Michael Mardel

Publisher info

Michael is a trained school librarian and has been reading and teaching primary students for over 15 years.
His previously published works may be found at his website and his short stories for boys and girls at Smashwords.
This is his first collection of short stories for middle grades, specifically for boys.

Smashwords Interview

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in a seaside suburb of Melbourne. I have written a short story of a boy who holidayed at Ebden House, an historic place at the end of our street. Firstly, I incorporated the story in Computer Walkabout for grade 6 whereby students practice typing and learn about computers with lots of short cuts thrown in. Secondly, I incorporated the story into a textbook for grade 6 called Storyteller Walkabout. Students are shown how to write characterisation and how to conduct an interview for the Australian Curriculum..
When did you first start writing?
I suppose I should say that I started writing at school. This was followed by work for university with a poem or two thrown in. I wrote my first novel for the 50,000 word November competition in 2001 and have incorporated parts of the story into my Australian Short Stories for Boys (& girls). This was published in 2011. I have a published poem from a trip to Western Australia where I now reside.
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Where to find Michael Mardel online

Where to buy in print


The Journal of Paul O'Leary: From the City to the Outback
Price: Free! Words: 28,760. Language: English. Published: January 29, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Action & Adventure / Pirates, Fiction » Children’s books » Action & Adventure / Pirates
The story of a 10 year old boy who moves to the tropics of Broome, in the Kimberley, Western Australia. The journal follows him around Broome, setting up house, finding new friends and coping with the heat. Besides his adventures with the Scouts and tennis, he dreams of going places, mainly flying to the stars.
Australian Short Stories for Boys (& Girls)
Price: Free! Words: 19,430. Language: English. Published: August 3, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Fiction
Ten short stories of boys in different eras - sailing under Lord Nelson as a powder boy, travelling the east coast of Australia with a dog, father and son interactions, disability, rabbiting in the Depression, refugees - from Afghanistan to Australia,Ireland in St Kevin's time, selling pots and pans to gold diggers in the 1850s, being a tennnis ball boy in 2020 in Monte Carlo.

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Smashwords book reviews by Michael Mardel

  • The Great Meld on Aug. 09, 2014

    Kachi Ugo meets Harry Potter in The Great Meld. The main protagonist is Peter who has a son. He has been kidnapped by the evil wizards and it is up to his father and the 'good' wizards to find him, repelling the baddies along the way. An edit would suit.
  • Loved, Settled and Understood on Aug. 14, 2014

    Loved settled understood by Kirsty Grant is a delightful lesbian love story with erotic episodes. It is also a tragedy as two women who love each other keep messing it up. Will their love prevail? You have to wait for the crushing end. The story is interspersed with love poems though I found Kirsty's previous work far superior.