Michael Smith was born in Birmingham UK in 1949. He enjoyed a career in laboratory medicine for 42 years during which time he took a three year break to play music professionally when he wrote and produced his album 'Raindance' in 1978. In 1980 he visited India where he met His Holiness Dalai Lama and was requested to establish a diagnostic laboratory that still flourishes at the Tibetan Delek Hospital in Dhamarmsala to this day. He retired from private practice in 2006 to live in Dharamsala where he writes, plays guitar and studies Buddhism. he describes himself as a trainee Buddhist. He has written three novels, Trekking the Path, Knights of Dreamland and Holy Trinity.