Tina Lonski is a retired English teacher and journalist, and is a Detroit native with Yooper roots. Her grandmothers were U.P. natives and her grandfathers emigrated from Poland in the early 20th century, settling in the U.P. to work in the copper mines of the Keewenaw Peninsula. Great-grandfather Joseph Kmieciak worked 40 years for the Calumet-Hecla Mining Co!
The success of A Transplanted Yooper has led to several other books, including Barn Raising - stories from Michigan's Lenawee County - and The Bootleg Buggy - stories from old Detroit and it's Polish community. A sequel to A Transplanted Yooper is currently in the works.
A graduate of Eastern Michigan University and Michigan State University, Tina taught high school English and journalism for 13 years before embarking on a career in newspaper writing and professional association communications. She lives in East Lansing and travels often to exotic locations, including Lapland (Finland), Czestochowa (Poland) and St. Albert (Alberta),