Mike Bove


Mike Bove grew up in Vermont. He wrote articles and drew cartoons for his college newspaper. Mike was involved as an actor and director in high school, college and community theater. He adapted a Russian folk tale, The Nosebag, for the stage, produced and directed it. He was a public school teacher, track, and soccer coach before moving to Cape Cod. There he became an avid fisherman and golfer. He joined the Postal Service, transferred to Sedona, retiring in 2010.

Willowtree Is Mike’s first novel in the Bruce DelReno Mystery Series. He lives in Cottonwood, AZ with wife, Jane, and Golden Retriever, Ceile.

Smashwords Interview

When did you first start writing?
In high school and college I enjoyed my English and Literature courses, but especially liked it when the assignment required imagination. I mean, when I was able to write what I wanted, not just feedback from the lessons or a book report. I first thought of writing a book while teaching in the 70's and 80's. But I thought the book would be about teaching acting or play production to youth. And I considered a book on track and field for students. Theater and coaching track were my passions then, and I had developed a training philosophy and many coaching procedures from my research and experiences in both disciplines. I did write an adaptation of a Russian folk tale for the stage. I produced and directed it with High School students.
The idea of writing a novel came much later, after my teaching and coaching careers were over, and I retired in 2010. I began devouring mysteries, and decided to begin writing my own.
Who are your favorite authors?
There are many authors that I greatly admire in many genres. Their books are the ones that make me smile, laugh, or cry while reading, and keep and treasure afterward. If you borrow a Vonnegut from my collection, you will bring it back, or I'll go after it. I also save Shakespeare, Barbara Kingsolver, Joseph Wambaugh, and others. My favorite mystery writers who have provided inspiration mainly because of their style, construction, characters and dialogue are George V. Higgins, Stuart Woods, Wambaugh, Ross MacDonald, Elmore Leonard, and William G. Tappley. I love their clever dialogue, and I hope I can someday write something remotely similar.
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Smashwords book reviews by Mike Bove

  • Losing Myself (Short Story) on Aug. 29, 2011

    Losing Myself by T Morrell This is an interesting short story. A teenager from a broken family tries to be liked by fellow students, or actually anybody. His attempts go unnoticed, so much so that he sees himself as invisible. The reader has to decide as the story progresses whether the youth is ignored enough to seem invisible, or if he really is. The story is told in the first person by the boy and evokes sympathy right up to the surprise conclusion. I want to read more by Tim Morrell.
  • Book 'Em - An Eamonn Shute Mystery on Oct. 24, 2011

    This straightforward plot works because of interesting characters and great dialogue. Shute an out of shape, lottery winning, Irish immigrant is in love with Nicky, a Latina bookshop owner. Freeing her from crimes wrongly accused of, becomes Eamonn's passion whatever the cost. I like these two characters very much as well as others such as the big Samoan associate, and the seemingly incompetent lawyer. I also much dislike the sleazy characters including Nicky's ex, who is a lazy slob who is tring to get something for nothing. The south Florida and Islands settings are brought to life so the reader can picture the action. I look forward to my next Tony McFadden story.
  • The Wardens of Punyu (The Handover Mysteries, Vol. I) on Jan. 25, 2012

    I enjoyed everything about "The Wardens of Punyu." The story is well plotted and told in a distinct, very descriptive writing style. I could "see" the buildings and streets and Claire moving in them. I am glad that the aspect of obtaining and selling body parts was not made a spectacle by a long narrative about it. Instead, I was pleasantly surprised by a well crafted mystery with a strong and likable main character. The technical and geographical knowledge of the author blend well with the dialogue and action. I recommend "Wardens" to readers who are tired of silly mysteries. I look forward to reading the others in this series.