About Tyler

tylerTyler R. Tichelaar, 7th generation Marquette resident, spent thousands of hours researching and writing The Marquette Trilogy: Iron Pioneers, The Queen City, and Superior Heritage, and My Marquette and several other novels set in the Marquette area. Tyler has a Ph.D. in Literature from Western Michigan University, and Bachelor and Master’s Degrees from Northern Michigan University. He has lectured on writing and literature at Clemson University, the University of Wisconsin, and the University of London. Tyler is the regular guest host of Authors Access Internet Radio and the President of the Upper Peninsula Publishers and Authors Association. He is the owner of Marquette Fiction and Superior Book Promotions, a professional book review, editing, and proofreading service. Tyler lives in Marquette, Michigan where the roar of Lake Superior, mountains of snow, and sandstone architecture inspire his writing.

You can visit Tyler at his other websites:

www.MarquetteFiction.com – Historical Fiction and History Books by Tyler R. Tichelaar about Marquette and Upper Michigan

www.ChildrenofArthur.com – A website devoted to King Arthur in Fiction and Legend – and Tyler’s books – fiction and non-fiction about King Arthur.

www.GothicWanderer.com – Devoted to all things Gothic and especially nineteenth century Gothic literature and Tyler’s book The Gothic Wanderer

www.SuperiorBookPromotions.com – Tyler’s full service editing, proofreading, and book review company

15 Comments on “About Tyler”

  1. Laura Thone Tauer Says:

    Hello, I have just discovered your websites and books today – For the last two years I have been researching the Thoney (Thone) (in Marquette I guess it is pronounced “Tony” families. I have had much success in finding many people and information – Nicholas Thone(y) brought the family to Marquette from Saffig, Prussia. There is a penninsula just north of Marquette named “Thoneys Point” – I have been told that that name first appeared on a 1900 map; however I have not been able to find out if it was actually named after our family, in memory of; or why etc. I thought perhaps with all your knowledge of the Marquette area you may have a clue. I know you are very busy – My grandfather died when my dad was about 14; for some reason he left Marquette with his sister to move to St. Paul. I never knew of all the brothers and sisters etc. my grandfather had etc. It has been so interesting. I am planning on traveling to Marquette this spring, hopefully, for more investigating.
    Nicholas Thoney was a farmer (I believe) some of the sons were stone masons for the Marquette City Bldgs.; John I believe was fairly wealthy with some interests in mining – another brother was Adolph- so I have inf. on land grants etc. but like I said
    The Thoneys Point remains a mystery – if you should by chance have any information I would appreciate it; if not I am surely enjoying all your writings etc. and looking forwarding to purchasing your books.
    Thank you. Laura Thone Tauer

  2. Margaret Bartley Says:

    I just discovered your history of Basil Bishop. I live in New Russia, NY just down the road from the bishop family home and next door to the Boquet Cemetery where the Bishops are buried. DO you have a photo of Basil?

    Margaret Bartley

  3. Louie F. Says:

    Hello, I was one of those Cuban boys that came to live at the Holy Family Home, back in 1963. Imagine leaving Miami one morning, with 80 degrees and arriving in Marquette, where it was 65 degrees, and I was wearing a short sleeve shirt. No big deal to me as I have always enjoyed cool weather, Here I am, 50 years later, and still living in Michigan.

    • Hi Louie,
      It’s a pleasure to hear from you. I never did understand why Marquette was chosen as a place to send you. Do you know why that was? Glad to hear you liked Michigan enough to stay.

  4. Ryan Danescu Says:

    Hey, I just ordered the Trilogy set. Make sure they are signed. I know the author so I’m going to check. You know when you were reviewing my book you could have told me that writing a book is nothing compared to marketing it. Setting up a web site, avenues of distribution, printing, packaging, delivery, therapy after your first less than enthusiastic review. You could have just shot me and made everybody happy, including me. So I’m going to read your books and look for clues on why you would do that. By the way I dug up my fifth grade reading teacher. She’s a little stiff but I got her duct tapped to a chair and she’s going to help me read a little faster……I hope. Reading was never in my skill set, and you can attest to my writing skills being about equal. But that’s not holding me back. I’m starting the second book and according to the outline, the one negative reviewer (out of 150 reviews) gets killed in the first chapter. 🙂 I don’t even need therapy now…..!

    • If you got that many reviews you are doing great! But yes, in case I forgot to mention it, marketing is a bear. Thanks for the book order. Personal autographs will be included when I mail them out later today or tomorrow. Thanks and be nice to your reading teacher!

