Mick Bennett

Biography

I was born December 14, 1952. My father and mother moved from 13th Ave to 22 Inlet Terrace soon afterward. Dad grew up on Inlet Terrace. He was Captain of the Asbury Park H.S. state championship football team of 1931. Mom also attended A.P.H.S. We belonged to the First Presbyterian Church on 9th Ave. Locally, I attended Belmar Elementary and Manasquan H.S.

Always a late bloomer, I was sent to Blair Academy for what was euphemistically called a post-graduate or PG year. At Blair I fell in love with writing.

From there I attended Gettysburg College, and after graduation in 1975, found a job at a high school 15 miles from Gettysburg where I taught English and coached basketball.

After 33 years, one master’s degree, many great memories, and thousands of lousy essays, I retired from teaching in 2010.

My wife Kathleen and I have been married for 31 years. We have two children, Nathan, 26, and Erin, 20.
Over those years I had a half dozen short stories published in literary and university magazines, but longer narrative fiction remained my ambition.

“Missing You in Belmar,NJ” is my first published novel. First of a trilogy, the second and third books will also be published by Unsolicited Press in 2015.

Where to find Mick Bennett online

Twitter: @michaelbennet29
Facebook: Facebook profile

Where to buy in print


Books

The Belmar Series Complete Collection
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 179,800. Language: English. Published: February 1, 2016 by Unsolicited Press. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
Meet Jimmy Hanlon. It’s summer, 1987. Image is everything in his Jersey Shore hometown. Jimmy hasn’t kept up. An overweight grandfather in his late forties, he’s lost a cancerous larynx, and on top of that, A.I.D.S. has spiked fears of anyone with a questionable sexual history. In a search for companionship, he encounters a blur of bars, prejudice, familial and romantic love, misogamy, and lies.
Summer Mirrors
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 60,670. Language: English. Published: September 28, 2015 by Unsolicited Press. Categories: Fiction » Coming of age
The Missing You in Belmar, NJ trilogy concludes with Summer Mirrors. Change dominates the five main characters and brings their orbits ever closer to their common sun—resilience. As Labor Day approaches, Jimmy strives for mended familial relationships and respect.
Boardwalk Man
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 59,700. Language: English. Published: August 27, 2015 by Unsolicited Press. Categories: Fiction » Coming of age
In the trilogy’s second novel, Jimmy travels a harsh road back from Key West to Belmar. Old suspicions are confirmed, party bars turn ugly, and a bizarre tragedy marks the summer’s turning point. Ronny, June’s companion, becomes July’s antagonist. As Jimmy tries to accommodate Alice, and despite old and new heartaches, he attains his dream job, finds touching rapport with a surrogate daughter, and
Missing You in Belmar, NJ
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 63,410. Language: English. Published: August 14, 2015 by Unsolicited Press. Categories: Fiction » Coming of age
Meet Jimmy Hanlon. It’s summer, 1987. Jimmy’s a closeted bisexual in his late forties, nine months removed from a laryngectomy, and in this first part of a trilogy, he’s anxious to find a new identity in his Jersey Shore hometown. He hitches his hopes to a 33 year old lifeguard. The two cruise into summer with an assortment of boardwalk denizens and bar hounds.

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