Debbie: MG, please tell us a little about yourself.
MG: Thank you so much for inviting me to be a part of Michigander Monday! My name is MG Buehrlen and I am the author of the Alex Wayfare series. I am a retired computer programmer and social media director, and I am a co-developer of YABooksCentral.com, the largest social network for young adult book lovers. After too many years in the computer world, I decided to unplug. Now I live off-grid as much as possible, writing novels instead of PHP code and exploring the unbeaten paths with my husband and son (who is a huge Pout Pout Fish fan!).
Debbie: And please tell us about your books!
MG: There are two books out now in my time travel series: The 57 Lives of Alex Wayfare and The Untimely Deaths of Alex Wayfare. The series is about a girl who discovers she has been reincarnated 57 times and has the ability to travel back and explore any of her past lives. I love historical fiction and couldn’t decide which time period to write about, so I thought I’d write about them all. Time travel seemed to be the perfect way to do just that.
Debbie: Other books or projects on the horizon?
MG: I’m currently drafting the third book in the Alex Wayfare series, as well as another stand alone novel and a few children’s books, but it has been slow going. I am also a foster parent and for a while now my life has been centered around supporting a Michigan family who needed help getting back on their feet. Now that the family has been fully reunited, I hope to switch gears soon and focus more on my writing.
Debbie: What's your favorite place in Michigan?
MG: I have so many favorite places in Michigan. I love camping on Beaver Island, which you can only access by ferry or airplane (they have a great library too!), and I love to spend time in the Traverse City area. Actually, any place along the Lake Michigan shoreline is fine by me. I also love visiting the Eastern Market in Detroit, and walking the Dequindre Cut all the way to the riverfront, which is lined with some of the best graffiti in the area. Two of my favorite places to eat are The Root Restaurant in White Lake, and Toasted Oak in Novi. And my favorite place to shop is the Artisan’s Bench in Brighton, a little shop full of local art. I love any place that helps to keep artists in business.
Debbie: Something you'd like a non-Michigander to know about Michigan?
MG: One of the first things I grew to love about Michigan after I moved here was how positively the natives embraced winter. I grew up in Missouri and we had more ice and mud than snow. We also had more sunshine, so it was difficult to adjust to the long, gray winters of Michigan. Once I learned how to dress for the cold, winter soon became one of my favorite seasons. I love the winter festivals, like Holiday Nights at The Henry Ford, the rides on steam trains through snowy farm fields, the hayrides through apple orchards, and the hikes through the Narnia-like evergreen forests. Even the lakes are gorgeous this time of year, frosty and magical. There is nothing I like better than cozying up in front of the fire while the snow falls like a snow globe outside the windows.
Debbie: Last question. Some folks in Michigan refer to themselves as Michiganders, others as Michiganians. For our ongoing vote tally: are you a Michigander or a Michiganian?
MG: Michigander all the way!
Debbie: MG, thank you so much for joining us for Michigander Monday!