Wildcat Authors Directory

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Wildcat Authors Directory

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Elizabeth Fust '18

Sharon Kennedy '01

Jane Kopecky '66

Beth Lee '98

Nikki Mitchell '11

Rick Popp '88, '90

Tyler Tichelaar '93, '95

Keith Wilson '08


Elizabeth Fust '18

The Hungry Kitten's Tale
It only takes five loaves of bread, two fish, one cat, and a king stranger to make a miracle...

Many cats lived in the small town of Bethsaida. Some lived with families and caught mice, some lived with important people and lounged on cushions all day, and some wandered the streets with nowhere to go and no food for supper. Kit was one of those cats.

When a kind stranger comes to town, Kit helps the man and his friends find supper. Along the way, he finds a home.

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Sharon Kennedy '01

Life in a Tin Can

Life in a Tin Can is a collection of my newspaper columns. Each 450-word entry is a complete story and easily read in a few minutes. It's a great book to tuck in a purse or briefcase and read while waiting for an appointment, traveling, or relaxing in your favorite chair. Sometimes nostalgic, often amusing and always entertaining, it's a wonderful gift for anyone who wants to escape from the madness of today.

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Jane Kopecky '66

World War II Conscientious Objectors: Germfask, Michigan the Alcatraz Camp

“Here Jane Kopecky reveals the nearly-forgotten story of Camp Germask, where some of the most ardent war-resisters among World War II conscientious objectors were held for 13 months in 1944 and 1945. Opponents of the war and conscription on a variety of religious, pacifist, or political grounds, these recalcitrant dissenters dared imprisonment as they refused to cooperate with rules of the Selective Service. Instead of jail, they ended up in what some of them called the Alcatraz of CO camps and their sympathizers elsewhere in the country called “America’s Siberia.” In interview transcripts, memoirs, and documents collected by Jane Kopecky, their lives and their relations with their Germfask and other Upper Peninsula neighbors come alive. This book is a great read and a great service to historical understanding.” - Howard Brick, Louis Evans Professor of History, University of Michigan

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Beth Lee '98

The ABCs of APA Style

This is a textbook on using APA Style. It was written with high school and college students in mind.

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Nikki Mitchell '11

Nightshade Forest

When eleven-year-old Eleanor receives a gift from her father, she never imagines it will open a portal to a fairytale world. Upon reading the first sentence of chapter one, she finds herself standing in the middle of Nightshade Forest—a dark woods with glowing blue and purple trees. She soon learns that the magic in kingdom is out of control, and it is up to Eleanor to restore what has gone missing. Join Eleanor and her newfound friends, Elfie and Milo in a search for a magic crystal as they fight off creatures Eleanor has only dreamed about. Can she make it to the happily-ever-after and rejoin her family, or will she be stuck in the Nightshade Forest forever?

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Rick Popp '88, '90

The Game of a Lifetime: 9 Lessons for Young Athletes (and everybody else) to achieve Real Success in sports, career, family, and life
Book cover design by Gaby Martinez '97

The Game of a Lifetime is an enjoyable, practical, and easy-to-read, yet powerful book written primarily for young athletes and former athletes. However, it applies to anybody looking to lead a more successful and fulfilling life. In it, author Rick Popp shares how his personal development through athletics built a foundation for a long career in developing individuals, teams, and organizations in a Fortune 15 company, in his own business, and in raising a family. Through his personal journey, including his work with thousands of people and teams, and his experience and research of some of the most successful people in the world, Rick offers 9 Lessons filled with relatable stories, helpful insights, and inspirational quotes to help the reader achieve real success by focusing on the areas of: being coachable, being a great teammate, playing your position well, mastering adversity, maintaining peak performance state, having a bias for action, developing discipline as a habit...and more.

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Tyler Tichelaar '93, '95

The Children of Arthur Series

Arthur's Legacy: The Children of Arthur, Book One
Interior layout by Larry Alexander '93, '95

All his life, Adam Morgan has sought his true identity and the father he never knew. When multiple coincidences lead him to England, he will not only find his father, but mutual love with a woman he can never have, and a family legacy he never imagined possible. Among England’s green hills and crumbling castles, Adam’s intuition awakens, and when a mysterious stranger appears with a tale of Britain’s past, Adam discovers forces are at work to bring about the return of a king.

