Fred and Donna Winters established Bigwater Publishing, LLC. in 1988 and launched its most popular imprint, the Great Lakes Romances® series, in February 1989. Donna had been writing for Christian publishers and had three books in print when the Christian romance market took a downturn. After much research and prayer, Fred and Donna decided to take on the responsibility for publishing her work. After the release of Mackinac, the first title in the Great Lakes Romances series, they waited to see how readers would respond. Sales took off and the series has been expanding for more than twenty years.