Author Next Door: Joan Schmeichel

Author Next Door: Joan Schmeichel

Joan Schmeichel Writes Mysteries from Fairy Tale Characters to Football by Erin Evans Joan Schmeichel, 88, is always working on a story, and when she isn’t, she is thinking of her next one. When the idea of a character named Roman Boles — a 23-year-old football player...
Author Next Door: Jenn Gregory

Author Next Door: Jenn Gregory

Jenn Gregory Writes to Inspire Graduates During the Pandemic by Erin Evans On the night of March 31, one month after Michigan schools shut down due to the coronavirus pandemic, Jenn Gregory could not sleep. Worry for those who were graduating this year—including her...
Author Next Door: Robert Emmet

Author Next Door: Robert Emmet

The Transplant that Changed Robert Emmet’s Life and His New Book that Could Change Yours By Erin Evans After enduring a double-lung transplant and the resulting PTSD, retired English teacher Robert Emmet, 70, took his therapist’s suggestion to write a book about his...
Author Next Door: Emita Brady Hill

Author Next Door: Emita Brady Hill

by Erin Evans The subjects in Emita Brady Hill’s two books of interviews are as different as can be: people living in the Bronx in the 1970s and 80s, and women in the food industry in northern Michigan. The common thread here? She finds all of their stories immensely...
Author Next Door: Sally Jo Messersmith

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...
Author Next Door: Patricia Steele

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...