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Melusine's Gift: The Children of Arthur, Book Two
Cover design and interior layout by Larry Alexander '93, '95

Adam Delaney has acquired his father’s title as Earl of Delaney and married Anne, who has given birth to their twin sons, Lance and Tristan. Now Adam and Anne have taken a much-needed vacation in France, leaving their sons at Delaney Castle with Adam’s mother and grandmother and Anne’s father.

But what begins as a pleasant and long overdue honeymoon soon becomes another strange mythical adventure when Anne reunites with her old friend, Morgan, while the couple is visiting Lusignan, home to the legendary fairy Melusine. Before Anne knows it, she finds herself listening to stories within stories about the fairy Melusine and the magical rings she left to her children, magical rings that are tied to Adam and Anne’s future in ways they can scarcely imagine.

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Ogier's Prayer: The Children of Arthur, Book Three
Cover design and interior layout by Larry Alexander '93, '95

When their children are kidnapped from the family castle, Adam and Anne Delaney race back to England from their vacation in France. Assuming their children will be held for ransom, the couple are ill-prepared for the truth about who has kidnapped their boys. Secrets of both of their families will be revealed as a result.

When the great wizard Merlin mysteriously reappears in their lives, Adam and Anne hope he can help with the investigation. But Merlin is more concerned with sharing yet another story about one of their ancestors, this time Ogier the Dane, a great knight of Charlemagne’s court, a pagan among Christians who went on a fabulous journey to the East. Ogier’s story will enlighten Adam and Anne about an ancient evil soon to be unleashed on the world—and they may be the only ones capable of defeating it.

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Lilith's Love: The Children of Arthur, Book Four
Cover design and interior layout by Larry Alexander '93, '95

Eighteen years have passed since Adam and Anne Delaney’s twin sons were kidnapped, ostensibly by one who wished them well. Now, after a string of useless clues and years of doubting their own sanity, the couple arrive in Istanbul where they have been told they will find the answers they seek...and hopefully the infant boys who—if even alive—would now be grown men and strangers to them.

Lilith’s Love, the fourth volume in Tyler R. Tichelaar’s revolutionary historical fantasy series The Children of Arthur, brings together diverse legends to create a new human history that both surprises and reveals how powerful the imagination can be. With an impressive cast of historical and legendary characters that includes Merlin, Emperor Constantine XI, the Wandering Jew, Dracula, and Lilith herself, this tale takes readers from the Fall of Constantinople to a New World Order in the twenty-first century, rewriting a past we thought we knew to create a future far more fabulous than we ever dreamed.

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Arthur's Bosom: The Children of Arthur, Book Five
Cover design and interior layout by Larry Alexander '93, '95

Several years after the showdown with Lilith, the Delaney twins, Lance and Tristan, are young men intent on finding their place in the world while wondering whether their greatest adventures already lie behind them.

But when an earth-shattering cataclysmic event occurs, the twins find themselves having to piece back together a world that only slightly resembles the world they knew, a world that seems more fantasy than reality in its strangeness and yet its familiarity.

Will they be able to find their parents and home, and resurrect their very lives? Or will they find themselves forever trapped in a time-warp in an Arthurian world that until now they have only read about.

With Arthur's Bosom, the Children of Arthur series comes to a stunning conclusion after offering a wholly new and different world-view of mythology, human history, and what is still possible for the future of the human race.

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The Marquette Trilogy

Iron Pioneers: The Marquette Trilogy, Book One

When iron ore is discovered in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula in the 1840s, entrepreneur Gerald Henning and his beautiful socialite wife Clara travel from Boston to the little village of Marquette on the shores of Lake Superior. They and their companions, Irish and German immigrants, French Canadians, and fellow New Englanders dream of a great metropolis at the center of the iron ore industry. Despite blizzards and near starvation, devastating fires and financial hardships, these iron pioneers persevere until their wilderness village first becomes integral to the Union cause in the Civil War and then a prosperous modern city.

