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About meI was born in 1978, in a suburb of Chicago and grew up in a forest-encroached neighborhood called Northwoods, where the embers of my imagination were kindled during solitary treks through the lonely wilderness. I wrote my first book, The Bullet That Never Stopped, on my mother’s rickety green typewriter at the prudent age of eight and three-quarters. While dating my wife throughout college, I wrote numerous stories, including novel-length addendums to her favorite books, giving her beloved characters new adventures.
Writing novels was always a novelty for me, but now that I’ve created more literary stories and mainstream fiction, I’m looking forward to a possible future in publication.
Like Ernest Hemingway, L. Frank Baum and Sara Paretsky, I hail from the great city of Chicago, as do many of my characters, and I've chosen that as the setting for many of my books because it is there that I am constantly walking and working and writing and reading. I firmly believe that Chicago is a mecca for thought and free speech and I am proud to proclaim it as the backdrop of my novels.
I find such support from fellow Chicagoans and inspiration from its writers and if I can ever offer that to someone else, or if you have interest in welcoming me to your writing group to ‘test-kitchen’ your work, please contact me!

GroupsChicagoans, Historical Fiction, Hobnob with Authors, Midwest Writers/Readers, Romance - from historical to contemporary, Tea!, Writer's Brag and Rag Bag, Writer-readers

Favorite authorsStephen King, Gaston Leroux (Shared favorites)


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Real nameMichael J. Clifford

LocationChicago, IL

Account typepublic, lifetime

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Member sinceApr 25, 2010

Currently readingTaking the Leap: Building a Career as a Visual Artist by Cay Lang
Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke
The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner: An Eclipse Novella (Twilight Saga) by Stephenie Meyer

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Hi, Michael, I'm finally getting around to reading The Book. I am enjoying it. Peter
Michael, I wish you the best of look promoting The Book. I hope to read more of your posts on LT. Daniel
Awww, you're very, very welcome but with the joy I get from reading good books in general it really is a double pleasure to actually know someone whose wonderful work is in print! Of course, when you win your first Pulitzer or the Nobel for Literature I expect my name mentioned and a reference to my blog in your acceptance speech... or at least an invite to the after party, maybe a goody-bag with some fancy champagne too. ;) I'm glad to see other people checking out Muse, too - to read it is to love it. And I bought Phantom of the Opera at Bundles in prep for book two.

You're officially on my "Favorite Author" list too. I have a two book rule - I have to love at least two works by someone before they make the cut, with a singular exception for Harper Lee - so you're in good company on my profile page.

Keep writing and I'll keep reading!
Let me know when your fan club needs a pres...

Okay, I broke down and bought a Kindle. I also bought The Book and Muse from Smashwords and managed with no trouble at all to get them onto my Kindle. I am the WOMAN!

So. There.

Now on to bigger and better things, like reading them. lol
I tip my hat to you, good sir.

Not sure what to say other than: Wow.

I almost wish I had not given The Book five stars, for as much as I enjoyed it, I may have liked Muse even more. (Or maybe I'm just a sucker for a love story...)

Is there a six star rating??
Keep writing, my friend, yours is truly a gift!
I think Kindle, Nook and Sony Touch all have e-ink, and though I agree iPad is cool, I heard it's hard to read in the sun because it's basically a computer, not an e-book. The differences between K, N and S seem to be mostly the type of files that can be read on them. My plan this weekend is to go to B&N & try out the Nook, then go to Target & see if they have a Kindle I can try out. (Not sure where I could find a Sony to try.) Then I'll be better equipped to choose. But I'm staying far far away from the Apple store lest I find myself overcome with lust for an iPad. lol
Yes, I thought it would be kinda cool to read "The Book" on an e-reader. Which e-reader do you have (if you have one) and how do you like it?
My paternal Great-grandmother was from Kilkarney, County Claire and her 2nd husband (Daniel Clifford) was born in New york .
Thanks for the comment.
I bought the book because we share the Initials MClifford.
Then when I looked further you have the same name as my Grandfather Michael J. Clifford.
Anyway the book is on my short pile of books to read, and it looks interesting..
I saw your book reviewed by a fellow LTer and it sounded interesting so I added it to my wishlist. Hopefully I will be able to knock it off the 'wishlist' and on to the 'read' list at some point this year.

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I promise, I'm not this spooky in real life. And my head does not dissolve into trees either....usually.
Did you know about this group too?
Hi, Michael,

Well, I've taken the plunge and bought the e-book version of "The Book". (I know this is going to lead to a lot of convoluted, internal circular referential sentences.) I may take me a while before I get around to reading it, but when I do I will post a review and let you know how I get on with The Book.

All the best.

I keep coming across The Book on LT, and am intrigued.
Where is it available?

By the way, your Hopi Indian proverb,
"The one who tells the stories rules the world.",
reminds me of a phrase I often use: "He who controls the present controls history, and he who controls history controls the future." I have forgotten the source, but it's very much the same message.
Hi there! It might take some time for me to read the book, since it isn't available yet in Germany. But once I can get it easily and fast, you'll have a new reader ;)
Oh cool! Now I can say, "Hey we have 36 books in common!" ;) I just posted my review of The Book - I finished it on the bus home today and I really was extremely impressed. I've read a lot of indie fiction and I seriously don't give out 5 stars lightly! Let's hope the folks in charge of the ABNA know what they're doing, but regardless of what they say, it's a really awesome work! (Let me know what you think of the review, I don't always proofread myself so if there's anything I flubbed point it out before I plaster it everywhere...)
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