Mike Wells

Biography

Mike Wells is an American bestselling author of over 20 "unputdownable" thriller and suspense novels, including Lust, Money & Murder and Passion, Power & Sin. He is also known for his young adult books, such as The Mysterious Disappearance of Kurt Kramer, The Wrong Side of the Tracks, and Wild Child, which are used by English teachers in high schools and colleges worldwide. Formerly a screenwriter, Wells has a fast-paced, cinematic writing style. His work is often compared to that of the late Sidney Sheldon, with strong and inspiring female heroes, tightly-written scenes, engaging action/dialogue, and numerous plot twists. He currently lives in Europe and has taught in the Creative Writing program at the University of Oxford.

Smashwords Interview

What inspired you to write?
For me, that's a little like asking what inspired a bird to fly, or what inspired a fish to swim. I am a writer; writing is what I do. I feel a strong urge to write each and every day, and I've had this urge as long as I can remember. This urge is different from "inspiration," I think. To me, inspiration is a kind of high, and like most highs--whether naturally or artificially induced--it wears off pretty fast.

Inspiration might get me started on a book, but I could never actually finish a whole novel, which takes months or years, fueled by inspiration alone. I would never get through that difficult middle part of the story, where, as the author, you have to struggle with the thorniest story issues.
Did your family play a role in the development of your literary skills?
Definitely. My mother is also a writer. Some of my earliest memories are the sound of her tapping away on a typewriter, writing short stories and other pieces. In fact, the sound of someone clicking away on a keyboard in the next room is very comforting to me. Maybe I caught the desire to be a writer through some sort of osmosis, or it's in the genes, I don't know.

My family, as well as my wife and her family, have always been very supportive of my writing. They have grown along with me in their supportive roles, too. My wife has learned to be a fantastic developmental editor and her mother, who is a retired journalist, also helps a lot with both the overall shaping of my books and marketing.
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Books