Meticulously researched, warmly written, and spanning half a century, Iron Pioneers is a testament to the spirit that forged America.

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The Queen City: The Marquette Trilogy, Book Two

During the first half of the twentieth century, Marquette grows into the Queen City of the North. Here is the tale of a small town undergoing change as its horses are replaced by streetcars and automobiles, and its pioneers are replaced by new generations who prosper despite two World Wars and the Great Depression.

Margaret Dalrymple finds her Scottish prince, though he is neither Scottish nor a prince. Molly Bergmann becomes an inspiration to her grandchildren. Jacob Whitman’s children engage in a family feud.

The Queen City’s residents marry, divorce, have children, die, break their hearts, go to war, gossip, blackmail, raise families, move away, and then return to Marquette. And always, always they are in love with the haunting land that is their home.

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Superior Heritage: The Marquette Trilogy, Book Three

The Marquette Trilogy comes to a satisfying conclusion as it brings together characters and plots from the earlier novels and culminates with Marquette’s sesquicentennial celebrations in 1999.

What happened to Madeleine Henning is finally revealed as secrets from the past shed light upon the future. Marquette’s residents struggle with a difficult local economy, yet remain optimistic for the future.

The novel’s main character, John Vandelaare, is descended from all the early Marquette families in Iron Pioneers and The Queen City. While he cherishes his family’s past, he questions if he should remain in his hometown. Then an unexpected event occurs which will change his life forever.

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Creating A Local Historical Book: Fiction and Non-fiction Genres

In this short book, Tyler Tichelaar, author of My Marquette and The Marquette Trilogy, talks in an interview format about how he became interested in writing both local history and regional and historical fiction and his research and writing process to bring his books to fruition.

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Haunted Marquette: Ghost Stories from the Queen City
Cover and interior design by Larry Alexander '93, '95
Cover photo by Greg Casperson '93, '95

Founded as a harbor town to ship iron ore from the nearby mines, Marquette became known as the Queen City of the North for its thriving industries, beautiful buildings, and being the largest city in Upper Michigan. But is Marquette also the Queen of Lake Superior’s Haunted Cities?

Seventh-generation Marquette resident Tyler Tichelaar has spent years collecting tales of the many ghosts who haunt the cemeteries, churches, businesses, hotels, and homes of Marquette. Now, separating fact from fiction, he delves into the historical record to determine which stories may be true and which are just the fancies of frightened minds.

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Kawbawgam: The Chief, The Legend, The Man
Cover and interior design by Larry Alexander '93, '95

Today, Charles Kawbawgam, “The Last Chief of the Chippewa,” is a legend in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula for allegedly living to age 103 (1799-1902). But
few know anything else about him beyond his being buried in Marquette’s beautiful Presque Isle Park.

Kawbawgam witnessed a period of intense industrial growth and unheralded change for Native Americans. Growing up at Sault Sainte Marie when the area was still claimed by Great Britain, his first memory was of armed Americans coercing his people into ceding their lands to the United States Government. As the son, nephew, stepson, and later son-in-law of Ojibwa chiefs, and in time a chief in his own right, Kawbawgam learned early that he would have to walk a fine line to keep the peace for his people. After temporarily migrating to Canada with other Ojibwa in disagreement with the American government, he returned to the Sault where he was recruited to help found the town of Marquette.

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King Arthur's Children: A Study in Fiction and Tradition

Did you know King Arthur had many other children besides Mordred? Depending on which version of the legend you read, he had both sons and daughters, some of whom even survived him. From the ancient tale of Gwydre, the son who was gored to death by a boar, to Scottish traditions of Mordred as a beloved king, Tyler R. Tichelaar has studied all the references to King Arthur’s children to show how they shed light upon a legend that has intrigued us for fifteen centuries.

