An award-winning filmmaker and author, Mike has sailed over 50000 miles on his own ketch between Vancouver, B.C., and the south seas islands, Australia and Hawaii. Mike recently directed and produced a one-hour special for PBS titled SOUNDS OF HOME - MUSIC FROM THE OZARKS. Mike is currently working on his new novel WILLIAM, a heart-wrenching and gripping story about a young man growing up during England's dark ages.
Just recently published on Smashwords is his novel "Black Pearls and Poppies", and just awaiting publication are "The Valencia's Last Ridy" and "Follow Your Dreams", about Mike's and his family's three-year voyage through the South Pacific.
On Vancouver Island's west coast in 1906 unfolded a story of incompetence, cowardice and betrayal that remains the most shameful incident in Canadian maritime history.
The Valencia's Last Ride paints a vivid and touching picture of the last hours on the ship.
Michael C. Neitzel along with his wife Christel and their son and daughter spent close to two years sailing from British Columbia through the wonders of the South Pacific Islands to Australia in their 36-foot sailboat Southern Cross.
Black Pearls and Poppies takes the reader to the magical islands of the South Pacific, where old and new cultures and generations clash, and where greed and violence acts out in the paradise of the South Seas.