After reading a draft of one my first novels, a friend asked, “Where do you get the ideas for what you
write?” The best answer I could come up with was, “Life.” The same is probably true for many that
try to create stories, they draw from what they know, what they remember from the highs and lows
of life. In my case, so many memories began with the care and mentoring of the southern women in
my youth. The courage and compassion of aunts and cousins that raised me formed my take on the
world, and my view of the role relationships play to our very existence. Even with the demeaning
image of romance in the media, the unique bond between a man and woman is what saves us from the
loneliness, and gives us the energy to endure the sad times. Sounds hokey for a big guy to be a
romantic doesn’t it, but its what I believe, and that philosophy flows into every thing I write.

How do you summarize your life in a few paragraphs? Probably best to start at the beginning. I was
born in North Carolina, but moved to Maryland with my family when I became a teenager. At the
tender age of seventeen, I fell in love with my wife. Not having a lick of sense, we were married two
years later. In the next decade I graduated from the University of Maryland with an Engineering
degree and obtained a Masters in Operations Research. In the years that followed, we raised two
terrific sons and I supported my family with various jobs in the military and intelligence sector.

After three decades of the typical tensions and frustration associated with a career, I decided it was
time to transition to the next phase of my life: retirement. I really missed the personality of the south
and its wonderful people. We searched for two years and finally discovered our sanctuary. We moved
to beautiful Southern Virginia and began enjoying our time together in the serenity and breathtaking
vistas of the Piedmont area, but I was faced with a new challenge. What to do with all that free time?

I remained physically active with tons of honey dos and working on our farm, but I missed the mental
stimulus. Often, during the course of my adult life, I pondered what might have been if I had taken a
different path, one I had fantasized about, but never had time to approach: writing stories. I had tried
on several occasions, but some family emergency or crisis at work redirected my energies. I was able
to accumulate a ton of ideas for story lines over the years, so I thought, “Why not try and share them
with others? You’ve got the time now, there’s no excuse anymore.” Great thought, but I really under
estimated the difficulty and complexity of starting a new career in the field of fiction writing.

After three decades of the typical tensions and frustration associated with a career, I decided it was
time to transition to the next phase of my life: retirement. I really missed the personality of the south
and its wonderful people. We searched for two years and finally discovered our sanctuary. We moved
to beautiful Southern Virginia and began enjoying our time together in the serenity and breathtaking
vistas of the Piedmont area, but I was faced with a new challenge. What to do with all that free time?

After two false starts, I evolved my “writing voice” in the thriller, TAINTED HERO. I was fortunate
to find a publisher that saw what I tried to pour into the story: a gut wrenching struggle between two
people, each faced with fears and demons from their past, but able to overcome the extreme
challenges that only a few encounter in their lifetime. My second novel is entitled FORGOTTEN
CHILDREN and was publisher in 2008. Yes, there’s still a romance, but this one will scare the willies
out of you, given its based on stuff that’s just around the corner. This novel was nominated as the
best romantic suspense of 2008 by two organizations, and the publishers best novel of 2008.  My next
novel, BLIND CONSENT, was released in April 2009, but it’s different. Sure, there's always
romance, but this time with a very unusual blend of things I don't even know how to describe. It was
derived from my memories as a young boy struggling in the south, put I've added a sinister twist to
explore what can happen when you give blind consent to people you trust.

In Jan 2010 my novel VEIL OF DECEPTION was be released. It was a collaborative project with a
female author, Candace Morehouse. I created the male POV, and she the female. It is very realistic in
terms of the romantic and sometimes humorous interactions between two troubled characters, with an
intriguing suspense in the background based on real world events. All the pre-reviewers have raved
about the enveloping and page turning nature of this story. My next novel SHADOW OF GUILT will
be released in Dec 2010. Yes, there's always a romantic core, but this time theres a real heart
wrenching backdrop to the story. Its been pretty hard to write. I can only stand so many emotions at
one time before I have to put it down and work on another story. This Muse has a real mind of her
own, and she's a bit of a dark mistress on this one. I have another joint project with Candace
(WHISPERS OF INNOCENCES) that will be submitted to the publisher shortly. At present I am
working on a romantic techno-thriller entitled RIGHTEOUS FURY, a SF epic called TOUCH OF
BLUE, and a medical suspense entitled CROSSINGS.

To those that make my characters come to life by reading my stories, Thank you
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Copyright 2010 by Michael W. Davis