Paul Wesslund grew up in St. Paul, Minnesota, where he went to Macalester College. He worked four years as a reporter and copyeditor at daily newspapers in North Dakota, then moved to Washington, DC, to work at the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association as an energy writer and managing communications and community involvement programs. He worked the next twenty years as editor of Kentucky Living magazine and vice president for communications for the Kentucky Association of Electric Cooperatives in Louisville, before retiring to do freelance writing and communications consulting, including writing the book Small Business, Big Heart: How One Family Redefined the Bottom Line.
Paul is active in his church, St. Paul United Methodist in Louisville, where he helped start the Christian Action group that focuses on environmental and racial justice and church LGBTQ+ issues.
He and his wife, Debbie, live in Louisville, Kentucky, and have a daughter, Emma, who works in the Washington, DC, area, where she is involved in local theater. When Paul’s not writing, he’s likely attending a concert or curating his collection of music that includes jazz, classical, alternative and classic rock, country, electronic, African Soukous, and especially the blues.
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