Michael Schwaba


I was born in Chicago on a sunny day in September, one month premature according to my mother. I emerged in the dark wee hours of the morning and four days later I was welcomed into an Irish/Polish Catholic family. I must have slept through it; I don’t remember much of it. I was the fourth child, and in time there would be four more, years before I left home and hometown to go out in the world on my own.

My two earliest memories are: 1) lying on the floor, looking at an enormous pair of feet in front of me, and 2) Piano playing. My parents played; my mother’s parents played; my aunts and uncles played. I cannot recall many days when someone wasn’t playing the piano in our house. So, having a love of piano music, I eventually sat down one day and learned to play…the guitar.

I loved reading at an early age. It stimulated my imagination, and this inspired me to write.

Writing gives me purpose in life. It’s like looking in a mirror. “Oh! There you are! Thought I’d lost you…”

I love writing as much as I love reading. I love the excitement of "watching" the characters and feeling the flow of words when I am in the "zone." I love the tired ecstasy of reading something finished, and knowing that it is better written than my last piece. I have even (sometimes) come to love writing myself into a corner, when I don't know where else to go, which I do much more frequently than I used to, only now it is not as crippling as it used to be, though it is still as exasperating. I have proved to myself over time that some of my best writing is to be found in those corners if I will simply do one thing when I don't feel like writing. And that is write.


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Thunderwalker - Book 3 - The Egression
You set the price! Words: 66,810. Language: English. Published: February 15, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Ghost
Luis Palmer is now compelled to return to the Arizona desert, to seek once again the strange portal through which he may enter the sorcerer's lair, to confront Thunderwalker himself face to face, so that he may return a sacred crystal back where it belongs. But can he do it without losing his life?
Thunderwalker - Book II - The Chrysalis
Price: Free! Words: 118,330. Language: English. Published: April 19, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary, Fiction » Horror » Ghost
Annie J Weston, free from the lair of Thunderwalker, now travels in Colorado possessed by an amnesia and a baleful power, an echo from her days in the Arizona desert, an echo from her days with the sorcerer Thunderwalker.
Thunderwalker: The Place Between Worlds
Price: Free! Words: 122,650. Language: English. Published: November 24, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » General
Dr. Annie Weston, a young ambitious anthropologist, journeys to Arizona in 1950 seeking a mysterious shaman named Thunderwalker. Becoming lost in a strange world, she eventually finds Thunderwalker, and suspects he is not a reclusive shaman, but a powerful sorcerer. Is he a friend...or foe?
The Unsettled
Price: $4.95 USD. Words: 228,600. Language: English. Published: January 4, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Horror, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
Immortality has a price. You only have to die... * After the accidental death of their young daughter at the hands of a neighbor, a small-town couple confronts immortals and personal demons while facing up to their deteriorating marriage.

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  • Beautiful Dead Bella - A Lana Cloud Murder Mystery on Jan. 30, 2011

    Lana Cloud is a precocious, attractive, and deductive teenager who can't seem to keep her mind off of crime - crime-solving, that is. Assisted by her comical sidekick Clancy Adams, the pair sets out to discover who killed beautiful Bella, who, as the title suggests, is not only beautiful, but, obviously, quite dead. I won't divulge any more of the plot than this, for that is part of the fun ride throughout. The relationship between the two teen sleuths is very tongue-in-cheek, filled with a little angst (mostly on Clancy's part) and plenty of pithy comments about young relationships, "adult" content from a teen's point of view, and even some food recipes that did make my mouth water while I was reading. Indeed, the relationship of Lana and Clancy seems to be at the heart of the book as much as the mystery of Beautiful Dead Bella and its ultimate solution. If you've ever read and enjoyed Nancy Drew (and her many successors), in book or film, you will enjoy Margaux Sky's "Lana Cloud", the newest teen detective to grace the pages of mystery fiction.