M. CHRISTINE BYRON and TOM WILSON are fascinated by the history of Michigan tourism and roadside architecture. Their pictorial “Vintage Views” books have received three Michigan Notable Book awards and a State History Award.

JERRY DENNIS is a renowned Michigan author and BLUE’s Reflections columnist. He lives near Traverse City where he gets away with calling his fishing, hunting, canoeing, birding and beach walking “research.” Author of 11 books, Jerry’s articles and essays have run in more than 100 publications.

STEVEN HUYSER-HONIG is a fine-art photographer specializing in Michigan’s natural beauty, Steven was first captivated by the sight of beaches, sand dunes, lighthouse, farms and forests while vacationing along Lake Michigan as a child. He began photographing as a teen. “The Michigan You Love,” his first book of photos and essays, is available in bookstores and online at stevenhuyserhonig.com.


COREENE KREISER is a commercial photographer, art photographer and yoga instructor in Traverse City, Coreene is drawn to beauty and the emotions behind a scene. She teaches photography at Northwestern Michigan College and volunteers as a blacksmith at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. She lives on a farm with her husband and son. Find her online at tavlastudio.com

JEANINE MATLOW is a Detroit-based freelance writer and regular contributor to national and regional publications, Matlow’s weekly Homestyle column appears in The Detroit News and Detroit Free Press. Jeanine regularly writes about homes and home décor for BLUE.

MARLA R. MILLERis a professional writer and award-winning journalist who lives in Norton Shores where she enjoys the lakeshore lifestyle - camping, hiking, boating, beaching and Lake Michigan sunsets. She enjoys snowmobiling in the winter and regularly contributes to a variety of publications and is grateful to write for a living. See marlarmiller.com


JOHNSTON M. MITCHELL is an independent writer who lives in Leland with his wife Brenda and their two children. He is currently developing a memoir of vignettes — prose and nonfiction poetry — about his experiences in building free and independent media as part of the democratization process in post-communist Central and Eastern Europe.

LINDA ODETTE is a former newspaper writer and editor.  She loves interesting people and interesting stories. She’s written about dancing dogs, aliens, fancy office chairs and the world-famous St. Patrick’s celebration on Beaver Island. She lives in Ionia.

Regular BLUE Lake Stories illustrator GARY W. ODMARK also created original art for this Winter Issue’s cover. Renowned for his realistic portrayals of the Great Lakes, the Holland-based artist’s fine quality limited edition prints and originals in oils, watercolors and acrylics can be viewed at gwodmark.com.


Grand Haven base, prolific photographer JOHNNY QUIRIN is a frequent contributor to West Michigan publications, the Pure Michigan campaign, Midwest Living and Spectrum Health, among others. He keeps equally busy as owner of a full-service school and youth sports portrait company. You can find him online at flicker.com/photos/jqphoto

LISA M. ROSE is an herbalist and expert forager of wild foods and medicinal plants, Lisa is passionate about teaching others the hidden values of common plants most take for granted.  She is the author of two books on the subjects, the most recent is “Midwest Medicinal Plants.” She writes a blog called Burdock & Rose found online at burdockandrose.com.


KIM SCHNEIDER is an award-winning freelance travel writer and photographer who has explored every corner of Michigan. She writes from her home base in Michigan's Leelanau County and is an active member of the Midwest Travel Writers Association.

CHUCK WARREN is a licensed captain and freelance boating writer in Grandville. He grew up on the New Jersey shore and spent 20 plus years working in the marine industry. He met his wife Lanie while operating a sunset cruise and followed her back to Michigan where he has fallen for the Great Lakes.


MEGAN WESTERS is a freelance writer and editor living in Jackson. Megan has written for a variety of publications about lifestyle, politics, food, wine and travel. She is the digital marketing manager for a winery and enjoys camping, being outdoors, tea and her dachshund, Oakley.

JULIE BONNER WILLIAMS is a devotee of nature, history and literature. Julie is an award-winning poet and a professor at Grand Valley State University. She lives on the lakeshore with her husband, four horses, four dogs, several organic, free-range chickens, turkeys and ducks, and a mule named Amos.


GLENN WOLFF is a Northern Michigan artist and regular BLUE Reflections contributor Wolff illustrated for the New York Times for 30 years and has collaborated on several books with Michigan author Jerry Dennis.