About the Author
Tyler R. Tichelaar, 7th generation Marquette resident, spent thousands of hours researching and writing The Marquette Trilogy: Iron Pioneers, The Queen City, and Superior Heritage. 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 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.
Tyler's Writing Career
1982 - Publishes poem in The Mining Journal at age 11.
1985 - Short story "The Ghost of Stonegate Woods" on Public Radio.
1986 - "The Ghost of Stonegate Woods" video Upper Michigan Today.
1987 - Begins first novel The Only Thing That Lasts.
1987 - "The Blizzard of Oz" published in Oziana 1987.
1988 - Receives Honorable Mention in the Michigan Youth Arts Festival.
1994 - Receives Ronald Kapp award for article in Michigan Academician.
1995 - M.A. Thesis King Arthur's Children in Fiction and Tradition.
1999 - Publishes article in Arthuriana.
1999 - Begins writing The Marquette Trilogy.
2000 - Doctoral Dissertation The Gothic Wanderer: From Transgression to Redemption.
2000 - Presents paper at Edward Bulwer-Lytton Conference--Univ. of London.
2005 - Establishes MARQUETTE FICTION.
2006 - Iron Pioneers, The Marquette Trilogy: Book One is published (February).
2006 - The Queen City, The Marquette Trilogy: Book Two is published (August).
2007 - Interviewed on Authors Access Internet Radio (March).
2007 - Becomes regular Guest co-Host on Authors Access Internet Radio (June).
2007 - Superior Heritage, The Marquette Trilogy: Book Three is published (April).
2007 - Establishes SUPERIOR BOOK PROMOTIONS/MQT Reviews, a division.
of Marquette Fiction, a full editing, proofreading, and book review service.
2007 - Elected Vice-President of the Upper Peninsula Publishers & Authors
2008 - Speaks at Bestseller Publishing Institute, Maui, Hawaii.
2008 - Publishes Narrow Lives, his fourth novel, is published(April).
2008 - Becomes President of the Upper Peninsula Publishers & Authors Association (June).
2008 - Co-editor with Irene Watson and Victor R. Volkman of Authors Access: 30 Success
Secrets for Authors and Publishers (November).
2009 - Narrow Lives wins First Place for Historical Fiction in the Reader Views Readers
Choice Literary Awards (March).
2009 - The Only Thing That Lasts, his fifth novel, is published (March).
2010 - My Marquette is published (September).
2010 - Tyler's short story "Flannel Shirt" is published in the journal Recovering the Self and nominated for a Pushcart Prize.
2011 - King Arthur's Children: A Study in Fiction and Tradition is published (January) and
the website www.ChildrenofArthur.com is launched.
2011 - May 2011 - Tyler receives the Barb H. Kelly Historic Preservation Award from the
Marquette Beautification and Restoration Committee for Preserving History
through Writing, and Tyler receives the Outstanding Writer award from the
Marquette County Arts Awards.
2012 - publishes Spirit of the North: a paranormal romance(April).
2012 - publishes The Gothic Wanderer through Modern History Press (September) and the website www.GothicWanderer.com is launched.
2012 – publishes Creating a Local Historical Book: Fiction and Non-Fiction Genres through Modern History Press (November).
2013 – publishes The Best Place, his seventh novel (June).
2014 - Superior Book Promotions merges with Storytellers' Friend to become Superior Book
2014 - Tyler is accepted by the Library of Michigan for its database of Michigan Authors & Illustrators.
2014 - Arthur's Legacy: The Children of Arthur, Book One is published.
2014 - Willpower, Tyler's original play about Will Adams, Marquette's Ossified Man,
premieres at Kaufman Auditorium in Marquette on September 18 and 19.
2015 – Melusine’s Gift: The Children of Arthur, Book Two is published.
"I still write. What can I do?" - Jean-Paul Sartre