In 1967 R. K. (Randy) Mortenson, the youngest of Donald and Juliette Mortenson's six children, was born in St. Louis Park, Minnesota. It didn't take long for his family to find out writing was in his future.
By the fifth grade, Randy was already a published author having been paid $5 for a poem that appeared in the Minneapolis Star-Tribune supplement, The Smile Factory. It was then that he discovered the power of a good story.
He joined a swimming team --- the Brooklyn Park Bluefins --- in 2nd grade, when he could barely swim the length of the pool. By high school he was co-captain of the swim