With Mother's Approval: The Seattle Police Hunt a Serial Killer
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Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 57,940. Language: English. Published: September 29, 2014. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural
When the Seattle Police Department bumbles the investigation of a serial killer who has brutally taken the lives of five women, Detectives Allie and Jeremy Branson take over the case. The husband and wife team work out of the King County Sheriff Department's Violent Crime Unit and have one of the best track records in the country. But this time around, the Bransons are tested to their limits.
Kill Your Darlings: 20 Advice Articles for Fiction Writers
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Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 28,270. Language: English. Published: June 9, 2014. Category: Nonfiction » Reference » Writing skills
Bestselling novelist Mike Wells shares 20 of his most popular blog posts in one volume. With more than two decades of experience in both traditional and indie publishing, Wells covers everything from a quick and easy way to write short book synopses to querying agents and editors to how to hook your readers on the first page of a story.
Lust, Money & Murder - Book 4, Cattoretti's Return
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Series: Lust, Money & Murder, Book 4. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 81,940. Language: English. Published: May 17, 2014. Category: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
The Cat always lands on his feet! After being kicked over a cliff into the Mediterranean Sea, Italian criminal mastermind Giorgio Cattoretti has lost everything...including his left eye. Join Cattoretti on his quest for revenge as he hides out on the island of Cyprus, avoids the Russian mafia, and painstakingly plans the biggest art crime in history. The Cat is back!
The Drive-By Wife, Book 3
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Price: $3.49 USD. Words: 30,920. Language: English. Published: March 3, 2014. Category: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
In this explosive psychological thriller, Allen and Cynthia Hunt are an upper middle-class San Francisco couple who make one small but serious mistake. This momentary lapse in judgement plunges them into an endless nightmare that threatens to destroy not only their marriage, but their very lives.
The Drive-By Wife, Book 2
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Price: $3.49 USD. Words: 25,650. Language: English. Published: February 8, 2014. Category: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
In this explosive psychological thriller, Allen and Cynthia Hunt are an upper middle-class San Francisco couple who make one small but serious mistake. This momentary lapse in judgement plunges them into an endless nightmare that threatens to destroy not only their marriage, but their very lives.
The Drive-By Wife: A Dark Tale of Blackmail and Romantic Obsession - Book 1
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Price: Free! Words: 30,690. Language: English. Published: January 26, 2014. Category: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
In this explosive psychological thriller, Allen and Cynthia Hunt are an upper middle-class San Francisco couple who make one small but serious mistake. This momentary lapse in judgement plunges them into an endless nightmare that threatens to destroy not only their marriage, but their very lives.
The Drive-By Wife, Books 1, 2 & 3
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Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 86,380. Language: English. Published: September 6, 2013. Category: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
In this explosive psychological thriller, Allen and Cynthia Hunt are an upper middle-class San Francisco couple who make one small but serious mistake. This momentary lapse in judgement plunges them into an endless nightmare that threatens to destroy not only their marriage, but their very lives.
Passion, Power & Sin - Book 5
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Series: Passion, Power & Sin, Book 5. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 43,550. Language: English. Published: April 14, 2013. Category: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
One spectacular financial scheme. One woman alone against the world. Young, beautiful, and yearning for love, Heather Bancroft meets the "perfect" man...and loses all that is dear to her. Heather's thirst for revenge takes her halfway around the globe--she's playing for the highest stakes in a lethal game. Only one man loves her - he's just as determined as she is. And one man wants her dead.
Passion, Power & Sin - Book 4
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Series: Passion, Power & Sin, Book 4. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 30,570. Language: English. Published: April 14, 2013. Category: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
One spectacular financial scheme. One woman alone against the world. Young, beautiful, and yearning for love, Heather Bancroft meets the "perfect" man...and loses all that is dear to her. Heather's thirst for revenge takes her halfway around the globe--she's playing for the highest stakes in a lethal game. Only one man loves her - he's just as determined as she is. And one man wants her dead.
Passion, Power & Sin - Book 3
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Series: Passion, Power & Sin, Book 3. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 38,030. Language: English. Published: April 14, 2013. Category: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
One spectacular financial scheme. One woman alone against the world. Young, beautiful, and yearning for love, Heather Bancroft meets the "perfect" man...and loses all that is dear to her. Heather's thirst for revenge takes her halfway around the globe--she's playing for the highest stakes in a lethal game. Only one man loves her - he's just as determined as she is. And one man wants her dead.
Passion, Power & Sin - Book 2
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Series: Passion, Power & Sin, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 47,120. Language: English. Published: April 14, 2013. Category: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
One spectacular financial scheme. One woman alone against the world. Young, beautiful, and yearning for love, Heather Bancroft meets the "perfect" man...and loses all that is dear to her. Heather's thirst for revenge takes her halfway around the globe--she's playing for the highest stakes in a lethal game. Only one man loves her - he's just as determined as she is. And one man wants her dead.
Passion, Power & Sin: The Victim of a Global Internet Scam Plots Her Revenge - Book 1
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Series: Passion, Power & Sin, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 42,820. Language: English. Published: April 14, 2013. Category: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
One spectacular financial scheme. One woman alone against the world. Young, beautiful, and yearning for love, Heather Bancroft meets the "perfect" man...and loses all that is dear to her. Heather's thirst for revenge takes her halfway around the globe--she's playing for the highest stakes in a lethal game. Only one man loves her - he's just as determined as she is. And one man wants her dead.
Passion, Power & Sin - Books 1 - 5
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Series: Passion, Power & Sin. Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 200,320. Language: English. Published: March 28, 2013. Category: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
One spectacular financial scheme. One woman alone against the world. Young, beautiful, and yearning for love, Heather Bancroft meets the "perfect" man...and loses all that is dear to her. Heather's thirst for revenge takes her halfway around the globe--she's playing for the highest stakes in a lethal game. Only one man loves her - he's just as determined as she is. And one man wants her dead.
The Mysterious Disappearance of Kurt Kramer - Book 2
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Series: The Mysterious Disappearance of Kurt Kramer, Book 2. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 26,630. Language: English. Published: November 4, 2011. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy
17 year old Rachel is crazy about Kurt, but she’s not sure the feelings are mutual. When his parents invite her and his best friend on a family vacation in Aruba, they encounter a strange object on the beach. Kurt disappears. He begins communicating in bizarre ways that shake his family to the core. Rachel realizes that he’s stuck between worlds...she’s the only one who can bring him back.
