Mike Bozart

Biography

Mike Bozart was born in the tidewater area of Virginia (US Navy kid) on a hot afternoon in 1964. He attended a mix of public and Catholic grade schools. After graduating with an Earth Science degree from UNC-Charlotte in 1986, he started doing safety technical writing.

Former residences in North Carolina include Raleigh, Greensboro, Wilmington, Carolina Beach, Etowah and Asheville. Charlotte is his current residence. He has also lived in downtown San Francisco (early '90s).

Mike has written numerous surreal poem-stories and over a dozen 1500-word quasi-real short stories under the psecret psociety heading. Gold, his first novel, was rough-drafted in just 27 days during a seven-week period (May 23 – July 11, 2013).

Mike's first novella was To Morrow Tomorrow (2014); his second was Mysterieau of San Francisco (2015).

Mike does artwork under the nom de brosse of m. van tryke.

The author is happily remarried (Sharon) with a son (Kirk).

Smashwords Interview

What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The morning bike ride. I am an avid single-speed cyclist. I seem to get the best ideas when riding my bike. It's as much a neural exercise as a physical one.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I seem to stumble upon them on the internet. Were they magically placed there? Ha-ha.
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Where to find Mike Bozart online

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Books

That Day in '73
Price: Free! Words: 1,780. Language: English. Published: May 22, 2020. Categories: Fiction » Visionary & metaphysical, Fiction » Women's fiction » General
In 2013 at a small northern California restaurant, a Caucasian man and an Asian woman recall a long-ago hiking adventure on the Lost Coast. Thoughts of 'what might have been?' pervade. Will they pick up where they left off? Will the long-lost object be found? Word count: 1771 (original manuscript). Rating: PG-13 (marijuana usage briefly mentioned).
King Range Blues
Price: Free! Words: 2,560. Language: English. Published: May 11, 2020. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Men’s adventure, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
A fairly ordinary fellow goes for a psychoactive hike on a spring day in the mid-1960s in the Lost Coast area of northern California. Soon his mind is very alive. But tragedy is always lurking a few steps behind. Is it inescapable? Rating: PG-13. Word count: 2552 (original manuscript).
Black Sand, White Surf
Price: Free! Words: 2,670. Language: English. Published: April 27, 2020. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller, Fiction » African American fiction » Historical
It is 1955 on The Lost Coast of northern California. A young female African American jazz singer is on a first weekend-alone date with a male Caucasian American piano player. The fog rolls in. Their discussion heats up. But then their euphoric moment is shattered. Is some crazed racist out to kill them? Word count: 2662 (original Word doc) Rating: PG-13.
Bug on a Leaf
Price: Free! Words: 1,550. Language: English. Published: April 13, 2020. Categories: Fiction » Coming of age, Fiction » Alternative history
An autistic boy composes a bizarre poem near the northern California coast in 1947. 1551 words (original manuscript). Rated G (ok for all ages).
Whale Gulch
Price: Free! Words: 1,730. Language: English. Published: March 24, 2020. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller, Fiction » Adventure » Sea adventures
Near the close of the Roaring '20s, a boat loses power and drifts ashore in northern California. The ominous autumn sky darkens. The woman fears the worst. Her boyfriend is frantic. Then a surprise appearance increases the suspense. Approx. 1700 words. Rated G (ok for all ages).
That Rock
Price: Free! Words: 2,040. Language: English. Published: March 12, 2020. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller, Fiction » Themes & motifs » Psychological
(4.00 from 1 review)
A young woman is being chased through the coastal redwoods of northern California in 1919. She begins looking for a place to hide from the sadistic maniac. Will she survive? Approx. 2K words. Ok for all ages.
It was a Leap Day
Price: Free! Words: 1,330. Language: English. Published: February 26, 2020. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Western & American frontier, Fiction » Historical » USA
It is Leap Day 1896 on the Lost Coast of northern California. Times are hard. Things go from bad to worse to 'holy cow!' for Miles. Twice. Approx. 1300 words. Rating: G (ok for all ages).
Lost Time in Rockport
Price: Free! Words: 1,610. Language: English. Published: February 14, 2020. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Western & American frontier
In the last half of the 19th century on a secluded section of the northern California coast, a brooding Chinese immigrant must make a life-changing decision. Approx. 1600 words. Ok for ages 13 and up.
Just Another January Day
Price: Free! Words: 1,450. Language: English. Published: January 30, 2020. Categories: Fiction » Cultural & ethnic themes » Asian American
