Mike lives with his family in a suburb of Cincinnati, OH. Born and raised just south of Cincinnati in Erlanger, KY, Mike attended St. Henry High School where he entertained the idea of one day being a writer.
Later Mike attended Northern Kentucky University where he initially majored in Journalism and wrote for the school newspaper, The Northerner. He eventually decided he wanted to be a technical writer and changed his major. He received a Bachelors of Science degree in Marketing with a minor in Psychology.
His first job after graduating was with a small marketing research firm where he was hired to write marketing research reports. As fate would have it, he would have to wait to be a writer because the staff computer person quit that very day, with Mike being thrust into the IS support role. Over two decades later, Mike is still working with computers and loving it. He is currently a project manager in the eBusiness department of a Fortune 500 company in Cincinnati, OH.
Mike has also been a musician since the age of 15. He spent 3 years playing with Johnny Fink & The Intrusion in the 1990's but quit to pursue marriage and a family. He later played with several worship bands in the Cincinnati area. Eventually he realized his life was too busy to continue with performing music and eventually sought another creative outlet that required less time away from home.
Family life brought Mike one step closer to writing once more in a rather unexpected way. Mike loved telling his daughters stories at bed-time. A family tradition was born as his daughters asked him to make up stories spontaneously which yielded a few classics which his now teen-aged daughters still recall with amazing clarity. His family began to urge Mike to write down his stories which indeed rekindled Mike's writing. Soon he realized he had a number of ideas for a novel, although not necessarily for children.
In 2007 Mike wrote his first novel. He spent 6 months writing the book, another 6 months revising it, 1 year working with an editor and another 6 months rewriting yet again. Eventually he decided he was not happy with the final result and set upon writing something entirely different. This first novel, however, helped Mike understand the process better and helped him develop a more creative and efficient process of writing.
In 2010 Mike began "Of Honor and Deceit" and published the book online in March of 2011. The book is a psychological thriller with a military backdrop. Deep in the story-line are a number of layers of ethical difficulties that challenge the reader with their own belief systems. "This is not me trying to push an agenda, or trying to tell anyone what they should believe or how they should act when faced with these kinds of tough decisions, but I just want them to make up their own minds and try to think through their own beliefs."
Mike hopes to pursue publication with a traditional publishing house in the near future. He is also currently half-way finished with his next novel.
Where to find Mike Due online
Of Honor And Deceit
What do you do when you are deceived? In an attempt to defend yourself, would you become a deceiver as well? To what lengths would you go to right a wrong? Would you do similar wrongs to make it right? This intellectual thriller, based on a military base in Arizona, examines the classic quandry of ethics: does the end justify the means?