Baby Talk - Book 2
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Series: Baby Talk, Book 2. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 30,240. Language: English. Published: November 3, 2011. Category: Fiction » Horror » General
In this creepy horror novel, Neal Becker is convinced that his 5 month old baby daughter can talk. But that's impossible...isn't it? Except that Neal didn't really want to get married in the first place and pushed his wife for an abortion. And now, Baby Natasha knows it. She's out to get Neal, or so he believes. Join the two in a terrifying battle for survival that will make your blood run cold!
The Wrong Side of the Tracks: A Coming-of-Age Adventure of First Love & Friendship - Book 2
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Series: The Wrong Side of the Tracks, Book 2. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 43,040. Language: English. Published: November 2, 2011. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Thriller and Suspense
14 year old Stephen soon finds himself in love with Kristine, one of the prettiest girls in his class. Kristine appears to like him, too, but Stephen learns she "belongs" to a big, mean football player who's three years older. Despite warnings from his best friend, Stephen moves ahead anyway. Will Stephen allow himself to be shoved into the background, or will he win the girl he truly loves?
Wild Child, Book 2 - Lilith
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Series: Wild Child, Book 2. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 36,220. Language: English. Published: August 25, 2011. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Thriller and Suspense
Wild Child, Book 2 - Lilith takes up where the first story left off. Join Kyle, Briana, Brawn and Brains for another hair-raising adventure with the "green water." Several new, intriguing characters are introduced. Written in the same lean, fast-paced style as the original, this sequel will keep you breathlessly turning the pages, eager to find out what happens next.
Lust, Money & Murder - Book 1, Lust - A Female Secret Agent Takes on an International Criminal
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Series: Lust, Money & Murder, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 29,890. Language: English. Published: June 15, 2011. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
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Born in the worst suburb in Pittsburgh, Elaine Brogan is bright, beautiful and bold. When her father is falsely arrested for passing counterfeit $100 bills, Elaine fights her way into the Secret Service, determined to punish the man responsible. Join Elaine on a dangerous, romantic journey that takes her halfway around the globe and into the hands of the most ruthless counterfeiter in the world.
Lust, Money & Murder - Book 2, Money
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Series: Lust, Money & Murder, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 28,480. Language: English. Published: June 15, 2011. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
Elaine falls head over heels for Nick, but discovers he’s not what he appears. Elaine is called back to Washington to lead a top secret program to develop counterfeit-proof banknotes, but soon finds herself in Russia, running from the Mafia, and eventually in the hands of Giorgio Cattoretti, a master knock-off clothing manufacturer who has now become the world’s #1 currency counterfeiter.
Lust, Money & Murder - Book 3, Murder
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Series: Lust, Money & Murder, Book 3. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 29,000. Language: English. Published: June 14, 2011. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
Global counterfeiting mastermind Giorgio Cattoretti takes Elaine under his wing, tempting her with heady amounts of money to apply her expert knowledge to improve his near-perfect U.S. bills. But Elaine still loves Nick. When Nick enters the picture, it maybe too late. With nowhere to turn, will Elaine give in to a life of crime, or will she find the love she has always wanted?
The Wrong Side of the Tracks: A Coming-Age-Story of First Love and True Friendship - Book 1
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Series: The Wrong Side of the Tracks, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 35,080. Language: English. Published: May 27, 2011. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Thriller and Suspense
14 year old Stephen soon finds himself in love with Kristine, one of the prettiest girls in his class. Kristine appears to like him, too, but Stephen learns she "belongs" to a big, mean football player who's three years older. Despite warnings from his best friend, Stephen moves ahead anyway. Will Stephen allow himself to be shoved into the background, or will he win the girl he truly loves?
Secrets of the Elusive Lover: The Private Journal of a Playboy - Book 1
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Series: Secrets of the Elusive Lover, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 21,280. Language: English. Published: May 22, 2011. Category: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
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Every woman knows an Adam. He always has the perfect excuse when you find that long strand of blonde hair stuck to his collar. But Adam can't fool Bethany, who, despite her better judgment, falls head over heels withhim. Hilarious at times and poignant at others, you'll find yourself turning the pages faster and faster to see if the two can get together. Another 'unputdownable' Mike Wells read!
Course Corrections: Navigating the Entrepreneurial Waters
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Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 15,560. Language: English. Published: April 21, 2011. Category: Nonfiction » Business & Economics » Small business and entrepreneurship
This book consists of 12 articles I wrote during the throes of building my business, Arnet Corporation, during the personal computer revolution of the 1980s. After several brushes with bankruptcy, the company took off, won numerous awards, and made the INC. 500 two years in a row. If you are an entrepreneur or small business owner, or thinking of starting your own company, this book is for you.
The Mysterious Disappearance of Kurt Kramer: A Romantic Teenage Sci-Fi Thriller - Book 1
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Series: The Mysterious Disappearance of Kurt Kramer, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 25,950. Language: English. Published: March 27, 2011. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy
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17 year old Rachel is crazy about Kurt, but she’s not sure the feelings are mutual. When his parents invite her and his best friend on a family vacation in Aruba, they encounter a strange object on the beach. Kurt disappears. He begins communicating in bizarre ways that shake his family to the core. Rachel realizes that he’s stuck between worlds...she’s the only one who can bring him back.
Wild Child
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Series: Wild Child, Book 1. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 24,470. Language: English. Published: March 10, 2011. Category: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
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Briana Fox is the wildest girl in school. She and Kyle have been close for a long time...almost lovers. Kyle is afraid that if he pushes her, he'll have his heart broken and lose his best friend. When Briana discovers a mysterious "power drug" in a cave, two government agents are desperate to find the source and turn Briana into a human experiment. Will Kyle risk everything to protect his love?
Lust, Money & Murder - Books 1, 2 & 3
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Series: Lust, Money & Murder. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 87,220. Language: English. Published: January 26, 2011. Category: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
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Born in the worst suburb in Pittsburgh, Elaine Brogan is bright, beautiful and bold. When her father is falsely arrested for passing counterfeit $100 bills, Elaine fights her way into the Secret Service, determined to punish the man responsible. Join Elaine on a dangerous, romantic journey that takes her halfway around the globe and into the hands of the most ruthless counterfeiter in the world.