A middle-aged North Korean woman recounts the horrors of her life in W┼Ćnsan and northern China. Approx. 1400 words. Ok for all ages.
The Mathematician
Price: Free! Words: 2,630. Language: English. Published: January 17, 2020. Categories: Fiction » Visionary & metaphysical, Fiction » Biographical
The author visits an interesting 'numbers man' on a December afternoon in Charlotte after a car crash. The conversation branches out and curls back. Kat Da'dy presages the affair. Dwight Clark's famous NFL catch gets caught in the word salad. Approx. 2600 words. Ok for all ages.
Psecret Psociety Pshort Pstories, vol. 4
Price: Free! Words: 71,040. Language: English. Published: January 2, 2020. Categories: Fiction » Visionary & metaphysical, Fiction » Biographical
Thirty-six thought-filled short stories from 2018 and 2019. [70K words]
Fallon Park
Price: Free! Words: 1,930. Language: English. Published: December 6, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Coming of age, Fiction » Biographical
The author recalls a winter walk with his dad and younger brother a half century ago in Raleigh, NC. They stumble upon some unlikely ruins. Thoughts of the future abound, and rebound. Length: 1919 words. Rating: G (ok for all ages).
Powerball - Soccerball
Price: Free! Words: 1,330. Language: English. Published: November 15, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Sports, Fiction » Mashups
A virtual soccer/football game (which could be used in a betting pool) is devised by a seldom-heard-from psecret psociety agent. The lottery-numbers-based procedure is outlined meticulously. The scoring averages are very realistic. Zack sure had some time on his hands. Approx. 1300 words. Rating: G (ok for all ages).
The Bump
Price: Free! Words: 1,330. Language: English. Published: October 24, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Themes & motifs » Psychological, Fiction » Visionary & metaphysical
On a nice fall day in north-central Missouri, a concrete finisher discovers a most-intriguing object in the mix. Whose is it? What are the ramifications? And the odds? Approx. 1300 words. Rating: G (ok for all ages).
Hanako of Hokkaido
Price: Free! Words: 2,450. Language: English. Published: October 11, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Visionary & metaphysical, Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
On a snowy evening in Sapporo, a young Asian lady wonders how to send her candid message to a person/robot in the 25th century. Her mind is a mile-a-minute. Suddenly she realizes that she may have been under surveillance. Length: 2442 words. Probable Rating (if a movie): PG-13.
De Panne
Price: Free! Words: 1,230. Language: English. Published: September 26, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Themes & motifs » Psychological, Fiction » Visionary & metaphysical
A Flemish father returns to the exact place where a horrible tragedy occurred years ago, seeking clues. The memory of the fateful day is still quite acute. Hopes for resolution sink into dissolution. Approx. 1200 words. This wandering lament is ok for all ages.
The Psecret Psociety VAFL
Price: Free! Words: 1,700. Language: English. Published: September 5, 2019. Categories: Nonfiction » Entertainment » Games, puzzles, & brain twisters, Nonfiction » Sports & outdoor recreation » Football & rugby
Just as the NFL begins their 100th season, the fine-feathered folks at Psecret Psociety unleash a VAFL - a Virtual American Football League. It's based on random numbers, but the scoring is right on NFL averages. So, if fantasy football has gotten kinda boring, and you want to be in control of your jackpot/payout, give this one an inside hand-off. Length: 1700 words. Rated G (ok for all ages).
Just a Janitor in Jakarta
Price: Free! Words: 2,250. Language: English. Published: August 19, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Visionary & metaphysical, Fiction » Women's fiction » General
A young office cleaner in Indonesia feels that her prospects for a decent future are veritably bleak after a freak accident in the family. Then one day there is an apparition. Is it a harbinger? Approx. 2200 words. Probable rating if a movie: PG-13.
Surfinland
Price: Free! Words: 2,560. Language: English. Published: July 26, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller, Fiction » Transgressional fiction
(5.00 from 1 review)
A first date occurs in a most-unusual bar in east Charlotte. Then there's a vanishing act. Where did she go? Approx. 2500 words. Probable rating: PG-13.
The Alphabet Man
Price: Free! Words: 1,820. Language: English. Published: June 20, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller, Fiction » Themes & motifs » Psychological
A middle-aged Caucasian American man invents a new English alphabet. However in its creation, a mobster gets fooled in Rochester, NY. Now living six states away in North Dakota, Bill must be cautious. His Latin American cohort suddenly has a lot of questions. He misses a few easy combinations. When the envelope hits the floor with the final letter, it's sink or swim time in Bismarck. Approx. 1800
The Correspondence
Price: Free! Words: 1,520. Language: English. Published: May 22, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Short stories, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories
