The 3rd-person version:
Michael Jasper is fascinated with exploring the places where the normal meets the strange.
In pursuit of this fascination, he has published ten novels, a story collection, and over six dozen short stories, along with a digital comic with artist Niki Smith.
In the past he’s tried bartending, teaching junior high, painting houses, being a secret shopper, working construction, and many more jobs; he prefers fiction writing.
His most recently completed projects are Finders, Inc., a mystery novel set in the North Carolina mountains, “Unassisted Living,” a screenplay, and A Lasting Cure for Magic, the third book in his Contagious Magic fantasy series. He’s now working on either the sequel to his rural fantasy novel Family, Pack, or the first book in an all-new science fiction series, with lots of spaceships (or possibly both books at the same time).
The 1st-person version:
So yeah, I’ve been a reader all my life, and I’ve always wanted to try my hand at writing, so I’ve been learning how — with some successes now and then — for years. I’m getting there. Slowly.
I’ve been writing fiction seriously since about 1995, after I’d left my job as a junior high English teacher in tiny Bancroft, Nebraska, and moved out to North Carolina.
In the past I’ve tried bartending, teaching junior high, painting houses, being a secret shopper, working construction, and many more jobs; I prefer fiction writing. For my day job, I work as a technical writer at a software company.
I live with my wife Elizabeth and our two amazing sons in North Carolina.