Michael Sova

Biography

My first career aspiration was to become a college English professor. I did major in English Literature at the State University of New York at Oswego and graduated with honors. I then began my post graduate work at the State University of New York at Albany. What can I say? I sort of hated it which prompted a disconcerting period of reflection and re-evaluation, and I found myself at a personal crossroads. Next thing I knew, I was sitting behind the control board at a country radio station in Kinston, North Carolina. I didn’t know anything about the broadcasting business in general, radio in particular, and about my only prior exposure to country music was when Hank Williams, Jr. sang the theme song to Monday Night Football. The first time I ever spoke into the microphone, at around three in the morning thank goodness, it was to intro a Suzy Bogguss record but I called her Suzy Bogus because I honestly didn’t know any better. Here’s a little more honesty for you. It all sounded pretty bogus to me. I grew up on rock and roll. What did I know from steel guitars and fiddles? Nonetheless, several years later, I was working the mid-day air shift, carrying the titles of music director and promotions director, and bounding up the corporate ladder. That’s when everything changed again.

The Clint Eastwood classic, “Play Misty for Me,” surely overdramatized the danger, but my first rule of radio was to never meet any of the women that called in. I made one exception, and she turned out to be the love of my life. We’ve been married over two decades now. Along the way, we relocated to Upstate New York and had two wonderfully talented children. I traded in my microphone for a paperback copy of “Parenting for Dummies.” Here’s what I learned. Becoming a parent is far easier than it probably should be, but being a halfway decent one is an entirely different matter. I know because I spent years as a stay-at-home dad. I did my best for what that’s worth and hopefully left no lasting emotional scars. And, to preserve my own sanity, I started writing.

My first novel, a racing themed thriller titled “A Shot at Redemption,” took an embarrassingly long time to complete but was very well received. “Parlor City Paradise” came next. I then took a short break from suspense fiction, instead pouring my heart, soul, passion, long-standing Minnesota Vikings fandom, and the subsequent years of torment into “21 Sundays of Fantastic Football Food: Celebrating the Foods and Follies of Professional Football.” It’s not only filled with great tailgate-type recipes, but I can promise it’s one of the funniest cookbooks you’ll ever come across. My third novel, a thriller titled “Blind Switch,” was published in the summer of 2018. I believe it is my best work to date. It’s also semi-autobiographical in that the protagonist and I have something in common. We are both legally blind. Unlike her, however, I’ve never had a trained assassin after me. I would prefer to keep it that way if at all possible.

Smashwords Interview

Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
My first memory of reading was from a second grade text book called "Rewards.' As I recall, the book was a collection of short stories. My favorite classroom activity was reading aloud. Second grade was when my eyesight went from normal to what's known as "legally blind." All of a sudden, I could no longer read and I think that bothered me more than the eyesight problem itself.
What is your writing process?
I am very much a discovery writer or what's often called a "pantser." Although I have tried outlining, anything I've planned generally goes to hell as soon as I begin the actual writing. I realize the story needs to go somewhere other than where I'd originally intended. At that point, I'm pretty much just along for the ride. That writing style admittedly presents some problems but can be surprisingly, exciting and rewarding as well. ad
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Videos

Interview with thriller/suspense author Michael Sova
Michael Sova discusses why he began writing, a personal connection with the "Blind Switch" protagonist, the inspiration behind his "21 Sundays of Fantastic Football Food cookbook, and lots more.

Books

Candy Canes: A Story of Joy, Revenge, and Christmas
You set the price! Words: 12,750. Language: English. Published: November 9, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Holiday » Christmas, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
For Joy, things couldn’t have been going much better. She was already living her dream as the lead guitarist in a rock and roll band when a mysterious, twinkle-eyed, rosy-cheeked stranger came along and swept her off her feet. She believed she’d found her one true love, and that’s when she suddenly ran afoul of some small yet surprisingly fierce and overzealous adversaries.
Blind Switch
Price: $6.49 USD. Words: 148,660. Language: English. Published: July 26, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
Imagine the terror of being pursued by someone you know you’ll never see coming. Author of "A Shot at Redemption" and "Parlor City Paradise," Michael Sova returns with his most intriguing, most suspenseful, and most surprising work to date. From the Caribbean to the Big Apple and back again, "Blind Switch" is a triumph of non-stop action in which very little is as it first appears.
21 Sundays of Fantastic Football Food: Celebrating the Foods and Follies of Professional Football
Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 43,440. Language: American English. Published: January 23, 2018. Categories: Nonfiction » Cooking, Food, Wine, Spirits » American / General, Nonfiction » Sports & outdoor recreation » Football & rugby
Professional football players, coaches, owners, general managers and officials have, over the years, done some truly remarkable things. Author, foodie and professed football fanatic Michael Sova takes a look back at some of their more memorable, entertaining and often comical exploits. He serves up some pretty amazing grub too: perfect for any tailgate party, game day gathering, or lazy Sunday in
Parlor City Paradise
Price: $5.49 USD. Words: 154,300. Language: English. Published: June 3, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
Reminiscent of the widely popular Carl Hiaasen novels,Parlor City Paradise takes seedycharacters and even seedier situations and gives them a clever, often humorousand always entertaining twist.
A Shot at Redemption
Price: $5.49 USD. Words: 172,060. Language: English. Published: April 18, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
"A Shot at Redemption" is a fast-paced thriller full of intrigue, suspense and high octane action.