A pinay in her mid-20s, who is seeking a foreigner for marriage, and a 27-year-old American exchange letters back in 1989. All seems to be going fine. They will finally meet each other in the Philippines. But then something mysterious happens - something unknown for many years. Approx. 1500 words. OK for all ages.
The Fan
Price: Free! Words: 1,140. Language: English. Published: April 9, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Drama, Fiction » Coming of age
Set in Laos in 2015. A teenage boy with a hyper-wondering mind becomes entranced by an old electric fan. But, just before the fan answers his many questions ... Approx. 1100 words. Ok for all ages.
Farallon
Price: Free! Words: 6,080. Language: English. Published: March 19, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Men’s adventure, Fiction » Adventure » Men’s adventure
In 2017 on the central California coast, a proprietary, just-developed prototype, first-of-its-kind quantum computing chip is stolen. A nautical chase ensues. And then an unforeseen calamity. Suspicions emerge and take hold. A lone man is stranded. Will he survive until sunrise? If so, he'll be rich beyond his wildest dreams. Here comes a boat ... Approx. 6K words. Rating: PG-13 (foul language)
Nantahala
Price: Free! Words: 3,140. Language: English. Published: February 21, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Visionary & metaphysical, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Family
(3.00 from 1 review)
A divorced father takes his teenage son and daughter up to a remote cabin in the Smoky Mountains of North Carolina, where he wants to tell them something very important about his - and their - future. But a present moment intervenes, and everything forever changes. Approx. 3100 words. If stretched into a movie, the rating would most likely be PG-13, maybe G.
The Postcard
Price: Free! Words: 1,820. Language: English. Published: February 6, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Sports, Fiction » Historical » USA
Two longtime, though forever competitive, 50-something American friends meet for a weekend of golf in Roaring Gap, NC (in the Blue Ridge Mountains). The weather is perfect. What could ever go wrong? And, what was on the back of that World War 2 postcard? Approx. 1,800 words. Rating: Ok for 13 and up.
Two Dreams and One Call
Price: Free! Words: 1,620. Language: English. Published: January 14, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Biographical, Fiction » Fantasy » Dark
The amazing one in the Big Apple, Al Nino, calls the pain-ridden, lowly author on New Year's Eve (2018), and launches a zinger-filled inquisition in reference to two bizarre dreams. Are they linked? To whom or what? Approx. 1600 words. Rated PG-13.
The Boxcars Line
Price: Free! Words: 1,730. Language: English. Published: December 17, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Themes & motifs » Psychological, Fiction » Mashups
(5.00 from 1 review)
A widower in Charlotte (NC, USA) comes up with an unusual 'wall art project' that involves a game of chance, which he shares with an old friend over lunch. Will he live to see the 'golden goal' scored? Approx. 1700 words. Rating: PG-13
Peripheral
Price: Free! Words: 1,810. Language: English. Published: November 28, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Coming of age, Fiction » Women's fiction » Chick lit
(5.00 from 1 review)
A young Filipina on a small island has oddly spaced eyes. She is made fun of. But then one day the tables turn in her favor. Rating: G (ok for all ages). Approx. 1800 words.
The Trout
Price: Free! Words: 1,320. Language: English. Published: November 8, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Biographical, Fiction » Themes & motifs » Psychological
(3.00 from 1 review)
The author has a random conversation with a school teacher from Michigan at a craft-beer bar/store in downtown Morganton (NC, USA) on an autumn afternoon. The answer to the final question was hiding behind a submerged granite boulder. Autobiographical. The dialogue is almost verbatim. Rating: PG-13 (an instance of foul language). Approx. 1300 words.
The Fraudster
Price: Free! Words: 1,620. Language: English. Published: October 26, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Themes & motifs » Psychological, Fiction » Themes & motifs » Crime
A fired-for-unscrupulous-behavior bank employee decides to start a church in Atlanta. Money soon rolls in. Life is good. What could possibly go wrong? Approx. 1600 words. Probable rating: PG-13 (some foul language).
The Soldier
Price: Free! Words: 1,920. Language: English. Published: October 12, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » War & military adventure, Fiction » Visionary & metaphysical
Two young soldiers - an American specialist and a Romanian guard - are assigned an environmental task in southeastern Afghanistan in 2009. The area is very dangerous; Taliban attacks have recently occurred. Who will be 'the soldier'? Approx. 1900 words. Probable rating: PG-13 (13 and older). Loosely based on something a U.S. Army vet relayed to the author.
Taken Away