King Arthur’s Children: A Study in Fiction and Tradition is the first full-length analysis of every known treatment of King Arthur’s children, from Welsh legends and French romances, to Scottish genealogies and modern novels by such authors as Parke Godwin, Stephen Lawhead, Debra Kemp, and Elizabeth Wein. King Arthur’s Children explores an often overlooked theme in Arthurian literature and reveals King Arthur’s bloodline may still exist today.

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My Marquette: Explore the Queen City of the North

My Marquette is the result of its author’s lifelong love affair with his hometown. Join Tyler R. Tichelaar, seventh generation Marquette resident and author of The Marquette Trilogy, as he takes you on a tour of the history, people, and places of Marquette.

Stories of the past and present will leave you understanding why Marquette truly is “The Queen City of the North.” Along the way, Tyler describes his own experiences growing up in Marquette, recalls family and friends, and reveals some of the people behind his fictional characters.

My Marquette offers rare insight into how an author creates fiction and provides a unique assessment of the area’s historical importance. Reading My Marquette is like taking a personal tour of Marquette with someone who knows it intimately.

Over 350 images, including historic photographs, city maps, genealogy charts of several old Marquette families, and Tyler's family photographs.

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Narrow Lives: A Novel

The story of Lysander Blackmore, the sinister banker in The Queen City. Focusing on minor characters from Mr. Tichelaar’s Marquette Trilogy, these characters speak in their own voices, giving them greater personal depth and providing multiple perspectives.

The novel explores the influence one person has, even in death, upon others, and it explores the prisons of grief, loneliness, and fear self-created by people when they doubt their own worthiness.

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Spirit of the North: A Paranormal Romance
Interior layout by Larry Alexander, '93, '95

In 1873, orphaned sisters Barbara and Adele Traugott travel to Upper Michigan to live with their uncle, only to find he is deceased. Penniless, they are forced to spend the long, fierce winter alone in their uncle's remote wilderness cabin. Frightened yet determined, the sisters face blizzards and near starvation to survive. Amid their difficulties, they find love and heartache—and then, a ghostly encounter and the coming of spring lead them to discovering the true miracle of their being.

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The Best Place: A Novel
Interior layout by Larry Alexander '93, '95

An irritating best friend gained during a childhood spent in a Catholic orphanage, a father who became a Communist and went to Russia in the 1930s, and 3:00 a.m. visits to The Pancake House. Such is the life of Lyla Hopewell. But in the summer of 2005, when her old boyfriend Bill has a heart attack, her best friend Bel really gets on her nerves, and Finn Fest comes to Marquette, things will change for Lyla.

Joined by a cast of Marquette’s most eccentric and endearing characters—the foul-mouthed fourteen-year-old Josie; ninety-three-year-old Eleanor, still trying to fix her little brother’s love life; ex-boyfriend and blunt womanizer, Bill; blind Mary Mitchell and her ornery sister Florence; the sweet but romantically confused cabdriver Sybil; and many, many more—Lyla recounts her life-story as she comes to terms with her past. After years of feeling unloved, neglected, frustrated, and unfulfilled, can Lyla finally find her own best place?

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The Gothic Wanderer: From Transgression to Redemption

From the horrors of sixteenth century Italian castles to twenty-first century plagues, from the French Revolution to the liberation of Libya, Tyler R. Tichelaar takes readers on far more than a journey through literary history. The Gothic Wanderer is an exploration of man’s deepest fears, his efforts to rise above them for the last two centuries, and how he may be on the brink finally of succeeding. Whether it’s seeking immortal life, the fabulous philosopher’s stone that will change lead into gold, or human blood as a vampire, or coping with more common “transgressions” like being a woman in a patriarchal society, being a Jew in a Christian land, or simply being addicted to gambling, the Gothic wanderer’s journey toward damnation or redemption is never dull and always enlightening.

Tichelaar examines the figure of the Gothic wanderer in such well-known Gothic novels as The Mysteries of Udolpho, Frankenstein, and Dracula, as well as lesser known works like Fanny Burney’s The Wanderer.

