Michael (Mike) was born in Chicago, Illinois. He is a Navy veteran and a graduate of DePaul University in Chicago. A retired computer systems analyst, he has also served as a Blue & Gold Officer for the United States Naval Academy (in which he interviewed potential candidates for the Navy's college in Annapolis, Maryland). In 2013, he retried, after 20 years of service.
In addition, he is an avid model railroader, and, in what's left of his spare time, he is a passionate reader and gardener.
Since retiring, Mike has turned his attention to writing. Mike writes in a variety of genres including: paranormal, fantasy, romance, and action adventure. He likes to blend these genres into unique and edgy novels that are geared towards a YA audience.
Currently, he has completed YA several novels, including Piasa, Cryptid (a sequel to Piasa), and Moonglimmer.
He has also completed a work of paranormal fiction called LifeShift
, which is currently being edited. Lifeshift
is a stand alone novel, but merges with Moonglimmer
in Ió 27
Other works in progress include, Shadow Lake
, an experiment combining fiction with memoir that is currently a stand alone novel, and an unnamed novel that will continue the stories of the characters that were introduced in Piasa
Michael has attended the San Diego State Writers’ Conference four times and was twice chairman, and also a past secretary, of the Schaumburg Scribes writing group in Schaumburg, Illinois, where he lives with his two assistants, rescue cats Io and Iris. He also served as senior editor of the groups Chapbook in 2006, 2008 and 2009. He is a former member of the Chicago Screenwriters Network and founder of the Schaumburg Novel Writers Group. In addition he has taken several classes and attended other conferences.