Price: Free! Words: 1,030. Language: English. Published: October 4, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Visionary & metaphysical, Fiction » Mashups
An older couple's conversation while in a Munising, Michigan restaurant. A recent accidental death and a store robbery are discussed. The man begins to feel his sanity is being 'taken away'. Approx. 1K words. Rating: PG-13 (an instance of foul language, a passing drug reference).
I-40, Wire to Wire
Price: Free! Words: 7,090. Language: English. Published: September 25, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller, Fiction » Transgressional fiction
A high-end burglary outfit finds out where a long-lost, multi-million-dollar Faberge' egg is being housed. Once the imperial egg is seized, it must go all the way from the Atlantic coast of North Carolina to the Mojave Desert in southern California. An eccentric waitress is encountered along the way, and puts an insidious monkey wrench into one 30-something male's best-laid plan. Film-noir-esque.
While Waiting for the Trolley
Price: Free! Words: 1,520. Language: English. Published: September 19, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Biographical, Fiction » Themes & motifs » Media tie-in
The author recounts a candid conversation with a Philadelphia Eagles fan in uptown Charlotte, while waiting for a streetcar to arrive on a muggy Friday morning. Some unexpected revelations. From ho-hum ordinary to hysterically absurd. 1500 words PG-13-rated. (language)
Tales from the Virginias - an octet of short stories
Price: Free! Words: 20,370. Language: English. Published: August 16, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Biographical, Fiction » Adventure » Travel
8 short stories that take place in southwestern Virginia and southern West Virginia are gathered: 1. Galax_ Galaxy (thought interception) 2. Charlie West (Charleston, WV) 3. Fries or Freeze (a quick sketch by an old New River dam) 4. Gallivanting in Galax (encore) 5. The Race (New River Trail) 6. The Cipher (Wytheville, Bland) 7. A Blue Whale of a Tale (Bluefield) 8. Bridge Day (Fayetteville, WV)
Bridge Day
Price: Free! Words: 2,830. Language: English. Published: August 15, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller, Fiction » Romance » Suspense
A late-twenty-something, still-getting-to-know-each-other, content Asian American couple goes to the Bridge Day festival in Fayetteville, West Virginia in October of 2006. All seems to be going well on the autumn-splendor drive up I-77 from Charlotte. But then a veteran BASE jumper has a severe mishap. The mood of the day changes. Suspicions creep in. Sometimes the past is vengeful ... and crazed.
A Blue Whale of a Tale
Price: Free! Words: 2,030. Language: English. Published: August 1, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Transgressional fiction, Fiction » Themes & motifs » Psychological
A senior salesman tries to make one last sale at a soon-to-open bar in Bluefield, West Virginia. Before demonstrating his rapid-refrigeration device, he has a meandering, sexually allusive, past-recalling chat with the female bartender-to-be. When another male arrives, a tragic mistake occurs. If this short story somehow became an American movie, it would most likely be rated PG-13. 2K words.
Poodle Park
Price: Free! Words: 1,220. Language: English. Published: July 19, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Biographical, Fiction » Humor & comedy » Satire
A quite hilarious at times (and ridiculously insincere throughout), paragon of first-word issues, lunchtime conversation in a high-end Charlotte restaurant is overheard and transcribed. The subjects' most likely thoughts are generously sprinkled into the verbal salad. If this little slice-of-life vignette were expanded (for some odd reason) into an American movie, it would most likely be rated G.
North Coast Tales - a dectet of short stories
Price: Free! Words: 25,670. Language: English. Published: July 5, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Women's Erotica, Fiction » Visionary & metaphysical
The 10 psecret psociety pshort pstories that take place along California's North Coast are bundled into an e-file for a convenient download. If traveling to, curious about, or living in Eureka, Arcata, McKinleyville or vicinity, this volume may appeal to you. All of the stories are chock-full of thoughts, some are semi-surreal in stretches, most have some suspense; one is quite erotic (x-rated).
The Clerk
Price: Free! Words: 1,510. Language: English. Published: June 28, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Biographical, Fiction » Themes & motifs » Psychological
(4.00 from 1 review)
A 20-something Asian American clerk at a Charlotte (NC, USA) convenience store is up to something more than just sales of fuel and overpriced sundries. Approx. 1500 words. If this little slice-of-life vignette were expanded into an American movie, it would be rated G (ok for all ages).
Facebook Types, A to Z
Price: Free! Words: 2,560. Language: English. Published: June 20, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Mashups, Fiction » Humor & comedy » Satire
(4.50 from 2 reviews)
