About the Author

At an early age, Michael Seeley found himself devouring books about the past. Then he started writing his own. His first novel, The Faith, is the opening to a trilogy about revolution and regicide. His second novel, Duty, asks what might have happened if Napoleon had won the Battle of Waterloo. His collected short fiction, Men of Eagles, offers new perspectives on the wars of the Napoleonic Age.

Michael has found inspiration from the winding alleyways of Paris, the tall forests of Norway, and the impressive Acropolis of Athens, but he currently lives in the Midwest with his beautiful wife, listening to the winds whisper across the prairie.

That's the official bio. Now, as to who I really am, that's another thing . . .

I'm young. I'm passionate about many things. And I try to reconcile the two. People often ask the following questions, so let me do my best to try and answer them:

Why do you write?
As anyone knows, that's a simple set of words with a complex answer. I write because I love to. I write because it clears my head and allows me to process through events that I've experienced. I write in my genre, historical fiction, because history is crammed full of amazing, true stories just waiting to be found. There's millions of narratives to be found and reshaped. (Today, I read in a memoir of a famous general from the Napoleonic Age that he almost died as a child by getting his head stuck in a cat-door. He nearly suffocated, but he was pretending to be a cat, so he wouldn't call for help. He sat there meowing until he turned blue and passed out. You can't make things like this up!) These stories, unlike the boring dates-and-names routine thrown about by those history teachers we all loathed, need to be shared. There's wild excited, daring humanity, and wondrous passion involved all throughout history. I write to convey that.

How did you get started writing?
I've always been writing. I started my first novel in middle school. As you can imagine, it got off to a great start for about fifty pages until I lost interest and went back to playing video games. It was a fantasy about a religious order setting out to defeat an enemy army. My mother liked it; the rest of the world would have gagged over it word by word - my craft was in its infancy after all. I tried again in high school, this time with a novel about a Nazi airman. My premise was that not every Nazi was a Jew-killing, loathsome human being. There had to be stories that we were missing, and that novel set out to find them. It didn't get finished. Another fifty pages and being involved in our high school theater became more important.

Then came college.

And I actually got serious about writing. I was on campus biding time between classes' ending and summer, and I got to thinking about writing and the concept of story. I loved to read. Why then couldn't I write? I had my past (highly feeble) attempts to draw from, and with MS Word and Hans Zimmer's soundtrack to Gladiator blasting, I started in. 

As you can image, things still needed work. 

For months, I worked towards developing character and prose, towards slicing away the flowery language I'd come to love in Dumas. A few years and four novel later, I'm still working at it. But I've having an amazing time, and the escape is so fulfilling, that I'll be doing this until they bury me.

Where do you find the inspiration for your stories?
This question has to be among the top three ever asked to authors. And most times, the answer is one variation on the same theme: "I find my inspiration in many things in the world around me." It's true for me too. I find arguments in the ones I witness between friends; fight scenes in fantastic movies; plot twists in modern novels; etc. But for me, as a historical fiction writer, my ideas also come from history. Those dry texts (Thucydides) to rich narratives that you never want to put down (Steven Pressfield) all have tales to give, and I try to snatch up plotlines from there. Sherlock Holmes and others have claimed that fact is far more strange than fiction. I agree, and my inspiration often comes from those facts.

What projects are you working on?
As of writing this (May 14, 2014), I'm finishing the first draft of my fourth novel - The Gods' Punishment. Next, I'll be finishing my first trilogy, The Uprising Trilogy, with The Uprising. Check out my Works in Progress page for more info.

What do you like to do besides writing?
Many things. Spending time with my wife Mandy doing whatever we can is bliss to me. She's an artist, and together, we explore everything from ukulele to coffee shops to biking to Netflix - a wonderful life if ever there was one. I'm also still a student of law. Academia is hard to escape. I'm a fencer - foil and epee being my preferred weapons. I'm a Christian, and searching and learning through my faith is also important to me (and Mandy as well). And reading, there's always reading.

Do you have a favorite era?
Yes- the Napoleonic Era. I run another blog, Napoleon Sightings, that explains my obsession more in depth, but suffice it to say that I find the time-period to be simply amazing and so complex that studying it will take the rest of my life. As a classicist, I'm also drawn to antiquity, particularly ancient Greece in the Golden Age.

Favorite authors?
Goodness, that's a good question. I love reading historical fiction, sci-fi, and fantasy mostly. Although, (as a future lawyer) I'm a big sucker for courtroom thrillers as well. Here we go: Alexandre Dumas, Steven Pressfield, Mary Renault, Nathan Lowell, Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins, Lindsay Buroker, Brent Weeks, countless others.

Favorite color?
Okay... now things are just getting ridiculous. It's green.

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