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More About the Author
Branching out into scholarly works, Tyler has published "King Arthur's Children: A Study in Fiction and Tradition" and "The Gothic Wanderer: From Transgression to Redemption, Gothic Literature 1794-Present."
Tyler's latest project is a five-book historical fantasy series about King Arthur's descendants. The first three books, "Arthur's Legacy," "Melusine's Gift," and "Ogier's Prayer" are now available.
Tyler has a Ph.D. in Literature from Western Michigan University, and Bachelor and Master's Degrees from Northern Michigan University. He has lectured on writing and literature at Clemson University, the University of Wisconsin, and the University of London. Tyler is the regular guest host of Authors Access Internet Radio and the President of the Upper Peninsula Publishers and Authors Association. He is the owner of his own publishing company, Marquette Fiction, and Superior Book Productions, a professional book review, editing, and proofreading service. Tyler lives in Marquette, Michigan where the roar of Lake Superior, mountains of snow, and sandstone architecture inspire his writing.
Top Customer Reviews
Author Mr. Tyler R. Tichelaar is an amazing and talented storyteller! He brings to life the enchantments and dangers of survival in a time without cell phones and computers. His characters demand attention and pull readers through the pages with their facinating stories. Their various ethnic and religious backgrounds mixing well at times like apples and cinnamon, and clashing at other times like electricity and water, both excelent examples of our American diversity. And throughout the entire amazing story, Mr. Tichelaar weaves his obvious love of the Upper Peninsula with beautiful and striking descriptions of Lake Superior and the forests. Talented Mr. Tichelaar has brought us a masterpiece!
---reviewed by Chris Shanley Dillman, author of Finding My Light and The Black Pond
The story begins in the 1840's with a newlywed couple; Gerald and Clara Henning. The Hennings travel from Boston to the Upper Michigan Penninsula on the shores of Lake Superior, where iron ore has recently been discovered.
The Hennings and other settlers like them arrive in Marquette to an undeveloped piece of wilderness, with dreams of helping to turn it into a successful thriving metropolis. Through blizzards, famines, fires and economical crashes, these settlers and their decendents persevere. In time this small wilderrness village becomes a prospering modern city; changed so much that original settlers struggle to recognize what it has become.
Dependably researched, written from the heart and involving a half of a century of characters, Iron Pioneers is one of the best books I've read in a long time. Two thumbs way up.
Iron Pioneers begins with the origins of Marquette, as the "wilderness" slowly grows into a thriving city. The story line itself is interesting enough, but the depth and strength of each and every character involved is simply amazing. As you progress through the story you slowly grow with each character, so strongly that you become one of them. Through the roughest times when there's scarcely going to be enough food to survive a winter in this new uncharted territory, to the times of wealth and richness you bond with the friendships amongst the citizens as the town grows. Simply speaking, the depth & intrigue of the characters alone is a major selling point of this book. It's rare an author can bring so many people to life so easily & so well, but Tyler Tichelaar does just that.
In the beginning, you experience the trials and tribulations of a new land, untouched, trying to become livable. Death seems to be everywhere at some points, making you wonder how or why anyone would have borne the pains they did, simply to bring new wealth & industry to a new nation.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
My fathers mothers family was in Marquette and Ishpeming around Civil War times and some relations are still in the area to this day. They owned Warner Photography. Read morePublished 10 months ago by pinetree
I have resided and worked in Marquette for over 20 years after moving here from outside the UP. This book was interesting because I learned more about the area and locations of... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Harold C
Regional Fictional History...This type of book was brand new to me. Book One of this trilogy was captivating from the very first chapter! Read morePublished 22 months ago by Diana Oman
Lived in Marquette while in the service, and stayed for college. This book brings MQT history to life. Very entertaining.Published 22 months ago by David J. Haiden
This book was amazing! Since I live in Marquette and LOVE history this was a win win for me. Halfway through the second one and cannot wait to read the third!Published on December 9, 2013 by Deborah L Tonn
Don't start this book unless you have time to read it cover to cover....you won't be able to put it down. A fasinating read. Read morePublished on September 28, 2009 by Marlene A. Cyr
Back in the 1980's my husband came home one day and said, "You'll never believe this, but they've invented a game just for you. Read morePublished on June 29, 2009 by Mary Wittler