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Loreen Niewenhuis: BIO

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Loreen Niewenhuis grew up in Michigan and has lived there most of her life. She pursued a life of science, getting a Bachelor, then Master of Science degrees. She worked in various aspects of that world including a hospital laboratory, basic animal research, and a bone marrow transplant group.

While taking a break from this work to raise her young sons, Loreen began writing fiction. This evolved into a passion and she returned to school to get her MFA from Spalding University.
In 2009, her short story collection, Scar Tissue, was a finalist for the Flannery O’Connor Award.
From the time she was a young girl climbing sand dunes and splashing in its cool waters, Loreen has felt connected and drawn to Lake Michigan. She decided to explore the lake fully by walking around it. The fascinating account of her journey, A 1,000 Mile Walk on the Beach, was released in 2011 by Crickhollow Books. This book was a Heartland Indie Bestseller.
Her novella, Atlanta, was also published in 2011 by Main Street Rag Publishing.
In 2012, Niewenhuis undertook another 1000-mile hike, this time along the shores of all five Great Lakes. The book about this adventure, A 1000-Mile Great Lakes Walk was published by Crickhollow Books in 2013. This book was given the “Great Lakes Great Reads Award.”
In late 2014, Niewenhuis completed the final installment in her Great Lakes Adventure trilogy. This time she launched out onto the water to explore the islands of the Great Lakes. From hiking the rugged wilderness of Isle Royale in Lake Superior, to strolling the metropolis on Montreal Island in the St. Lawrence River, Niewenhuis set foot on islands in every Great Lake and in their connecting waterways.
In this book, A 1,000-MILE GREAT LAKES ISLAND ADVENTURE, Niewenhuis takes the reader along on this fascinating island odyssey. Niewenhuis explores the natural and human history of the Great Lakes islands . . . and raises important questions about preserving our wild places and protecting fragile ecosystems on which we all depend.

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