Read  Mary Ann Grossmann's  story  about J. Ryan and his debut novel  Kitchens of the Great Midwest.

Read  Mary Ann Grossmann's  story  about J. Ryan and his debut novel  Kitchens of the Great Midwest.

He has been a producer for reality television shows, such as ‘Ice Road Truckers,’ and edited or produced shows for VH1, MTV, ABC, Fox, A&E, Discovery and History. He edits the fiction section of the Nervous Breakdown, an online magazine featuring emerging writers and poets.

Although Stradal can cook — he made a chicken-wild rice hotdish recently — he most enjoys wine. Interesting pairings show up at several places in his novel.
— TwinCities.com