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I write about what I know, so the best way to find out more about me, is to read my books or my blog, which is at http://michaelmcgarrigle.com/.
I was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland, but I now live near the foot of a 1200m mountain in Hualien, which is a small city on the Pacific coast of Taiwan. I have my own English school, wherein I devise new ways to teach English to Chinese-speaking children of 4-16 years old with varied degrees of success, amusement and pleasure. The humorous and heart-rending stories that have involved the students and the teacher who toil in this school could probably fill several weighty tomes.
I love poetry, music, my family, writing and living in a place where I am misunderstood regularly, but where I am tolerated, where I am well fed and healthy, where opening my front gate reveals a spectacular view of the olive coloured sheer slopes of the tall mountain that I have already mentioned and where I am ten minutes' drive from the glorious Pacific Ocean. I am grateful to this Earth’s inhabitants for giving me the sort of education that I could never have imagined to be possible in the callow days of my youth.
I have experience in the teaching of English to Chinese-speaking children, television broadcasting, engineering, running a business, being a good and bad father, husband, son and brother, finding and losing friends, being violently ill in strange places and being scared rigid by the earthquakes to which I will probably never become accustomed and which regularly shake the ground on which I now live.
I have backpacked in six continents and have been violently and spectacularly ill in three of them (blood both ends). When I was 40, I quit my job as an engineer in an aircraft factory, sold my house and my car and gave away almost everything else and set off around the world on a three year meander. Just before I left, a TV producer whom I had never met asked me to take a television camera with me and I made twenty TV programs for the BBC. At that stage, I had not owned a television for five years, but the producer thought that that was a good thing.
That experience was both good and bad but I learned that the life that we have is the reaction to the things that we do. If you don't do anything to upset the applecart, the applecart stays where it is. If you tip it over occasionally, the worst that can happen is that you get a few bruised apples. They still taste the same but you have the memory of what you did to make those bruises and if you repreat that process often enough, you have a life that is interesting and memories that will keep you warm at night long after all of the material things in your life have lost all significance.
I have written three very different novels and one travel book.
“The Benign Abductor of Souls” has been available since the middle of June 2015.
"The Wife Finder" has been available since September 2015.
"Footprints in the Cheese", a book for teenage and young adult readers, has been available since May 2016. This book started life as three books, but is now the last part of a trilogy, which I am writing back to front. That probably doesn't make any sense but I don't write to become a millionaire so I really couldn't care less.
Quiet desperation is not my thing, so I live in hope and leaven my most impractical optimism with copious amounts of annoying pragmatism. I have purchased ten ISBN’s and abhor waste, so you can expect a regular output of work.
A word about pricing:
I allow the reader to set the price for all of my work. I advise you to download anything for free at first, by changing the recommended price to 0.00. When you have read the book, you can then decide how much the experience was worth, in monetary terms. The recommended price for all of my books is US$1.49. I get about 50% of this price after tax and payments to the retailer. I think that that is more than fair, since it probably takes most people at least twelve hours to read my books. Twelve hours of entertainment in the cinema equates to about seven movies and in most countries that would cost you almost two hundred times the amount that I eventually receive for one book.
If you cannot afford to pay money, for whatever reason, you could write to firstname.lastname@example.org and let me know whether you enjoyed a book, or you might like to write a review on one the many review sites or on this site. I am grateful to anyone who gives time to reading what I have written and I know that everyone's circumstances are different so don't feel bad if you can't pay. Everything in life evens out eventually. If you don't do something for me directly, you will probably do something good for someone else and that goodness will eventually find its way back to me or to someone about whom I care.
on May 11, 2016 :
Starts out good, I enjoyed the first few scenes, my ereader telling me I still had 7 hours of reading to go, I was happy...
Then the big animal is acquired and the story bogs down in stupid stuff. I kept reading hoping it was only a slight diversion, but no it just kept dragging on. My ereader tells me I still have 6 hours to go... I can't handle it, I stop reading.
(reviewed 11 days after purchase)
on May 09, 2016 :
While the blurb says that this book is aimed at teenagers and young adults, do not let that put you off reading it. This 50+ woman really enjoyed the story, so much so that I sat up all night to see what happened next. It romps along at a good pace, the plot is well thought out and well drawn. The characters are really engaging, and I can’t wait to see what happens in the next story, which I understand is the grandfather’s story. I’d thoroughly recommend you read this, and hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
(reviewed 12 days after purchase)