Authors Next Door

If you seek a pleasant peninsula, look about you.

Michigan’s state motto could easily hold true for authors as well as peninsulas. We are not only fortunate to live near pristine waters, sweeping dunes and stellar sunsets but we are surrounded by a large number of writers as well. Ernest Hemingway, Elmore Leonard, Bonnie Jo Campbell, Patricia Pollaco, Christopher Paul Curtis, Gloria Whelan, Loren Estleman, Jeffrey Eugenides, Jim Harrision, and NWS co-founder Doug Stanton – just to name a few. While you may be familiar with most of these names the fact is that the state of Michigan is home to an endless number of outstanding authors. You may not know all of their names but their stories and the books they are writing and have written are noteworthy.

The National Writers Series launched their Authors Next Door feature in 2013 to shine the spotlight on these authors. Each month we profile a different author, sharing their stories about themselves and their writing with you. We hope you enjoy reading about these authors as much as we enjoy writing about them.

A poet must discover that it’s his own story that is true, even if the truth is small indeed.” ― Jim Harrison

Are you the published author of a novel, poetry or short story collection, memoir, graphic novel, children’s book (you get the picture) and want to get the word out? Do you live in northwest Michigan or have a connection to our little piece of heaven? If the answer is yes to both, then perhaps you could be our next Author Next Door.  I’d love to hear from you.

Contact Anne Stanton at


Debbie Craig
Richard C. Bachus
Fleda Brown
Heather Shumaker
Bob Jones
Jack Driscoll
Angie Morgan
Sarah Shoemaker
Jennifer Weil
Marina Nieman Call


Stephen Lewis
Chris Convissor
Priscilla Miller
Jeff Smith
Kathleen Stocking
Jay Harrington


Leland James
Lisa Maxbauer Price
Barbara Stark-Nemon
Richard Alan Hall
Paul Flower
Alison DeCamp
Priscilla Miller 
Jeanne Sirotkin


Ross Richardson
Kate Bassett

Roberta F. King

Jake Smith

Caitlin Doyle 
Amy Spitzley
Bill Montgomery
Valerie Himick
Susan Newhof
Greg Holmes and Katherine Roth
Teresa Scollon


Daniel Hendrix
Donald Lystra
Richard Fidler
Elizabeth Kane Buzzelli
Aaron Stander
Mo Gerhardt
Mardi Jo Link
Jeff Schatzer
Cari Noga
Jeff Kessler