A native of New Jersey, Mike earned degrees in English and Art History, which made him an invaluable resource for this project.
While doing research for the novel he read books by Darci Ribeiro, Reinaldo Prandi, and others that provided information and enlightenment.
When did you become interested in Afro-Brazilian religion?
When Aliana asked me to assist her with her website and then to co-write this book with her. It fascinated me how people in Brazil have such an intimate relationship with the Orishas (Gods) of the African pantheon.
How was it to write a book in partnership with another author?
It was a wonderful experience. We constantly exchanged ideas and the outcome is what you see today. Usually, authors write books alone, but I would highly recommend co-authorship. It's a richer, more rewarding experience.
What if the forces of evil could be bought and sold at a spirit market? “Calling From The Sea” is a novel of supernatural suspense set in the sophisticated world of fine arts and high fashion photography. Wonderful dramas unfold within the temples of Afro-Brazilian worship. Horrifying rituals take place among the tombstones of darkened cemeteries. By Aliana Zenon and M.P. Lombritto.