You Write About Michigan?
More times than not, when I tell someone that I set my books in Michigan I get the same question, “You write about Michigan?”
My reply is always the same, “Of course, I love the state!”
I know, I know, you’re all shaking your heads right now. To say that Michigan has had a rough few years would be an understatement. Unemployment is at its highest, foreclosures are soaring and there is a new political scandal hitting the news nearly every day. So, what could I possibly see in my home state?
Michigan is rich in history and has so much to offer. Since I can tell that you’re all still scratching your heads in confusion, I’ll share the top ten things the “Mitten State” has to offer.
1) Hockey! Michigan is home to the Detroit Red Wings. Not only are they one of the most competitive teams in the NHL, but the franchise happens to be part the “Original Six” teams in the league. I live for hockey season and never miss a playoff game. What’s even better is all of Michigan rallies behind the Wings, so the excitement is shared by everyone.
2) We get all four seasons. When asked to pick a favorite season, I can never come up with a good answer and that’s because I love all of them for their own special reasons. I love the smell of fresh flowers in the spring, the warm weather in summer, the beautiful colors of autumn and the first snow fall of the year. In Michigan I get to experience all of these things.
3) We’re the home of Vernors. Every time I get the flu and settle my stomach with ginger ale, I always drink Vernors. That drink got me through two pregnancies, too.
4) Motown! Motown Records, founded by Berry Gordy Jr, launched the careers of the Jackson Five, The Four Tops, The Supremes plus many other great artists.
5) The Woodward Dream Cruise. Every August, for one weekend, classic cars take over Woodward Avenue. Whether you’re driving your prized classic car, or just watching from the sidelines, it’s an event that enthusiasts look forward to all year long.
6) The Great Lakes. Michigan is almost completely surrounded by the Great Lakes. Giant, bodies of water, they make up one fifth of world’s fresh water surface.
7) Cook’s Dairy Farm. You can find this dairy farm in Ortonville, Michigan. Not only do they give tours, but you can purchase fresh milk and ice cream. Let me tell you, the ice cream is to die for, too.
8) Michigan International Speedway. Located in Brooklyn, Michigan, this NASCAR race track can hold up to 119,500 fans.
9) Battle Alley. So named because of a street fight that took place in 1880 between locals and workers from a traveling circus, this historic street is in my hometown of Holly. The street is even mentioned in one of my books, Double Shot Cappuccino. It still has many of the original buildings, one of which is the historic Holly Hotel.
10) It’s still Motor City. Despite all the trouble the Big Four have had over the past few years, no one can argue the huge impact they’ve had on the auto industry. Henry Ford established the first assembly line in Detroit. My father worked for General Motors for over thirty years. My uncles were all auto workers, too. To say that Michigan and the auto industry supported one another, would be a vast understatement.
This was just ten of the reasons why I love Michigan. I could have easily written
a dozen more things. Most of all, though, I love Michigan because it’s home. I never want to live anywhere else, either.
To celebrate Michigan I will be giving away two PDF downloads.
One will be the aforementioned, Double Shot Cappuccino and the other will be the first book of my Lost Shifter Series, Primal Passions.
Primal Passions is a M/M paranormal, shape shifter book that takes place in Flint, Michigan.
To qualify to win one of these titles all you need to do is leave a comment.
Stephani Hecht is a happily married mother of two. Born and raised in Michigan, she loves all things about the state, from the frigid winters to the Detroit Red Wings hockey team. You can usually find her snuggled up to her laptop, creating her next book.
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