Are there really 26 types of Facebook users? Is that the exact number of categorizable personalities on the currently-very-popular social-media site? Maybe. But, probably not. Though, one for each letter of the alphabet sure is convenient. The author even skewers himself in several of these categories. Are you listed? If so, no offence is intended. Approx. 2500 words.
Lost in Lost Cove
Price: Free! Words: 11,130. Language: English. Published: June 12, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » General, Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction
Three 20-something friends (two males and a female) decide to go for a spring hike in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina to check out some scenic waterfalls and get some 'clarity'. All is going just as planned until a dark creature is spotted on the trail. Will everyone be found alive and well by sunset? Approx. 11K words. If this novelette were a movie, it would probably be rated PG-13
The Pebble, the Sword, the Bullet
Price: Free! Words: 1,340. Language: English. Published: May 16, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Transgressional fiction, Fiction » Adventure » Men’s adventure
Two Caucasian dudes of different ages and backgrounds become pals at an art gallery in Charlotte (NC, USA) around 1995. They enjoy the high-grade smoke. But then, there is a falling out of sorts, and a most violent end to their friendship. Based on a real-life series of events. (Some dates and proper nouns have been changed/altered so as to not reveal the actual parties involved.) 1331 words.
To Morrow Tomorrow, edition 3-C
Price: Free! Words: 24,890. Language: English. Published: May 14, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Biographical, Fiction » Coming of age
On a majestic March day in 1983, the author and the late Frank von Peck - while under the influence of a strange psychoactive elixir - traipse around Morrow Mountain State Park (NC), eventually finding - by forked chance - a magical green pond in the middle of knowhere. [sic] Soon their thoughts and spoken words send them and everyone they encounter on an epic adventure. Revisited 30 years later.
The Hermit
Price: Free! Words: 1,230. Language: English. Published: May 10, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » General, Fiction » Themes & motifs » Psychological
A unique female from the greater Philadelphia area finds her perfect secluded spot in the dense woods of rural North Carolina. All is going to be perfect for her long-desired, solitary, stress-free, creative lifestyle. But then one spring morning ... Approx. 1200 words. If this little vignette were expanded into an American movie, it would most likely be rated G (ok for all).
The Busboy
Price: Free! Words: 1,140. Language: English. Published: May 3, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Biographical, Fiction » Sports
A largely autobiographical tale about the author's experience at a Charlotte (NC, USA) bar for the Liverpool - AS Roma semifinal Champions League match (first leg) on April 24, 2018. A certain busboy, possibly from Egypt, is in the throes of mental anguish from an unresponsive love interest. When the clock winds out, he gets a bold reply and some sage advice from a scouser. Approx. 1100 words.
Estorya sa Panganod
Price: Free! Words: 1,020. Language: English. Published: April 23, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Visionary & metaphysical, Fiction » Themes & motifs » Psychological
This thousand-word short story is in English. Estorya sa Panganod means 'story in the clouds' or 'cloud story' in Cebuano (a popular dialect in the Philippines), the native language of the author's wife. Scenes from the Battle of Marengo (1800 in northern Italy) flash by on a stormy spring day in eastern North America. The commentary goes from surreal to caustic.
The Cipher
Price: Free! Words: 1,270. Language: English. Published: March 23, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller, Fiction » Themes & motifs » Psychological
A middle-aged man, a home inspector, stumbles upon a short cipher in southwestern Virginia (USA). As he tries to solve it, the weather conditions worsen. Then there is a medical emergency. Later that evening, the Cherokee barista wonders if it was too much. Approx. 1200 words. If this little vignette were expanded into an American movie, it would be rated G (ok for all ages).
The Cell Tower
Price: Free! Words: 1,140. Language: English. Published: March 6, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Themes & motifs » Psychological, Fiction » Alternative history
(3.00 from 1 review)
A Central American cell-phone technician has a startling change of plan half-way up a tower in Charlotte (NC, USA). If this little vignette were expanded into an American movie, it would most likely be rated G (ok for all ages). Vaguely based on a real-life incident. Approx. 1,100 words.
Enkloseur
Price: Free! Words: 1,440. Language: English. Published: February 2, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Biographical, Fiction » Educational
A new strategy game that is played on a chessboard is invented with help from the author's nephew and son. Approx. 1400 words. OK for all ages.
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