nearly as long as he has been producing novels, and he’s one of the most
prolific and thoughtful scribes I know.
“Rivers to Blood” is Michael’s sixth mystery to feature prison chaplain John Jordan, and the follow-up to 2012’s Florida Book Award-winning “Blood Sacrifice.” This novel marks the return of Michael’s primary protagonist, the one that launched his career as a novelist with the publication of “Power in the Blood” in 1997.
“Rivers to Blood” finds
Jordan searching for an escaped prisoner,
investigating a shocking murder and a sadist who forces his victims to violate
themselves — all while trying to take care of his family, friends and the
members of his errant flock. It is published through Michael’s imprint,
Pulpwood Press, and is available in hardcover, paperback and e-book formats.
June will see the publication of “The Big Hello,” Michael’s third mystery to feature Jimmy “Soldier” Riley, a 1940s gumshoe operating out of wartime
Michael is also working on “an old-time radio show” production of “The Big
Hello,” with a full cast and sound effects, which will be performed live before
an audience later this year.
In October, Michael will debut his second Merrick McKnight novel, “A Certain Retribution,” which is a follow-up to 2010’s “
.” Michael said he wrote these
three novels over many years, but he is happy to see them all released as part
of his anniversary year celebration. Thunder Beach
“It’s going to make for a busy year,” he said, “but I’m thrilled to see each one of my series characters make an appearance during this year that is so meaningful to me.”
A Wewahitchka native, Michael writes nearly all day, every day, and said he has experienced life in the “idiosyncratic way” of a writer. But it all started 20 years ago, in a borrowed upstairs office with a balcony view and a window air conditioner.
“Of course, I had been writing for a while, starting and stopping, trying and failing, sad and bad attempts, beginning some five years prior,” he said. “But it was the summer of 1994 that everything finally aligned, as I was completing my graduate degree in theology, and I traded time spent in academics for creative endeavors.”
Join me in congratulating a local author for his drive and dedication. Here’s to decades more.