Michael Puttonen is a Minnesota native and writer of action/adventure novels with a fantasy element. He honed his craft penning short stories and tales for young children before expanding into writing full-length adventure novels aimed at a young adult and 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 action/adventure series, DISRUPTER is the second, and a third, CIRCLES AND STONES, is in the works. He has also published a collection of children's tales.