Michael Puttonen is a writer of action/adventure/fantasy novels. A Minnesota native, he became interested in writing as a creative outlet a number of years ago, concentrating his early efforts on short stories and tales for young children, which evolved into writing novels for a more adult readership. Always an avid reader, his tastes include an eclectic variety of genres and styles that encompass storytellers both past and present. As a writer, he feels an affinity for action and adventure, and loves fantasy for the freedom it offers in creating alternate worlds. His direct influences include the pulp fantasy of E.R. Burroughs and the historical fiction of Bernard Cornwell. Sanyel is the first novel of a projected adventure/fantasy series. Disrupter is the second, and a third is in the works. He has also recently published a collection of children's tales.