Hello and thanks for visiting. I’m Mike, a speculative fiction writer, and a nutritionist. I’ve set up this site as a hub for my creative writing. Ever since Mr. Zerbies’ 4th grade English class, one of my life-long dreams was to write a story and get published. Now after years of waking up at 4 a.m. to work on my craft, I’m very proud to say that one of my short stories, Parquet to the Past, has been published. You can find it in Outcasts: An Anthology—a collection of short stories from Ohio authors that explores human connections and what happens when we lose those connections. Parquet to the Past shows how memories can slow the passing of time, but if you don’t live in the present, time will surprisingly catch up with you.
Outcasts: An Anthology is available in print and digital formats at Amazon and Barnes and Noble. Pick up a copy and check it out! The foreword is written by actor, director, and writer Dan Fogler of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and The Walking Dead.
I’ve also completed my first novel, Paraliths, a young adult fantasy. It was selected as a finalist in the Great Novel Contest, but I didn’t win. Most likely because I submitted it too early not realizing how much work needs to go into the revision process. The next time I submit to a novel contest or query a literary agent, my novel will be polished, and my expectation will be to win or get representation. Wish me luck!
Click here to read more about Paraliths and other projects I’m working on.
Aside from all that stuff, when the crazy world of COVID-19 isn’t slowing me down, I try to post a short story or nutrition blog every month or so. My goal is to always look at things simply, imaginatively, and to not bore the living hell out of you. If you have an overactive imagination and you’re interested in your health, cheers, you’re in the right place.
Most of the books on my bookshelves are stories that have been made into movies. One of my favorite things to do is watch a TV show or movie and then read the book that inspired it, or vice-versa. I love to see how producers translate a book. Usually they do a crappy job, for I have rarely watched a TV show or movie that was better than the book. The latest example being The Expanse series.