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Jerrod S. Smelker grew up in Ionia Michigan, a quaint small town smack dab in the middle of Michigan between Grand Rapids and the state capitol of Lansing. He has always loved history, creating and writing. He enjoys fine cigars and pipes, craft beers, coffee, Michigan road trips, the Fall season, travel, good food, get-togethers with friends and family, writing and creating in his woodshop. He is a freelance writer, author and blogger who has published several magazine articles, short stories and books. He is always working on several other short stories and book projects to publish. He is the owner and blog writer for Our Michigan Travels and Last Leaf Publishing. He currently lives in Grand Blanc Michigan with his wife, kids and three cats. He can be reached at