Radio and Television
September 20, 2018, The Tom Sumer Program on WFNT-AM News Talk Radio in Flint, MI
September 21, 2018, The Pledge Radio on 96.5 FM/1260 AM. View the interview on my Facebook page, accessible to anyone, or on the Pledge Radio Facebook page.
October 15, 2018. The Four on 9 and 10 News, WWTV-TV. Interviewed by Michelle Dunaway.
Appeared on the Shelley Irwin Show on WGVU-FM on October 19, 2018.
2019 Newspapers, Magazines, Online
Spring, 2019. Great Lakes Scuttlebutt
Amber Stark. "Your Next Read: Uncharted Waters"
As a fellow writer and someone who appreciates the great outdoors, I was intrigued by the prologue, and then hooked as I saw a kinship with McKSchmidt. Our modes of transportation may be different--she's a sailor and I'm an RVer--but that search for balance between a corporate office and nature? I get it.
Spring 2019, Michigan Blue
Julie Bonner Williams. "Clean Beaches, Clean Water"
Mary McKSchmidt said she believes in love at first sight. At 7 years old, she saw Lake Michigan for the first time, something she calls a turning point in her life. Today, at 66, the Laketown Township resident writes and speaks in defense of the Great Lakes, striving to diminish the pollution that threatens them.
Spring 2019, Boat US
Mark Corke. "Uncharted Waters: Romance, Adventure, and Advocacy on the Great Lakes"
There's adventure aplenty between the covers of this book, and the author's descriptive writing makes the reader believe that you're right alongside as she battles frozen streams on a winter kayaking trip or stares down a surly gun-toting immigration official at a South African airport. But this book is much more than just another travel narrative.
Newspapers, Magazines, Online
August 10, 2018. Corp!
Karen Dybis. "Former Businesswoman Retools and Returns to her First Loves: Water and Writing"
. . . the kind of writer who should pen a memoir--she has been a business executive, a world traveler and a word lover her whole life . . .
September 26. 2018 Soundings
Gary Reich. "Wonder Woman"
October 5, 2018. For Love of Water
"New Book: A Great Lakes Journey Toward Advocacy"
October 6, 2018. The Lansing State Journal
Ray Walsh. "MSU Grad Writes of Great Lakes Advocacy"
. . . a smoothly flowing, thought-provoking book that's more than just a simple memoir.
October 5, 2018. Windcheck: Sailng the Northeast
Book Review: "Uncharted Waters"
November 1, 2018. Boating Times Long Island
Lita Smith-Mines. "A Passionate Life"
. . . a writer with unbridled affection for her husband, the Great Lakes, and for the environment . . . yet there is so much more in its pages to make this a compelling read.
November 14, 2018. Picture This Post
Ann Boland. "Uncharted Waters Review--Finding New Passion in Retirement."
. . . as we age, we feel it is only our surface that wrinkles. Inside, we will always be people in our prime, no older than our mid-forties. Uncharted Waters is an excellent primer for those seeking a proactive way to use their skis for a fruitful retirement.
December 2018. Sail Magazine
Lydia Mullen. "Book Review. Uncharted Waters: Romance, Adventure, and Advocacy on the Great Lakes." p. 11
Told as a series of rich vignettes spanning her adult life, McKSchmidt's story is an inspiring reminder that one person with a goal and the tenacity to follow through can make a difference.
December 2018, Grand Rapids Magazine
Sam Easter. "Reading Room: Navigating Uncharted Waters"
"My hope is that when people read this book, they will choose to get engaged," McKSchmidt said. "That they will , maybe for the first time, write an email to their congressman or to the governor or to their representative, and just ask, "What have you done for the health of the Great Lakes recently." . . . But she recalls throughout the book a piece of advice from a friend: "You are responsible le for your efforts on this Earth, not necessarily the results." It's this remark that seems to echo through the book.
December 2018, Southern Boating
"Six Gifts That Won't Break the Bank"
With more than just a love of boating, Mary McKSchmidt describes her adventures with water as the catalyst for her life’s turning points in Uncharted Water: Romance, Adventure, and Advocacy on the Great Lakes. From survival in South Africa to a Fortune 500 company to writer, McKSchmidt shares how she balanced life through boating.
* Publicists Jane Reilly and Joelle Speranza of Smith Publicity