Michael and Patricia Smith

Biography

Michael was born in Kansas in 1942. He grew up in Dorrance, where he attended public schools. In 1965, Michael received a baccalaureate degree in history from Kansas Wesleyan University. He attended graduate school at the University of Kansas, where he also was a teaching assistant in the History Department.

Michael began his writing career as a reporter and columnist for the Salina Journal, Salina, Kansas. He was also a reporter and “swing editor” at the Great Bend Kansas Daily Tribune. Then, he was appointed editor of the Golden, Colorado Daily Transcript, owned at the time in part by the Kansas City Star. Thereafter, he became an Editorial Writer and Legislative Correspondent for Lindsay-Schaub Newspapers located in Decatur, Illinois.

It was said during those times that every newspaper reporter/​editor had in his bottom desk drawer a draft copy of a short story, novel, or book of essays. Michael was no exception, although those drafts took some time to jell.

Michael left journalism in 1973 to become Associate Director of the Illinois Board of Higher Education.

In 1980, two of his novels were published: Legacy of the Lake, by Avon, and Secrets, by St. Martin's Press.

In 1982, Michael became Press Secretary for U.S. Congressman Richard Durbin. Later, he became Vice President, Public Relations, for The Futures Industry Association, Washington, D.C. In both of those positions, he wrote and edited speeches, press releases, newsletters and an internationally circulated financial services magazine.

In 1992, Michael returned to journalism as a reporter for The Training Times, the newspaper of the Seventh Army Training Command, Grafenwoehr, Germany. Among other issues, he wrote about refugees fleeing the war in the Balkans to resettle in Germany and Czechoslovakia.

Finally, in 1994, after his two children graduated college, Michael pursued his creative writing dream on a full-time basis, supported in large part by his wife, Patricia, a high school business teacher for nearly three decades. To date, Michael has published five more novels, a three-act play, and a book of social, political and economic essays -- all of which are summarized on the Books page of this Website.


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