Loreen grew up in Michigan and has lived there most of her life. She pursued a life science, getting a Bachelor, then Master of Science degrees. She worked in various aspects of that world including a hospital laboratory, basic animal research, and bone marrow transplants.
While taking a break from this work to raise her young sons, Loreen began writing fiction. This evolved into a passion and she returned to school to get her MFA from Spalding University.
In 2009, her short story colection Scar Tissue, was a finalist for the Flannery O'Connor Award.
From the time she was a young girl climbng sand dunes and splashing in its cool waters, Loreen has felt connected and drawn to Lake Michigan. She decided to explore the lake fully by walking around it. The fascinating account of her jouney, A 1,000-Mile Walk on the Beach: One Woman's Trek of the Perimeter of Lake Michigan, was released in March 2011.
For her second adventure, Loreen decided to explore more of the Great Lakes system. This two would lead to another book. She is currently undertaking her third journey, this time exploring many of the island of the Great Lakes.