Michael has studied American military history since his early teens ….. that would be nearly 50 years! Service in the US Navy at the end of Vietnam created in him a desire to honor those who have sacrificed for our freedoms. More than a decade ago, while working as a Postmaster, Michael responded to an invitation to speak on the Civil War to a group of students at a local school. The rest as he says “is history”.
Combining his public speaking with writing, Michael weaves story upon story from the very pages of our nation’s past. His interest in the War Between the States has led him to publish three books on this chapter of the American saga. His first novel, Northern Colors, released in 2009 was followed in 2010 by a historical non-fiction work, The Boys of Wasioja and Wisconsin Iron, a deeply personal novel of duty and dedication. Released in October of 2011 is Colors in the Air, a World War II novel about a young Bombardier in the 8th Air Force and his bride back in Minnesota.
Michael's "Colors" series follows the Weldon family through several generations. Along with Northern Colors and Colors in the Air is Colors in the Earth, on World War I. Journey with the first Doughboys as they go "Over There" to France and combat against the armies of Kaiser Wilhelm.
You can also enjoy amusing anecdotes gathered from a 30 year career in the Postal Service. Losing Your Zip is a light hearted look at what goes on behind the doors (and the counter) at your Post Office. Michael began his career as a Letter Carrier and retired as the Postmaster in a small Midwestern town. Read about his encounters with customers, co-workers and others.
His most recent work, another on World War II, is entitled Five For Freedom. This novel tells the story of five young men from Iowa. Members of the 1941 state basketball championship team, four of them enlist in different branches of the US military following Pearl Harbor. Bruce Hollins, the fifth member, is a young reporter for a small New York daily newspaper. He searches around the world for his friends, becoming embroiled in the conflict himself.
Public speaking remains his passion as well. His talks are as engaging and entertaining as his writing. He considers himself a time traveler and is currently working on several projects.
"And another generation, yet children, is still further removed from any personal knowledge and experiences of the war. We owe to ourselves, to them, and to the country to see to it that in our day, at least, none shall be uninstructed in the principles then contended for and successfully established, or as to the trials and sacrifices through which victory was finally achieved.”
General Judson W Bishop -- 1889