Michael Embry is the author of eight novels, three nonfiction sports books and a short-story collection. He was a reporter, sportswriter and editor for more than 30 years. He's now a full-time novelist. He lives in Frankfort, Ky., with his wife, Mary, and two Chorkies, Bailey and Belle.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
I'm generally an early riser but I must confess that my two Chorkies, Bailey and Belle, are the biggest inspiration for getting out of bed. They make me! But I also write in the pre-dawn hours since I find it rather quiet, especially after the dogs do their business and eat. I try to write two to three hours, and longer if I don't run out of mental energy.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I enjoy spending time outdoors, usually hiking or walking. I also like family time since I have a supportive wife, two wonderful sons and daughters-in-law and three beautiful granddaughters. And then I have my two Chorkies (a mix of Chihuahua and Yorkshire terrier), Bailey and Belle, who also demand some of my time. Other than that, you'll usually find me reading, both fiction and nonfiction.
Jesse Christopher finds out that it’s not easy being the new kid in school, no matter how well you play basketball. When discovered shooting hoops at a school playground by a high school coach, Jesse seems to be the missing piece to the puzzle for a team that aspires to win the Kentucky state championship.
But Jesse faces an array of problems in his new environment as he tries to make friends...
Blake Williams is a widower trying to raise three children. He has been careful to open his heart to another woman, fearful of the pain he might suffer again. His attention is focused on providing a loving home for his kids.
Carla Reeves is involved in an abusive relationship. She doesn’t know who to turn to for advice. She meets Blake by chance on several occasions and the relationship evolves..
Micah Stewart is in the throes of a mid-life crisis. He’s bored with his job as a sports writer. While he maintains a good relationship with his ex-wife and children, he feels unfulfilled in many areas of his life. A random act of violence in the workplace forces Micah to hit the road in search of meaning to his life. Will he find enlightenment? Can he find happiness again? Can he find...
Sports columnist Chase Elliott has earned a reputation around the newsroom of being a person that others can confide their deepest problems. What happens when someone goes over the line? And what if a fellow worker dies from mysterious circumstances?
Brandon Wilkes is a 45-year-old sports columnist who has never settled down to the point of marriage. At first it was his career that caused him to go the bachelor route. He became a respected and successful sportswriter. As he grew older, he seemed content to be single the remainder of his life. That's not to say that he didn't have relationships or that women didn't pursue him.
Dealing with bullies isn’t an easy thing to do. My parents tell me to ignore or avoid them. But it seems if you ignore them, it gets under their skin and they want to bully you even more. And that makes it’s even harder to avoid them. Does that make sense?
I’m not the only one who gets bullied.