Authors Next Door


Published Authors Living Near Traverse City

Author Next Door: Sally Jo Messersmith

Sally Jo Messersmith’s Hope For Korea We all have dreams for this world. Sally Jo Messersmith’s dream is for the two Koreas to become one again. She has helped bring this hope closer to reality in part by writing a children’s book and a young adult book which she...

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Author Next Door: Patricia Steele

By Erin Evans Twelve years ago, Patricia Steele — convicted of killing a Lake Ann man while driving drunk — was led off to prison, where she served seven harrowing years, including time in maximum security, side-by-side with the most notorious female criminals in...

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Author Next Door: Peter Damm

by Erin Evans One morning, Peter Damm was taken by his mother to get his tooth pulled— already a dreadful enough ordeal, especially considering the dentist’s tendency to treat pain like a mildly annoying fly on the wall. Worse, his mother surprised him with a visit to...

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Author Next Door: Molly Greeley

Molly Greeley first read Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice when she was 10. She’s re-read it multiple times since — and has now written her own Jane Austen-inspired novel, The Clergyman’s Wife. The Clergyman's Wife, by Molly Greeley In The...

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Author Next Door: Kath Usitalo

Kath Usitalo Kath Usitalo’s love for the U.P. is apparent in her new book, Secret Upper Peninsula: The Weird, Wonderful, and Obscure. The Naubinway writer (“it’s at the northernmost part of Lake Michigan”) loves the weird and wonderful parts of the U.P. and is...

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Author Next Door: Laura Knight Cobb

Laura Knight Cobb, an elementary school teacher, poet, writer and lyricist, has just released The Lesson of the Lark, historical fiction aimed at 10- to 16-year-olds. It commemorates the centennial of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, giving women the right to...

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Author Next Door: Charlie Cutter

By Jodee Taylor Charlie Cutter grew up an only child with an English teacher for a mother. So he read. And he read really good books. “My mother had me read all these classics like Dickens, Homer and Shakespeare and that provided a great foundation for Western...

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Author Next Door: Stephen and Carolyn Lewis

By Molly Stadler “Carolyn Lewis’s short stories demand to be read,” says Stephen Lewis, and he’s not just saying that because he was her husband but as a writer himself, who knows what he is talking about. Mr. Lewis is right....

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Author Next Door: Dennis Turner

By Molly Stadler As an atheist and a pacifist, it seems odd that law professor and author Dennis Turner would write about nuns during World War Two. But What Did You Do in the War, Sister? How Belgian Nuns Defied and Deceived the Nazis in World War Two is about more...

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Author Next Door: Charles Eisendrath

By Molly Stadler Charles R. Eisendrath is tall, dark, handsome, smart, and successful—and, yes, he told me to write all of that. As a young intern for the National Writers Series, I was kind of nervous about interviewing Eisendrath. On paper he’s extremely...

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Author Next Door: Heather Shumaker

Heather Shumaker Seeks to Inspire By Molly Stadler Heather Shumaker writes for the children, the next and newest generation of readers and writers. The books they are reading have an enormous impact on their thoughts and feelings about literature, and can influence...

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Author Next Door: Jacki Erickson

By Anna Faller For most of us, the paranormal is pretend. Our childhood monsters have met their makers, and the world of spirits is purely storybook. But, local author Jacki Erickson, J.R. Erickson to her readers, disagrees. “We’re very good at questioning anything...

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