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Mike Shel

Mike Shel (not his real name) was born in Detroit,  Michigan, USA in 1964 and grew up in the suburb of Dearborn, the hometown of Henry Ford, genius industrialist and virulent anti-Semite nutjob.  Mike has also lived in southern Illinois, Louisville, Kentucky, Atlanta, Georgia, and now Indianapolis, Indiana.  After writing two adventures for Dungeon Magazine in the early 90s, he crawled down a deep, dark hole.  He emerged 15 years later, Rip Van Winkle-like, looked around for a moment, then crawled back down again.  Re-emerging after another 3 years, he rubbed the sleep from his eyes and began freelancing for Paizo Publishing and third-party publishers like Kobold Press and Legendary Games. 

Mike is currently hard at work on his dark epic fantasy trilogy entitled ICONOCLASTS.  The first book, ACHING GOD, is available now in digital and print format, he's writing the second (SIN EATER), and the third (IDOLS FALL) is in outline form.  

Mike thinks that dress looks nice on you.  He wonders why you don’t call more often.  He thinks you should put some ointment on that.  Mike is from the future and desperately implores you to hoard Hummel figurines, but cryptically declines to explain the reason.  He lives there (the future) with his lovely and talented wife, Tracy.  He has 2 lovely and talented stepdaughters, Haylee (22) and Trinity (17), and a son, Leo (3).  Would you like to see pictures of Leo?   Would you like to watch a brief video of Leo counting to 50?   A 40-minute video of Leo playing with his Paw Patrol toys?   Would you like to talk to Mike about Leo?   He also has two dogs named Neko and Elsie. 

Mike has an advanced degree in clinical psychology and has practiced as a psychotherapist for over twenty years, specializing in cognitive therapy for panic and anxiety disorders. He has also worked with clients suffering from addiction, mood disorders, psychosis, and survivors of trauma.

Genres: Fantasy
   Lost Lore (2018) (with J P Ashman, Dyrk Ashton, David Benem, Celia Bryce, Ben Galley, T L Greylock, Jeffrey Hall, Laura M Hughes, Alec Hutson, Steven Kelliher, Michael R Miller, Bryce O'Connor, Benedict Patrick, Phil Tucker and Timandra Whitecastle)
   Heroes Wanted (2019) (with Dyrk Ashton, Jeramy Coble, Ben Galley, Jefferey Hall, Jeffrey Hall, Laura M Hughes, Joe Jackson, J C Kang, JC Kang, Matt Moss, Quenby Olson, Andy Pelquin, Daniel Potter, M D Presley, Derek Alan Siddoway, Michael J Sullivan, Phil Tucker, K S Villoso and Will Wight)