"A Life Worth Dreaming About"

"A Life Worth Dreaming About"
My debut novel available now, click on image to be redirected to my website

"A Life Worth Dreaming About" reviews


--- Linda


--- Scott B.

A feel good book.

--- Hannah F.

“I like the easy, accessible style.”

--- Julia Forster, author of “Shadow Jumper”

“Extremely intriguing.”

--- Lisa Lickel, author of five novels, including “The Map Quilt”

“Good straight forward storytelling and the hook at the end of Chapter 1 works well, when we think the excitement is over. ... The writing is quite good.”

--- Tod Schneider, author of “The Lost Wink”

“It was an enjoyable read. Once I got into it, it kept my interest to see where it was going.”

--- Jill Badzinski, former editor West Bend (Wis.) Daily News

“I like the story. Carl reminds me of Patrick Bateman in ‘American Psycho.’ They are both loners and have a fondness for expensive clothes. I like the description in the first chapters of his interaction, or rather lack of it with his colleagues. I think it's good.”

--- Maria Gibbons, author of “Past, Present, Future?”

Friday, June 3, 2016


Effective Monday, June 6, I will no longer be the sports editor of the Daily News. I have been promoted and accepted the position as the Daily News' managing editor.
I have been the sports editor for the Daily News for almost seven years. While it was a tough decision, I believe it is a great opportunity for me professionally and personally.
For the first time in my life, I will have a 9-5, Monday through Friday job. Several factors led me to this opportunity.
I had increasingly grown tired of working nights and the odd ball hours the sports desk often requires. When I have a bad day at the office, I had no way to unwind getting home at 1 a.m. Now I will be at home at night with my wife and kids and will have many more weekends free. Those two factors were my biggest motivators for pursing the change.
As it turned out, I was considered for the position before I expressed interest, which I'm honored.
It is going to be strange for many weeks to not have sports be my primary focus. But I will continue to write as the opportunity presents itself.
I'm honored, excited and nervous for this opportunity, and plan to continue and improve the paper's recent success.
Thank you to all that I have worked with throughout my tenure as the Daily News sports editor. I enjoyed covering this community's local sports scene.
Now, I'm ready to do the same for all of Washington County.
My contact information will slightly remain the same. Email will still be ndettmann@conleynet.com. But my direct office phone number changes to 262-306-5043.
In the interim, Adam Lindemer will handle the sports editor duties. He can be reached at 262-306-5047 or alindemer@conleynet.com.

Nicholas Dettmann
Daily News, managing editor

Sunday, October 12, 2014



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Thursday, October 2, 2014

Some news and thanks

I'm still holding out hope to get another book or two done in the near future. Things have been busier than they've been that I can remember, so time and energy has been a premium. I sincerely appreciate my fans' patience. I promise: another book or books will come out. I enjoyed working on my debut project and want to do more. Once things get sorted out, I hope to be able to punch out a book or two.

I'm excited to announce that my wife and I are nearing the purchase of our first home. We can't be more excited for the new chapter in our life.

Have been feeling blessed lately with the great friends, family and support that I have, in addition to finding out I will be a dad in March and will have a home where I can finally lay some roots.

Thank you to all of you!

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Be on the lookout

On Saturday, June 21, I will be one of the featured authors for the event, Threshold Author Showcase, in West Bend, Wis.

The event starts at 10 a.m.

In addition, I will be one of the featured authors on West Bend Community Television to help promote the event. The taping will take place at 8 a.m. June 17.

Here is a link to the event:


Thursday, April 24, 2014

What a thrill

On Tuesday, I spoke at Career Day at the Pathways Charter School in West Bend. It was a lot of fun. I thoroughly enjoy speaking about the cool things I've done in my writing career and the neat aspects of my career.

The folks at the school said if I could speak for about 30 minutes that'd be plenty good enough. It wound up going for an hour. I had so much fun answering so many questions from the kids. They thought it was so cool to be a sports writer and an even cooler to be an author.

The best part about it is when some of those kids, grades 7-9, came up to me afterward and said thank you for coming and that they really enjoyed meeting me and listening to me talk. I had a smile on my face the rest of the day.

What a thrill.

Monday, April 21, 2014

New appearance date added


I will take part in the Threshold's Showcase of Authors event, which will be 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, June 21, at the Lawrence & Vivian Stockhausen Center in West Bend.

Last year, more than 900 people attended the event and it will feature some of the top authors in the Midwest.

Be sure to save the date on your calendar for this special event.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Sorry it's been so long

Sorry it's been so long. Things have been busy in a lot of ways. Hope things are going well for all of my fans. I sincerely appreciate your support. Be sure to check out my event calendar at www.nickdettmann.com to see when I'll be coming to your area this year. And don’t forget to share your thoughts about the book at www.amazon.com/dp/B007B8ZD7E

Friday, February 7, 2014

Appearance date set

I have been invited to participate in the Wisconsin Writers Association's Author Showcase, which will be May 2-3 at the Days Inn Conference Center on French Island in La Crosse, Wis.

Mark your calendar!

And don't forget to mark the date for the annual West Bend Spring Fair to Remember show at the Washington County Fair Park on April 12.

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Happy Holidays

Happy holidays to you and your family.

I wanted to take this time to thank all of you for your support. It is sincerely appreciated. As 2013 winds down, it's been a wild ride this year and I'm intrigued to see how 2014 will play out.

While my book sales this year haven't been as good as I was hoping for, I'm still working hard to spreading the word about the book.

I ask that anyone who has read "A Life Worth Dreaming About" to post a review either on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, etc. Hearing your feedback will help me become a better writer.

I'm still piecing together my second book, which due to some added responsibilities with my full-time work, haven't been able to devote as much time to the project as I would like. But it is coming along, albeit at a slow pace. Trust me, it will get done.

Otherwise, I don't have any book signings planned as of right now for 2014. As soon as that changes, I'll pass it along.

Thank you again for your support and have a happy holiday season.

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