Mike was born and raised in Kirkland Lake - a small northern mining town with a nearby First Nations reserve.
He grew up with a love of the north, even in the midst of winter, exploring the surrounding woods with his friends, and his grandfather. He moved down south in his 20's, to follow a career in quality management, but his real pleasure was still heading outside the city, with canoe and tent. While in Toronto he also developed an interest in back-alley murals, in artistic graffiti, and worked with some police there that saw its potential as a community building exercise.
He'd always been a voracious reader, so several years into retirement he decided to draw on those high-school years spent hiding in sci-fi and fantasy books and try writing. He hasn't stopped since. Kirk's Landing is his first book, released in 2013, and the sequel, Return to Kirk's Landing, was released in December of 2016. While the first two were primarily crime stories, with a bit of supernatural, he has several others waiting to be edited, in the sci-fi and fantasy genres.
Return to Kirk's Landing
Synopsis - Dave Browne, a former big city undercover cop, is hoping to finally settle into a peaceful new life as police chief in a small northern Canadian town. When he'd first arrived in the middle of winter, he’d relied on both his ability to disappear, and his new First Nations friends, to solve an unsolved murder, expose corruption at the local mill, and defeat an evil spirit. Now it’s summer, and he’s planning on being just a regular cop, worrying about things like jaywalking tourists and loud cottage parties. Unfortunately, parts of his past reappear, and he’s confronted with a biker gang, drugs, another murder, and a demonic possession. It's now time for him to face the benefits and limitations of his unique ability, changing both it and himself in the process.
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Synopsis - Dave, an undercover cop, is busted when his cloaking power fails in the middle of a gang meeting. Forced to hide out as Detachment Commander in Kirk's Landing, a small Manitoba town, his only goal is to continue as a loner and lay low for a year. He learns it's hard to stay a loner in a small town, though, especially with everyone eager to meet him and enlist his help with their version of the local issues. In addition to a new and challenging staff, he meets Rosie, the local cafe owner, transplanted from Toronto, Junior, a youth with a spray can and attitude, Mayor Palin, eagerly awaiting new funding for the mill, Chief Bourbeau from the nearby Anishinaabe reserve, waiting to see if Dave will really help, and the chief's daughter, JB, intrigued by this new and handsome Corporal.