Michael Daigle


A native of the Northeast U.S., I had a varied career until I entered the newspaper business, which led to a 35-year career in newspapers. I wrote my first novel at 22, and my second at 25, which was the first version of of "A Game Called Dead," now the second book on the Frank Nagler Mystery series.
The Frank Nagler Mysteries are 2014's "The Swamps of Jersey," and 2016's," "A Game Called Dead."
"Dead" was named a Runner-up in the 2016 Shelf Unbound Indie Book Contest.
The third Nagler story, "The Weight of Living," will be published in April 2017.
The Nagler stories are about the efforts of Detective Frank Nagler of Ironton, N.J. as he fights crime and his own lonely heart in an industrial city that has fallen on hard times.
The stories are atmospheric and character driven.
View samples at www.michaelstephendaigle.com/

Smashwords Interview

Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
In fifth grade at Cherry Street School in Phoenix, N.Y. we were assigned to write a piece of fiction. At the time I had an extensive collection of plastic model World War II airplanes. I read all the historic information the model makers provided and read books about the pilots and the planes. So I wrote a story about an air battle over the deserts of North Africa. I recall it as the messiest, largest air battle fought over North Africa, ever.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I don't exactly remember the first one, but I remember the impact of reading in junior high school every book I could on World War II pilots for the sense of adventure and bravery they displayed; and then later Shakespeare and Eugene O'Neill, which taught me character and complexity and setting. As an adult, when I read Kenneth Robert's "Arundel," I remember thinking, "That's how historical fiction is supposed to be written."
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Where to find Michael Daigle online


The Summer of the Homerun
Price: Free! Words: 6,200. Language: English. Published: March 24, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
Smitty is 13. It is the summer when he and his friends enter high school, the time when all the awkwardness of youth begins to shift and all those things that seemed simple are actually complicated. But Smitty is okay. He has his friends on his baseball team, and he and his sort-of girlfriend seem to want to hang out. But then the New Kid hits that homerun and everything changes.
The Resurrection of Leo and other stories
Price: Free! Words: 27,060. Language: English. Published: February 6, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
These are stories of hope, discovery and redemption, stories about how people step out of the muddle of their lives and begin again to move forward. It is easy to get stuck in one place, caught in the wake of an event. These characters find love, acceptance and self-awareness; some find peace.

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