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A retired writing professor with the time now to actually practice what I preached in the classroom.


Background Information

 Writer of mysteries, thrillers, humorous fiction, and non-fiction: Love and romance, laughter and tears, thrills and fears.

My INTERNATIONAL SUSPENSE COLLECTION currently has two books: COVERT DREAMS, Book One; and DEADLY EYES, Book Two.

My CONTEMPORARY/HUMOROUS FICTION COLLECTION currently has two books: THE FAMOUS UNION, Book One; and THE SURVIVAL OF MARVIN BAINES, Book Two.

TRIANGLE OF HOPE was written as a testament to the fact that sheer determination on the part of people can bring about hope in even the most hopeless of circumstances.

THE THREE KITTIES THAT SAVED MY LIFE was my heartfelt attempt to make things right again in my own life, and putting this true story of love down on paper worked. It was something that I just knew I had to do. One reviewer says of this book, "This is like drinking tea and honey on a cold day."

THE SIR RODNEY VIGNETTES is a collection of humorous anecdotal episodes in the life of an Old World Charmer, allowing the English professor side of me to come forth.

I have resided in and have visited many places in the world, all of which have contributed in some way to my own published writing. I have literally traveled throughout the world, on numerous occasions. I have lived in Finland, Germany, Thailand, Saudi Arabia (where COVERT DREAMS - INTERNATIONAL SUSPENSE COLLECTION BOOK ONE - is set), and the U.S. Virgin Islands (where DEADLY EYES - INTERNATIONAL SUSPENSE COLLECTION BOOK TWO - is set). I gained the wanderlust to see the world, to experience other cultures, at an early age, and this desire has never left me. If anything, it has only gained in intensity as I have aged. I try to travel internationally at least once a year. In the interim, I spend lots of time traveling around both my home state of California and other nearby states.

Among the many unique things that have happened to me in my world travels, I have walked the streets of Istanbul with a detective, searching for a pickpocket who got me good. I have ridden on the back of a motorcycle in Tehran while the driver, who spoke not one word of English, pointed out all the sights to me. I have wrestled an Iranian soldier who tried to break into my hotel room in Tehran. I have had the paint completely stripped from my car as I drove across Saudi Arabia in a sandstorm. I have stood on the stage of a busy nightclub in Tokyo, singing "She'll be Coming Round the Mountain When She Comes" to an audience feeling no pain from the Sake they were drinking. I have been chased by a family of mongooses (yes, that is the correct spelling) on the idyllic Caribbean island of St. Croix. And that is just the beginning of my long list of worldly adventures.

As a recent retiree from a forty-year career as a professor of writing, I now live in Southern California wine country with my wife, Kitty, and our two adorable rescue cats.

SPECIAL NOTE: COVERT DREAMS has recently received a Compulsion Reads endorsement. For those of you who are unfamiliar with Compulsion Reads, this company specializes in reviewing and endorsing those novels that meet its quality standards based on the fundamental qualities of good storytelling. Many books that the company reviews don't earn their endorsement, so this is a pretty big deal.

You can follow me at my Facebook writer's site: https://www.facebook.com/MichaelMeyersWritingLife

Be sure to check out my Pinterest writer's page:
http://pinterest.com/temmike/#

I thank you for your interest in my work.
Mike

Birth Place
Los Angeles, CA 
Accomplishments

Published two college level writing textbooks. Voted Teacher of the Year by the students at the College of the Virgin Islands. COVERT DREAMS, DEADLY EYES, and THE THREE KITTIES THAT SAVED MY LIFE have all become either semi-finalists or finalists in national competitions.

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My novels have been published by Pacific Books.

THE SURVIVAL OF MARVIN BAINES is a story about real life and whimsy, as they collide head on with a man's midlife crisis. It is fast paced and filled with colorful characters. Marvin Baines' humorous adventures take him on a journey through which he finally realizes what is really important in life. Funny at times and yet serious too, a winning combination about life, marriage, and coming to terms with one's own quandaries and foibles as midlife suddenly rears its head.

THE FAMOUS UNION is a tongue-in-cheek look at the dismal economic situation currently taking place on a small California college campus, where tough financial decisions bring about severe disruption and hilarity to a once very proud institution of higher learning, the home of the Famous Union Fighting Orchids, whose motto is and always has been, "Just wait until next year." In a land of severe economic straitjackets, the college, as the result of an executive decision in late August, was forced to forever abolish its entire freshman composition program two weeks before the newly hired coordinator reports for duty. The decision is a landmark one, Famous Union College having been the first and only institution of higher learning in the entire country to disband the writing program that is a strict requirement everywhere else under the American flag, and always has been. The colorful characters find themselves in a fast paced read of opposing but intersecting motives and desires, the strains of the financial devastation the college now suddenly finds itself in bringing terrible toil to all those impacted, which is everybody. Though the tone is light, the characters are well drawn and the struggles they undergo are not far removed from what is actually taking place in our economically strapped nation today. Their idiosyncrasies and strong passion for their often-conflicting desires humanly demonstrate much of what society is indeed feeling in the country today, making this a very timely contribution to the foibles of living with the terrible money throes we find ourselves having to endure in today's strange and wonderful world of the United States.

COVERT DREAMS is an international thriller set in two exotic locales: Saudi Arabia, and Munich, both places in which the author has lived and knows well. It is a Mideast thriller with non-stop suspense, beginning in the very first paragraph.

DEADLY EYES is a Caribbean mystery set on the island of St. Croix, American paradise, where the sun shines brightly, the palm trees sway in the gentle breeze, and the sand is sugary white. But Cuff, the main character, who is being stalked by an unknown person, suddenly finds himself entangled in a series of inexplicable murders, and he knows that time is running out for him unless he can uncover the secret to what is happening around him on the idyllic island.

THE THREE KITTIES THAT SAVED MY LIFE was my heartfelt attempt to make things right again in my life after my first wife died, and putting this true story of love down on paper worked. It was something that I knew I had to do.

TRIANGLE OF HOPE was written as a testament to the fact that sheer determination on the part of people can bring about hope in even the most hopeless of circumstances.

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