in 17 countries. While he tours all over, he always holds events throughout Minnesota.

"I've spent a lot of time in some great small towns through the years," said Freeman, who lives in St. Paul. "For me, that's just a big part of the fun of being a writer. I love the opportunity to chat with the readers and librarians and the booksellers. Writing is such an intense, solitary and introspective kind of profession for me, it's really wonderful to have these kinds of opportunities to go out and talk to people face-to-face."

Freeman said he has wanted to write books since he was a little kid. He finished his first novel when he was 13, but didn't find a publisher for another 20 years. Since his debut, "Immoral,"came out in 2006, he has published 10 more books and developed a huge fanbase in the United States and Italy.

"It's been an amazing ride these past 10 years," he said. "It's a dream I had been hoping for and trying for my entire life. It's still a tough business, but it's been an amazing ride."

Freeman's next book, "Season of Fear," comes out in March. It's already on sale in the United Kingdom.

Adams native loves to come home

Julie Kramer has published six books since she left WCCO in 2001. She was at the Minneapolis-based CBS station for 20 years as a news producer. Her debut novel, "Stalking Susan,"came out in 2008. Her mystery novels tend to deal with a fictional TV reporter.

This year, "Delivering Death"was published. She promoted the mystery from Florida to Arizona, but also included stops in Minnesota. Kramer, who grew up in Adams, will be at St. John Lutheran Church in Owatonna at 1 p.m. Thursday.

"I always try to have a lot of Minnesota stuff because I grew up in a small town in Minnesota. This is kind of my home turf," said Kramer, who lives in White Bear Lake.

Some of "Delivering Death" takes place in Austin. The town has named the book a finalist for the Austin Reads program. The town recommends one book for the residents to read.

"I use real locations in Minnesota — I don't invent a fictional town like Lake Wobegon," Kramer said. "My places, people will say 'I've been there, I've done that. I've had lunch there. It must all be true.' Part of it is because it is my old stomping grounds, so those locations mesh well with the stories I'm trying to tell."