  5. CR Says:

    Hi Tyler, I’ve just stumbled upon your site — an acquaintance had posted to Facebook about Granot Loma being for sale and of course I got so sentimental and fell down an internet rabbit hole reading about its history. I grew up in Marquette (MSHS Class of 2003), and am now in Colorado after 8 years in NYC. Have much more appreciation for Marquette history (and that of the UP in general) now than I did growing up. Too busy performing at Kaufman to have really looked into its namesake, hah! I’m going to need to snag your books as I have so much to learn. Finding there are many Michiganders in this area and the urge to share the UP’s amazing history is strong! All the best (and do hope you post more often!).

  6. Tina Says:

    Hi Tyler, I, like others, have stumbled upon your website. I am curious about the Delft Theatre. I have a piece of furniture that I purchased at an Antique store and I has the name and address of the Delft Theatre in Marquette on the back. I was curious about the history and possibly learn more about where this piece of furniture came from.

    Thank you, Tina

    • Hi Tina,
      Thank you for the comment. I’m glad I could give you some information about the Delft Theatre. It is currently closed and being renovated with plans to reopen it some time in the near future. I don’t know what kind of furniture you bought there. I’m not sure what would have been there other than the concession stands and the theatre seats and maybe a few chairs or office desks. Anyway, the Delft was greatly loved by many people so you are lucky to have a piece of its history!
      Best wishes,
      Tyler Tichelaar

  7. Danielle Says:

    Tyler, I am a manager at The Recovery Room, formerly The Wild Rover. I have a few historic photos of the building, and want to add an informational collage of pictures and blurbs about the past as part of our restaurant’s decor. Many of our guests- locals and tourists alike- are extremely interested in the history of the building.

    I’ve heard many things about this building: that it was the dressing room for the Opera House, to the many restaurants that have occupied this space. I stumbled upon your blog through your posts about the Opera House itself. I was wondering if you have any more information you could link me to. I am a bit confused about the Opera House fire as you mention the Masonic Building in the post. I was under the impression the Masonic was built on the property the Opera House occupied after the fire.

    Ideally I’d like to piece together a timeline of who/what has occupied this building/property in the past. Researching it seems like a daunting task, so if you have any recommendations of where I should start, that would be great.

    PS I think your dedication to this blog and the history of Marquette is very admirable. I honestly didn’t expect to find such a plethora of information about our small little neck of the woods on the internet!

    • Hi Danielle,
      Thank you for reading my blog. To the best of my understanding the Opera House was where the Recovery Room now is. It was owned by the Masons and was inside the building. After it burnt, the Masons built the new Masonic building just down the block from you. I’m afraid I don’t know much about the current building’s history after the 1938 fire or what was there – just what is in my living memory – it was Entre Amigos from some point in the early 1980s until about 1996 or 1997 – with Margaritaville upstairs. I loved both Amigos and Margaritaville. Then it was the Santa Fe for a short time in the late 1990s. Then I believe it was the Chocolay Baking Company in the early 2000s before it was the Wild Rover and now the Recovery Room. The best way to research the history of the building would be to visit the Marquette Regional History Center – they should have information on the various businesses that were in it over the years. They have all the old city Polk directories which from 1929 on would list buildings by address so you could look in each one and see what was at that address each year – they also have Polk directories at the Peter White Public Library but the MRHC would probably have other information. They might also have photos. You could also check with Jack Deo through his website http://www.viewsofthepast.com and he might have information about it also. Good luck! I was just in for dinner there recently and enjoyed my Cuban sandwich. Keep up the good work.

  8. Deanna Leddick Says:

    Hi Tyler,
    I am doing an interpretive talk for a class about the Marquette Opera House, I have visited MRHC and emailed a few people for images. When researching, I found your blog and it was a great read about the Opera House. For my interpretive talk, I want to create a charater and be that character as if someone who maybe was in a play or watched many of them and how if at all their life changed after the fire. Any and all information is awesome and any other ideas or suggestions is greatly appreciated. Thanks!

    • Hi Deanna. I’m glad you found my blog helpful. I’m afraid I can’t think of any examples of anyone who was in a play just prior to the fire. You might, however, find my play Willpower interesting. It’s about Will Adams and Norma Ross, who performed Miss D. Q. Pons at the opera house in 1906. They wrote the play together. Norma was a music teacher in Marquette until the 1960s. They have copies of my play and also a video of it at the Marquette Regional History Center. Good luck with your presentation!

  9. Caitlyn Says:


    I am working on a semester-long project for my photography class at NMU where I am working on recapturing old images from the Marquette area. Through some of my research, I have come across this blog a few time already. I was hoping to reach out to you and maybe get some insight from you about what I have found and the places I am planning on photographing. Please get back to me when you can. Thank you!

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