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Michael D. Christensen was born in Cumberland, Maryland. Having attended public schools in New Jersey and California, he matriculated at the University of Nevada (Reno) in 1967. Soon afterwards he gave up his studies to spend two years in the Argentine Republic, after which he enrolled at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, and continued with his studies intermittently, over the next six years, graduating in 1975, with a baccalaureate in History. After several aimless years, and a number of unsuccessful attempts to establish himself as a writer of fiction, he was forced to find work to support himself, and was able to dedicate a limited amount of time to writing. The author’s life was given more stability in 2003 with his marriage to Sidney Ann.  In 2006 his first full length mature novel The Tomb of the s was published.  Currently, the author is working on his next novel, Battles Long Ago, scheduled for publication in 2007, and is making initial preparations for another project, a novel with the working title of Civil War in a Small Kingdom.

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· What would you like readers to know about you/your work?The tone of the “The Tomb of the s,” and the other novels currently being written is meant to be literate, though in no sense “highbrow.” The stories are all written plainly, and the dialogue is that of normal human beings, regardless of the great differences between characters, just as there is, of course, among people. The basic, most fundamental tenet of this writer, is that every word within the book’s covers must be part of a good story, a real yarn, a “page burner,” as one of the readers has referred to it. Without this, the characters, their actions and the details of their emotions via their thoughts, will fail, and you, the reader, will not wish to immerse yourself , as an enemy, a companion, or closer, with those characters, in events large or small. The story is not everything, to admittedly generalize, however, it is the foundation for all else that the reading of fiction offers us. · What’s next, what can readers look forward to in the future?“Battles Long Ago,” is in process at this time, and will, according to the tentative schedule, be available in 2007. “Battles Long Ago,” follows the exploits of a Hermit who, convinced that he is the last man alive on the Planet Earth, is suddenly thrust from that conviction, upon discovering that there are other survivors in the world, albeit a small group, and to whom he must go, hesitatingly, so as to reunite himself with the human kind, however, he will find their society being not quite as he recalls it was, before the catastrophic era.Beyond that, work has also begun on “Civil War in a Small Kingdom,” which novel is being cast in order to illustrate the rending effects upon the rulers and citizens of a small principality, when that state, long preserved by its own venerated traditions, ceremonies and class structure, is torn into fragments by the dawning of a new age, and new notions, which ideas and thinking may be partly of great benefit, and partly otherwise. · Suggested reading (viewing, listening) - what have you liked, disliked recently?The old standby, “Robinson Crusoe,” continues to exert an enthralling power, even though it has been called the first true novel in the English language.The French film, “Beauty and the Beast,” (1946). It not only entertains, it may fire a sudden desire in us towards creativity, and for romance. The Russian film version of “War and Peace,” (1968). It is one of the most hopelessly flawed of major films of all time, in my opinion only, however it may, nonetheless, carry us far beyond the here and now, if we would generously overlook its strange and outdated aspects.· Links – author or publisher website, etc.Author’s website: www.sfreader.com/authors/MichaelDChristensen/· Anything you’d like to ask readers? Please include email address so readersmay contact you directly.Do you believe that the story, while it is not the only important part of a novel, is really the foundation for a good book? Would you believe that even a highly regarded novel, such as “The Brothers Karamazov,” is, basically, a great story?Is not the same almost always true of motion pictures, movies, also?I am sincere in my desire to read your opinions in regards to “the story versus all else.” Please contact me, if you wish at: TheTeslinGroup@xmission.com



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