Loreen Niewenhuis is getting a lot of attention for her well-worn boots.
As you may know, Loreen is the author of A 1,000-Mile Walk on the Beach, published by Crickhollow Books in 2011. Now, she has her second book, A 1,000-Mile Great Lakes Walk, out in a pre-launch phase, and she’s getting a lot of media attention.
The Detroit Free Press started it off with this feature by Ellen Creager,
who writes the Michigan Traveler series:
“Battle Creek woman took ‘A 1,000 Mile Great Lakes Walk’ and found adventure, herself”
It ends with a wonderful summary of the philosophy behind Loreen’s Great Lakes walks and her books:
When Niewenhuis tells people she’s been walking the lakes, “quite a few have said, ‘I’ve always meant to . . .’ and they name that thing they didn’t do,” she says.
“I tell them, that thing, you have to do it. You have to have that thing, that place, that goal. You need to make time for it,” she says. “You’ve got to do it when you can.”
That Free Press article then was picked up by some other major media:
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
“Michigan woman trekked around Lake Michigan”
(Although, not surprisingly, I don’t think they know that Crickhollow Books is a Milwaukee-based indie press.)
Loreen now has a big batch of advance copies of the second book, A 1,000-Mile Great Lakes Walk, for some early author events in Michigan. The new book chronicles another epic trek, one she did in 2012, tromping another 1,000 miles of shoreline that included parts of all five Great Lakes.
She’s arranged a flurry of pre-launch talks and book events, at Michigan indie bookstores and libraries. If you want to catch an early book signing or talk, you can see a full list of coming author events and appearances for A 1,000-Mile Great Lakes Walk here at her Lake Trek website.
Our thanks to Ellen Creager, the Detroit Free Press‘s Michigan Traveler, for kicking the media coverage into high gear!
Official pub date for Book 2 is June 1.