Michael is a retired international business attorney, who was raised in the small town of Pilot Mountain in the Piedmont foothills of North Carolina. He received his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and was a Fulbright Scholar in political science at the University of Mannheim, Germany. An avid reader of Southern history and literature, Michael and his wife Helen Ruth live at Almond Springs Farm in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina with two horses, three donkeys, and their canine companions, Lucy and Greta.
“The Tannery” is his debut novel, rich detail of the Post-Reconstruction South with outstanding character development and gut-wrenching plot twists. Though set in the past, this novel is said to be a must-read for a country combatting the enduring racism and voter suppression of the present.