My Lighthouse Series inspiration is a product of my youth. I grew up on Grand Lake, an inland lake in Northern Michigan just a few miles from Lake Huron. I spent as much of my youth as possible on the water and biking near the lakes.
I revered the freedom to explore, and that spirit planted the seed to my lighthouse lunacy.
I remember arriving on the shore of Lake Huron at the Old Presque Isle Lighthouse after bike riding through a thunderstorm. I recall the strong, buffeting winds grabbing my hat and flinging it back the way I had come as I approached the cold waters of this great body of water. I laid my bike on its side and stood enchanted by a distant ship slowly making its way south to destinations unknown. My youth was blown away like my hat, forsaken by the enormity of this Great Lake. Wanderlust was born, a wanderlust that eventually took me back and forth across the United States many times.
Crisp Point Lighthouse on the shore of Lake Superior has customized copies of our book If I Were A Lighthouse specifically made for their lighthouse and for sell in their gift shop. We can customize any of our lighthouse series books specifically for your lighthouse. We are happy to build a dedication page and a page about your lighthouse to be included in the book. We also take the time to autograph each copy prior to shipment.
Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about getting one of our Lighthouse Series books personalized for your lighthouse or Association.
MIchigan has well over one hundred Great Lakes lighthouses to choose from.
I love the allure and the lore of these great landmarks.
I have visited and painted many of these lighthouses for my books. My lighthouse paintings have been posted on many lighthouse sites across Facebook.
Another great reference and useful tool for Great Lakes Lighthouses is Michigan Lighthouse Guide where I am featured as an Author and Artist.
After residing in California for most of my adult life, I have now settled back into the Northern Michigan community of Fairview. This is the location of BooksMakeBooms and QuickTurtle Books®. It is the home of our lighthouse series.
Mary and I still travel much of the year, but this is our home.
The focus of many of our kids books is to help small businesses and worthy causes grow their brand by creating stories around those businesses and causes. I like to think our Lighthouse Series is part of that adventure.
If I Were A Lighthouse and the Siren of Mackinaw were illustrated by my wife Mary Rensberry.
My just recently published Keepers Of The Light and Big Ships were illustrated with several of my lighthouse and ship paintings.
These Michigan Lighthouse Books are available in Great Lakes Lighthouse Gift Shops from the Tawas Point Lighthouse to Crisp Point Light. We also sell them at the annual Michigan Lighthouse Festival and online at Amazon.
These books were written as part of my Rhyme for Young Readers Series with the intention of providing kids with a Michigan heritage rhyme to remember. I would also hope that that my Lighthouse Series inspires parents to take the opportunity and time to pass on Michigan lighthouse traditions by reading these short, informative and positive verses to their children. I hope you get as much enjoyment from them as I did in their creation.