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The Nomad Editor: Living the Lifestyle You Want, Doing Work You Love
Interior layout by Larry Alexander '93, '95

Is your English degree collecting dust? Wouldn’t you love to work from anywhere, engaged in work you enjoy, while working for yourself and meeting all your financial needs?

If you find this combination of freedom and interesting work appealing, The Nomad Editor will give you the tools you need to put your language skills, degree, and imagination to work for you as a freelance editor. And because the self-publishing revolution continues to expand, editors are needed now more than ever. Work is abundant, and The Nomad Editor will help you find it.

Join Tyler R. Tichelaar, PhD, author, editor, and owner of Superior Book Productions, for an up-close-and-personal look at what it takes to be a freelance editor.

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The Only Thing That Lasts: A Novel

The Only Thing That Lasts is written as the autobiography of Robert O'Neill, the famous novelist first introduced in The Marquette Trilogy. As a young boy during World War I, Robert is forced to leave his South Carolina home to live in Marquette with his grandmother and aunt. He finds there a cold climate, but many warmhearted friends as he matures into adulthood and becomes a famous writer. The Only Thing That Lasts is a joyful, lighthearted, yet meaningful story of home and hearth.

Mr. Tichelaar says of this work, "The Only Thing That Lasts is the first novel I ever wrote. I wanted to write an old-fashioned novel in the style of Louisa May Alcott or L. Frank Baum's Aunt Jane's Nieces, or even Marquette's own Carroll Watson Rankin, whose Dandelion Cottage first made Marquette the setting for a novel."

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When Teddy Came to Town
Cover design and interior layout by Larry Alexander '93, '95

Matthew Newman, reporter for the New York Empire Sentinel, should have seen his assignment to cover the trial as the opportunity of a lifetime. But Matthew is also a native of Marquette, Michigan, where the trial will be held. Matthew left Marquette long ago and does not relish returning to deal with a distant sister and her drunkard husband, or to attend his niece’s wedding, set for the weekend after the trial begins.

The situation becomes more difficult for Matthew when he learns that Roosevelt is staying at the home of George Shiras. Once close friends, Matthew and George have not seen each other in years after a serious blow caused Matthew to leave Marquette. Now he is uncertain how to deal with George’s overtures of friendship.

As one witness after another, from navy admirals and secretaries to bodyguards and butlers, are called forth to testify in Roosevelt’s defense, Matthew must call forth his past and come to terms with it.

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Willpower: An Original Play About Marquette's Ossified Man

Some stories deserve to be told. Willpower is an original historical play based on the real life of Will Adams at the turn of the twentieth century....

As a young boy Will Adams' soft tissues were becoming harder, turning him into a living statue. Others faced with such a dark future might have felt sorry for themselves, turning inward. But not Will. Determined to enjoy every moment, he embarked on an energetic life of creativity using his legs, arms, eyesight, and wit for as long as he could. While confined to a bed, he ran a newspaper, drew cartoons, and wrote an operetta with his best friend Norma Ross.

Willpower first brought Will Adams' story to the stage, and this publication presents the full script as it was first produced at Kaufman Auditorium in Marquette, Michigan, by the Marquette Regional History Center, in September 2014. It includes images from the production, insight from the director, historical commentary from the playwright, and the music used in the production.

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Keith Wilson '08

Keith C. Wilson
While growing up in Naknek, a remote commercial salmon-fishing town in southwest Alaska, Keith began running as a way to deal with a feeling of isolation and restlessness. As an adult, he has left Naknek, moving from place to place, job to job, and adventure to adventure. All the while, he competes in a number of long-distance races of up to 100 miles. Running provides him a time for reflection and a sense of inner clarity that nothing else seems to offer— but as life moves forward, he continues to return to Naknek every summer for the commercial fishing season.

While time and tide tend to move back and forth, the narrative predominantly moves in chronological order through different stages of a life. We are brought along a journey of contemplative exploration, inspiring us to strive toward a greater understanding through the biological cycle of salmon, retreading the same path on a long-distance run, and the power and inevitability of the tide.

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