Michael LaRocca


Michael LaRocca was included in the 1982 Who's Who in American Writing before vanishing from the literary scene for 20 years. His published works include a short story anthology, nine novels, and seven nonfiction works.

Michael lived in China for six years, Thailand for five years, and Vietnam for one year before returning to North Carolina. He's a reading junkie, a bicycle nut, an avid hiker, and an NFL addict. His wife is from Australia and their 16-year-old world-travelling Calico cat is from Hong Kong. He says, "I bring home the best souvenirs."

Michael has been a medical lecturer, an English teacher, a technical editor, a purchasing manager, a computer programmer, a repo man, an unarmed security guard with a bad attitude, a dishwasher, a busboy, a military electronics specialist, a house cleaner, a gas pumper, a car washer, and a pet sitter. He's also been paid to masturbate hogs, but he made sure nobody took photos.

He can be reached at http://www.MichaelEdits.com

Smashwords Interview

What is your writing process?
If an idea doesn't move me enough for me to spend a year with it, it's not worth writing about.

I start with characters and conflict, and finally a first chapter. That probably takes as long as writing the rest of the book. My characters tell me what they're going to do, and I'm sorry if that sounds weird.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I lived in China for six years, Thailand for five, and Vietnam for one. When I got home in 2011, I raided the local library like a beast. Once I finally exhausted that resource, I bought a Kindle. I love it.
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Where to find Michael LaRocca online

Where to buy in print


Make Money Editing From Home
Price: $4.95 USD. Words: 6,250. Language: English. Published: October 1, 2010. Categories: Nonfiction » Reference » Writing skills
Make money editing and proofreading from home, full or part time. Honest, legitimate, reputable work for anyone who's literate and willing to work.
Skull Dance
Price: $4.95 USD. Words: 83,530. Language: English. Published: July 4, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
A terrorist with a little technical know-how and twenty pounds of smuggled plutonium could make a bomb powerful enough to destroy a city. That's what we should be worried about.
How Red Is My Neck?
Price: $4.95 USD. Words: 48,600. Language: English. Published: July 1, 2010. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Autobiographies & Memoirs
Can a serious author venture into humorous writing without destroying the last few shreds of his credibility? Let's find out! Dog stories, cat stories, redneck stories, horse stories, the infamous hog stories, and of course stories about China.
About Writing
You set the price! Words: 12,580. Language: English. Published: July 1, 2010. Categories: Nonfiction » Reference » Writing skills
Everything I've learned over the past 30 years about improving your writing, publishing it, and promoting it after the sale. Since the first 20 of those years involved collecting hundreds of rejection letters, we can hope I've learned a lot. Never pay to be published!
The Chronicles of a Lost Soul
Price: $4.95 USD. Words: 48,700. Language: English. Published: June 29, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author
(5.00 from 1 review)
A collection of short stories that mix humor, horror, and American existentialism. Over thirty years to write it, but you can throw it away in a matter of minutes.

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Latest book: Eddy the elephant seal. Published February 3, 2011.