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.
Her novella, Atlanta, was also published in 2011 by Main Street Rag Publishing. The eBook is now available on all platforms.
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.
What inspires you to write?
I love telling a great story.
Tell us about your writing process.
I think every writer has to find their own process.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I create my characters, bounce them off each other, and let them speak.
What advice would you give other writers?
Read, read, read. You can’t be a good writer unless you are a rabid reader.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
All of my books have been published by small, independent publishers. I purchased the rights to the eBook for my novella because the publisher was probably not going to release it as an eBook.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
The world will always need great stories. How those stories are delivered may change, but there will always be this hunger to be filled by great writing.
What genres do you write?
literary fiction, non fiction (adventure memoirs)
What formats are your books in?
Both eBook and Print
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