Mike Crowl


Mike Crowl has published articles, a weekly newspaper column, blog posts, and short stories. He is also as a composer of songs and piano pieces, and has taken part in several theatrical productions in the 21st century.

His first book - Grimhilda! - was based on the musical of the same name that he and Cherianne Parks wrote and presented in 2012. It was published as an e-book early in 2014. Later that year it was followed by a 'sort of sequel': The Mumbersons and the Blood Secret.

Between these two books for children he produced Diary of a Prostate Wimp, a non-fiction title. It's based on Crowl's experiences of having a prostate operation, with its attendant joys and woes, and has encouraged a number of men facing similar issues.

Mike's third children's book, The Disenchanted Wizard, was published in February 2017.

Crowl has been happily married for over forty years, has five grown-up children and twelve grandchildren. Though born in Melbourne, Australia, he has lived most of his life in Dunedin, New Zealand.

Smashwords Interview

What's the story behind your latest book?
If you mean how did it get off the ground, then it started with the idea that I would explain how Mr and Mrs Map, who feature strongly in my first children's fantasy, Grimhilda!, came to be joined together on either end of a map. I wrote a speedy first draft and discovered that that wasn't the story at all. Nor was the intended hero the main character. Instead, his cousin, Della, who plays football, and is known as 'Della the Speller' at school, became the focus of things.
The story had a nasty villain nicknamed The Dog, and he's remained the villain ever since, though his reasons for what he does have changed considerably. In fact almost all of the book has changed considerably! There is still a map in the story, but it's not the one that joined Mr and Mrs Map, and it behaves in quite a different way altogether.
It's proved the toughest of the three children's fantasies to write, and only this last month I had to toss out the second half of it and start again. Curiously enough, after that, an idea I had in the very first draft for a big finale to the story and which had been rejected found itself back in the new version again.
It's been what seems to me to be a long process of working hard to find the real essentials of the story. I'm expecting that by the time it really is finished, it will be a much better story than I started out with.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The fact that I wake up! Plus, being retired, all I have to do is put on my dressing gown and slippers and go into the other room and boot up the computer. I start the day with writing notes about my relationship with Jesus, and my studying of the Bible, plus keeping a diary of what's happened recently. After some chores, I'll get on and work on writing.
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Where to find Mike Crowl online


The Disenchanted Wizard
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 36,700. Language: English. Published: March 10, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Action & Adventure / Survival Stories, Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
If only Della hadn't looked at her cousin's new map. If only her father hadn't panicked. If only she'd been able to play soccer in front of her idol, Xanadu Whitworth. Instead, Della is thrust into a different world, and finds herself having to rescue her father, her cousin, and the curious Mr Crinch, and having to stop the vengeful wizard, Hoyle, before he brings disaster to her family, and city.
The Mumbersons and The Blood Secret
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 34,860. Language: English. Published: November 7, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Family / Parents, Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
When a barber cuts Billy Mumberson’s ear instead of his hair, 11-year-old Billy discovers that this was no accident. His blood holds a dark secret, and he has enemies who want to use his blood for their own greedy ends. With his impulsive friend, Olivia, Billy sets out to discover the extent of his enemies’ plan. But Billy and Olivia find themselves ˗ and Billy’s family ˗ in more danger than ever.
Diary of a Prostate Wimp: the Aftermath of Having a Prostate Biopsy
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 43,950. Language: English. Published: April 30, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Health, wellbeing, & medicine » Sexual health, Nonfiction » Health, wellbeing, & medicine » Cancer
Mike Crowl charts his sometimes painful, sometimes absurd, journey from a prostate biopsy to a TURP operation with humour and practical detail.
Grimhilda! - a Fantasy For Children and Their Parents
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 30,780. Language: English. Published: April 18, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Family / Parents, Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
Toby's parents are always too busy to pay much attention to him. When they're kidnapped by Grimhilda, a woman posing as Toby's babysitter, Toby has to set out in the night to rescue his parents, accompanied by a rag doll called Polly, and a talking map. With fear, exhilaration, despair and bravery he eventually makes it to the place where the parents are being held; but the danger isn't yet over..

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