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Loreen grew up in Michigan and has lived there most of her life. Currently, she loves living in Traverse City.


Early on, she pursued a life of science, getting a Bachelor, then Master of Science degrees. She worked in various aspects of that world including a hospital laboratory, basic animal research, and a bone marrow transplant group.

While taking a break from this work to raise her young sons, Loreen began writing fiction. This evolved into a passion and she returned to school to get her Master of Fine Arts in writing from Spalding University.

In 2009, her short story collection, Scar Tissue, was a finalist for the Flannery O’Connor Award.

From the time she was a young girl climbing sand dunes and splashing in its cool waters, Loreen has felt connected and drawn to Lake Michigan. She decided to explore the lake fully by walking around it. The fascinating account of her journey, A 1,000-MILE WALK ON THE BEACH was released in March 2011 by Crickhollow Books. It is available wherever books are sold.



Loreen’s novella, Atlanta, was released in June 2011 by Main Street Rag Publishing,


For her second adventure, Loreen decided to explore more of the Great Lakes system. in 2012 she completed A 1,000-MILE GREAT LAKES WALK which allowed her to touch all five Great Lakes. The book about her journey was published by Crickhollow Books in 2013. 



Loreen recently completed her third 1,000-Mile Great Lakes Adventure. This time she explored many of the ISLANDS of the Great Lakes.The book about this journey was released in 2015: A 1,000-MILE GREAT LAKES ISLAND ADVENTURE.


She continues to blog about our Great Lakes at

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