About The Author
Mike was born in a little village just north of the River Humber and grew up just south of it in Grimsby. He experimented with becoming a fantasy author early on with his Father’s electric typewriter, trying to write a ‘Choose Your Own Adventure’ book with limited success. In his 20’s he studied Computer Science at the University of Lincoln at the Hull campus, moving to Hull for his final year. He has also lived in Altrincham and Bristol, and now lives in Ely with his wife, daughter and 2 cats.
Mike has had jobs as diverse as 999 emergency operator; IT Technician; Health Food store manager; and hospital equipment delivery driver, to name just a few.
As a young man, Mike mostly followed his Father’s penchant for Sci-Fi, marvelling over art books of spaceships painted by Chris Foss and others and reading everything from . As children, when his cousin was reading Tolkien for example, Mike was reading The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy. When his cousin read The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant, Mike read Neuromancer and Snow Crash. They both read Dune, which goes to show what a great genre-spanning novel it is. He has since read The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings books, but has yet to dive into Lord Foul’s Bane.
Mike considers himself to be a geek – A lifelong love of the art form of Comics and graphic novels, Computer and Videogames, Science-Fiction and Star Wars attest to this and has since been bolstered by a passion for all things Dungeons and Dragons, (Mike played his first game in his 40’s and became instantly hooked,) and Fantasy in general, particularly in books and RPG video games.
Some of his favourite authors include: Neil Gaiman, Clive Barker, Patrick Rothfuss, Ray Bradbury, and many others.
He is also very into music, particularly heavy metal, (and particularly in particular: metalcore, industrial, thrash, death metal and pretty much anything with a double kick pedal or a blast beat over a crushing breakdown.) but also enjoys punk, jazz, classical and selected pop. He despises modern pop R&B, although likes original Rhythm and Blues. He sings occasionally and will surprise people by dancing better than a man of his age and size has any right to. He has an aversion to musicals that borders on the pathological.
He is also an accomplished studio photographer, and spends some of his time shooting portraits for clients.