Mike Bowerbank

Biography

I'm a Canadian author who has a fascination with what makes people tick. The dynamic between people and their chemistry can create some truly amazing interactions. I try to capture such moments in my novels.

Perhaps more importantly, my characters are all people who are trying to function in a dysfunctional world. They have self-doubts, anxieties, and mental health challenges which range from mild to severe. In other words, these are characters who are just like the rest of us. My main goal in writing, aside from entertainment, is to help my readers feel comfortable inside their own minds.

I published my first novel in 2015 and have been loving the journey ever since.

Smashwords Interview

What's the story behind your latest book?
In every detective novel I've ever read, the detective gets all the glory while all the myriad people who helped him solve it get pushed to the sidelines. Well, what if the detective disappeared early in the book and those same myriad people then had to solve the entire thing themselves? That's exactly what occurs in "The Baneridge Murders".

Here's the back cover text:

An unsolved murder.
An innocent person arrested.
A missing detective.
All in a town with too many secrets.

"The Baneridge Murders" were enough of a mystery even before the detective went missing. Now his two hired assistants are tasked with trying to piece together the case in a town that is trying to drive them out.
Their main clue: a sketchbook of riddles and impossible pictures.
Their main lead: a troubled 12-year-old boy who believes that God talks to him.
In small towns, everyone has their secrets. In Baneridge, there’s at least one person who is willing to kill to keep their secrets from being discovered.
And the bodies are starting to pile up...
What are your five favorite books, and why?
I like books that do something completely unexpected and all of my favourite books feature that.
"Good Omens" by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman - the authors approach the Biblical apocalypse in a hilarious way.
"Zealot" by Reza Aslan puts Jesus into historical context. He uses logic and his knowledge of history to develop an insightful look at the time and setting of Jesus' life.
"The Long Dark Teatime of the Soul" by Douglas Adams features the most unorthodox detective ever written - a fellow named Dirk Gently.
"God is Not Great" by Christopher Hitchens is a controversial yet incredibly detailed look at religions and religious figures in a whole new light.
"Night Watch" by Terry Pratchett. Actually, any and all of his City Watch books are excellent. Pratchett was an incredible writer and he is missed terribly.
Read more of this interview.

Books

The Hopeless Cases
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 72,630. Language: English. Published: October 27, 2023 . Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
Two people died in a fire, but was it murder? Detective Abby Lunay is on the case, while her friend Alyssa wants to avoid anything to do with it. But are they chasing a killer, or being manipulated by one? The Hopeless Cases: A mystery/comedy.
The Estate
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 72,750. Language: English. Published: June 10, 2022 . Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Adventure, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Supernatural
The haunted house isn’t really haunted, the scheming heirs aren’t really scheming, and the crooked lawyer isn’t really crooked. However, only one of those statements is true. Alyssa Bristol was hired to house-sit an estate home, but wasn't fully prepared to deal with the bickering heirs, the arrogant lawyer, and what may be a ghost in the house.
Through the Woods
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 25,400. Language: English. Published: January 15, 2022 . Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Autobiographies & Memoirs, Nonfiction » Biography » Personal memoir
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Set in the first half of the Twentieth Century, from 1907 to 1947, “Lost in the Woods” is the true story of an extraordinary woman living in extraordinary times. Dorothy Woods' young life was thrown into turmoil, but she was determined to find a place she could call home.
The Future Imperfect
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 73,310. Language: English. Published: March 19, 2020 . Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Spies & espionage
John Davis, a US Government asset with supernatural abilities, is violently abducted by a hostile foreign power. His three friends (and one determined US Marine) are trying to rescue John before his own government kills him to prevent him from falling into enemy hands. A story about friendship, freedom, and a pair of furry handcuffs.
The Baneridge Murders
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 78,410. Language: English. Published: September 19, 2018 . Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Supernatural
There are two rules in murder mysteries: 1. There must be a crime for the detective to solve. 2. There must be multiple suspects. You’ll notice there’s no rule stating the detective can’t be the victim. It’s now up to his two assistants to solve the case in a town that’s trying to drive them out.

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