Marquette author Tyler Tichelaar has just published a new novel, Spirit of the North
. The book is a paranormal romance based in historical Marquette's--and that's a town with some good ghost stories.
The germ of the book is something Tichelaar has some history with himself.
"This story actually originated from a short story I wrote in middle school, the first U.P.-based story I ever wrote, titled "The Ghost of Stonegate Woods" about a ghost named Annabella Stonegate," he says. "It was made into a video on the Upper Michigan Today show back in 1986. Annabella always haunted me and I made reference to her in my novels Iron Pioneers and The Queen City. She’s a little girl who died in a snowstorm early in Marquette’s history and reputably became a ghost."
Spirit of the North tells Annabella's story within a larger story of two sisters who come to Marquette in 1873 to live with their uncle, but find him dead, and are stuck in the U.P. through a harsh winter.
Tichelaar says it's his first novel with a paranormal bent, but he's not done writing about Marquette and its history and characters just yet.
"I am currently working on a series of historical fantasy novels that will play upon more European legends like those of King Arthur and the fairy Melusine. That said, I have plenty more U.P. novels in me as well. It’s just a matter of finding the time to write them all," he says.
Spirit of the North is published through Tichelaar's own publishing company, Marquette Fiction. It's available through the publisher's website
, and in the U.P. at several local stores, as well as in e-book format at online bookstores.
Writer: Sam Eggleston
Source: Tyler Tichelaar, Marquette Fiction