Last year I completed about half of my current adventure exploring the ISLANDS of the Great Lakes.
I am currently working on this portion of the manuscript so I can send it to my publisher.
If you've read either of my first two books, you'll know that they are much more than an adventure journal. I do interviews with experts and interesting people I meet along the way.
And I do a lot of reading.
Part of My Great Lakes Library
I track down rare books with the help of great Indie Booksellers (thanks, especially, to Dog Ears Books in Northport, MI, Black River Books in South Haven, MI, and Novel Ideas in Baileys Harbor, WI). I buy textbooks to help me more fully understand subjects like geology and natural history.
Books and notes and research
I collect biographies of unique people associated with the Great Lakes. Recently, I acquired a new book about C.H. Thordarson. This man was born in Iceland, then his family came to America when he was quite young. Thordarson was a fascinating figure -- an inventor, a Chicago businessman -- connected to the Great Lakes Islands. He owned Rock Island which is located near Washington Island in western Lake Michigan.
All of this research allows me to bring fascinating information and stories and people to my books and to share the very best of what I learn with YOU.
This year, I'll complete the second half of this adventure. I'll explore islands in Lake Superior, Lake Huron, and Lake Ontario.
I'll also help with the Moosewatch Expedition on Isle Royale this May! Connecting with research going on these islands is a big part of this current adventure and will add a new dimension to the book.
A 1,000-Mile Great Lakes Island Adventure
will be released in 2015.
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