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.

ALEXANDRA FLUEGEL is a writer from Grand Rapids who focuses on arts and culture, her work provides glimpses of life in Michigan through its people and the places they make home. Alexandra lives in Hamtramck and may be found running along the Detroit Riverfront, poking around Eastern Market or in her backyard scrolling through Twitter. Follow her on Twitter at @iamalexaf. 


LYNNE MEREDITH GOLODNER is a nationally-known journalist and author of eight. She writes about how people find meaning in the mundane. Lynne lives in Huntington Woods with her husband and four children. She blogs at lynnegolodner.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.

LESLIE MERTZ is a freelance science writer who has lived in eight Michigan counties, from Detroit’s famed Eight Mile Road to a rustic cabin on the state’s largest inland lake. Today, she lives Up North with her husband in a scenic spot near a branch of Au Sable River.


MARLA R. MILLER is 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

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.

BETH PRICE is an adventurer and Traverse City photographer with a love for the outdoors. She focuses on water, environmental portraiture, food, surfing, outdoor adventure, yoga and more. Her work has been published in local, regional, state and national publications.  Find her at bethpricephotography.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. flicker.com/photos/jqphoto


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.

TOM SPRINGER is an author and nature lover who lives near Three Rivers in an 1870s farmhouse where he writes, gardens, fishes and remains baffled by any tool more complex than a broom rake. His "Looking for Hickories" (University of Michigan Press) was named a Michigan Notable Book. He has worked in communications for the Kellogg Foundation and the University of Notre Dame.


KENDRA STANLEY-MILLS is an award-winning photojournalist and former newspaper photographer, Kendra is based in Muskegon and is known for her evocative black and white and color images. Visual storytelling is her realm. She claims the buttons on her camera give her pause. We don’t believe it.  See her work at kendrastanleymills.com.

PEGGY WALSH-SARNECKI is an award-winning former Detroit Free Press reporter whose work included Michigan’s lakes and boating. She’s an experienced sailor and veteran of multiple Mackinac races. A lover of all things related to the water, she divides her time between a home in the Detroit area, a lakefront cottage in mid-Michigan and an ocean front condo in South Carolina.


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.