Smashwords book reviews by Mike Wells

  • Ghost Stories And The Unexplained: Book One on Oct. 01, 2011

    (Reviewed by Anna Wells) Ghost Stories and The Unexplained, Book 1, is a truly gripping collection of the 7 chapters each of which describes instances when The Beyond crosses over to the world of humans. The collection opens with a chapter that sets the leitmotif for the rest of the stories. The grandmother of the protagonist has lost her two husbands to The Beyond. She makes no attempt at pseudo-scientific explanations, she simply knows and needs no formulae to prove it. Indeed, rational behaviours of adequate and confident human beings prove to be useless against the visitors from The Beyond. It is only that Knowledge of the truth that may save people from the ghosts. It does not matter to her, to her granddaughter or to me what the ghost is or why it is there, but the fear that leaked from the pages of my Kindle seemed to fill the room. I was reading in bed, in the dark and though I am not easily scared I found that it took me all my courage to climb out from under the duvet and turn on the lights! If I were to choose a favourite story it would have to be Turkey Creek and the Civil War Miss Who Walked Its High Banks. The sense of danger is perceptible through the chapter although it is impossible to pinpoint where in the writing it comes from. But the ending is astounding. It will horrify you but you can't help but appreciate it because it ties the themes of the Book 1 together. Another story that demonstrates how subtle the borders between our world and theirs really are is The Poltergeist. The story is too dark, too dangerous and too full of disturbing images. I made a mistake of reading it before bed and I was afraid to fall asleep! This book is worth reading, but keep the lights on! Highly recommended for ghost-story lovers, I give it five stars.