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Mick Jett, author of the newly released historical novel, "Knowing Daniel," and the gripping true-crime story "My Friend the Felon."

Background Information


 Novelist Mick Jett is a veteran journalist and freelance writer, who was published globally in magazines and newspapers before starting to write books on a full-time basis.

He began his career as a sports writer for The Montgomery (Alabama) Advertiser, then served on the staff of the Tennessean as wire editor, page designer and feature writer. His next stop was major metropolitan newsroom of The Miami Herald where he worked for more than two decades. Along the way, he compiled the best seller list in Miami for The New York Times and  contributed to that newspaper's Names in Bold column.

Mick also worked as a freelance correspondent for the British news agency Reuters and the American wire service United Press International. His reports were also carried internationally by the Knight-Ridder News Service.

In other fields, he taught journalism for two semesters at the University of Miami and served on the board of the Ace Academy in Coral Gables, FL. He  serves as a volunteer with American Red Cross, an Air Force veteran, and a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion.

 Mick says, "The works of several brilliant authors strike me as ideal..The two most  influential fiction writers on my own scribblings are Mark Twain and Patrick O'Brian, both masters of scene setting in different genres. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle has been a favorites since childhood and his abilities to sketch characters in a few short words were masterful.

 "History is of great interest to me and the military writer Cornelius Ryan stands out as a near-perfect example of a meticulous researcher of fact combined with enviable and  flowing skills as a wordsmith."

 For a long period I was fascinated by the great Russian novelists. Vladimir Nabokov's mastery of American English and slang amazed me while the others kept me glued to their book. When I first began reading the great Russians, I found it difficult to identify the characters because of the annoying habit in that vast country to burden individuals with multiple names. After dealing with that problem I dove straighaway into the works of such masters as Dostoyevsky, Tolstoy, Gogol, Pasternak, Solzhenitsin and Pushkin. I've probably left out a few names but my great years take their toll on the memories.

American and British writers, however, are my favorites and my taste is definitely catholic. As a young airman I admired Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer. Ann Rule is wonderful, as is Nora Roberts, both geniuses in their own genres. 

Birth Place
Nashville, TN USA
Additional Information

I would like to thank those readers who commented on my novel Knowing Daniel: Here are some reader comments about the novel: "Startlingly vivid, Mick Jett's insightful saga Knowing Daniel, with its engaging multi-faceted characters, traces the relationships between members of the upper-class families of the American frontier. A mirror of life itself during the nation's infancy, the book packs a muscular one-two-three punch as young Daniel Burns deals with love, fear and adventure. The reader is taken on an emotional roller-coaster and is sure to experience thrills, joy, anger, tears, hope and satisfaction. Comment from an editor to an e-book publisher: "This author shows definite talent for drawing in a reader from page one and having them turn each page to see what will happen next. I was drawn to the characters and the way historical facts and customs were interwoven neatly into the thread of the story without seeming to be a history lesson or boring. The author's voice is part of the charm of the story and the final editor will need to be careful not to tamper with it." From a reader after the book had only been published for two weeks: "I loved it and I immediately had a feeling of connection to the characters, Melinda Jacob and Daniel. My husband only reads sports books and yet he is reading it , and liking it too ! I was " hooked" after the first pages -- if that's what you call it -- and usually it takes about 20 pages, I think, for a book to grab your attention. The writing is strong and Mick created a world of intriguing characters guaranteed to gain empathy as well as surpises" In addition to that report from Theresa Samson of Omaha, NE, I also received a few more bits of encouraging feedback: "I love the book. It is a gripping story with shifts in pace. I'm recommending it to my club." -- Jacqueline Leahy, Melbourne FL "I FEEL LIKE I AM RIGHT IN THERE WITH THE CHARACTERS! IT IS VERY WELL WRITTEN." --- Sonja Marino, NYC and Helena, MT.

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Martin Sisters Publishing
A site from which to order Knowing Daniel. The books is also available for order at all major bookstores in print or electronic versions. Amazon also carres the title.

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