Bio

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Hello! I’m Mike – a speculative fiction writer and the North American Sales & Marketing Manager for Angry Robot Books.

I’ve circumnavigated the globe, danced the tango with legends, and I know why Tybalt cancels out Capo Ferro. I also roll a mean d20.

Before I became a writer, I spent six years in academia, earning a B.A. in Creative Mythology (through the Individualized Major Program) and East Asian Studies from Indiana University and a M.A. in Folklore Studies from the University of Oregon. What that means is that I’m professionally qualified to geek out about mythology, Chinese and Japanese History, and Folklore (anything from mythology to internet memes).

In 2007, I attended the Clarion West Writers Workshop (I highly recommend it). I’ve worked odd jobs from game store cashwrap monkey to web design instructor or reviewer and essayist for PopMatters.com.

My first novel is an urban fantasy called Geekomancy (published July 2012 by Pocket Star, an imprint of Simon & Schuster). Geekomancy was inspired by stories like Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Clerks, the Dresden Files, and The Middleman, as well as my experiences growing up geek. The series continues with Celebromancy, Attack the Geek, and the forthcoming Hexomancy.

My other books are:

Shield and Crocus: An action-packed mash-up of weird fantasy and superheroes

The Younger Gods: A supernatural thriller starring the one moral son in a family of sociopathic apocalypse cultists.

Genrenauts: A comedic science fiction series in novellas. Each season is comprised of 6 novellas. The first two novellas, The Shootout Solution and The Absconded Ambassador, are forthcoming from Tor.com’s novella project.

I live in Baltimore, MD, with my fiance and an ever-growing library. I’m also a part of the Hugo-nominated Skiffy and Fanty Show because I’m a glutton for (fun) punishment.

You can reach me at m(nospace)underwood(at)gmail(dot)com.

I am represented by Sara Megibow of KT Literary Agency. Film/tv rights to Geekomancy are managed by Jon Cassir of Creative Artists Agency.

 

Micro bio (50 words)

Michael R. Underwood is the author of six novels across several genres. By day, he’s the North American Sales & Marketing Manager for Angry Robot Books.

Mike lives in Baltimore with his fiance and their ever-growing library. He is a co-host on the Hugo-nomianted Skiffy and Fanty Show.

Short bio (100 words):

Michael R. Underwood is the author of six books: Geekomancy, Celebromancy, Attack the Geek, Shield and Crocus, and The Younger Gods. By day, he’s the North American Sales & Marketing Manager for Angry Robot Books. Mike grew up devouring stories in all forms, from comics to video games, tabletop RPGs, movies, and books. Always books.

Mike lives in Baltimore with his fiancé and an ever-growing library. In his rapidly-vanishing free time, he studies historical martial arts and makes pizzas from scratch. He is also a co-host on the Hugo-nominated Skiffy and Fanty Show.

Medium bio (200 words):

Michael R. Underwood is the author of the Ree Reyes series (Geekomancy, Celebromancy, Attack the Geek, and the forthcoming Hexomancy), as well as Shield and CrocusThe Younger Gods, and Genrenauts, a forthcoming series in novellas. By day, he’s the North American Sales & Marketing Manager for Angry Robot Books.

Mike grew up devouring stories in all forms, from comics to video games, tabletop RPGs, movies, and books. Always books. He holds a B.A. in Creative Mythology and in East Asian Studies from Indiana University and a M.A. in Folklore Studies from the University of Oregon.

In years past, when his life was not scheduled around novel deadlines, he danced Argentine Tango and was an active member of the Society for Creative Anachronism, studying historical martial arts, including why Tybalt cancels out Capo Ferro. Mike has been a hobby game store cashwrap monkey, a student archivist, a webmaster, a web design teacher, a bear-builder, a bookseller, an independent publishers’ representative, and more.

Mike lives in Baltimore with his fiance and an ever-growing library. In his rapidly-vanishing free time, he studies historical martial arts and makes pizzas from scratch. He is also a co-host on the Hugo-nominated Skiffy and Fanty Show.

Long bio (450 words):

Michael R. Underwood is the author of the Ree Reyes urban fantasy series (Geekomancy, Celebromancy , Attack the Geek, and the forthcoming Hexomancy), as well as Shield and Crocus,The Younger Gods, and the forthcoming Genrenauts novella series.

Mike was born in Bloomington, IN to parents who met through musical theater. He was, from birth, doomed to be a performer. He saw Star Wars: The Return of the Jedi in theaters before the age of one, instilling a love of mythic storytelling and speculative fiction from a very young age. He has lived in Texas, New York, New Jersey, Indiana, Oregon, New York again, and now Maryland. He hates moving. A lot.

Mike grew up devouring stories in all forms, from comics to video games, tabletop RPGs, movies, and books. Always books. He holds a B.A. in Creative Mythology and in East Asian Studies from Indiana University and a M.A. in Folklore Studies from the University of Oregon.

As a teen, Mike was raised by gamers at the Game Preserve in Bloomington, IN, playing nearly every CCG known to humanity, as well as miniatures games, lots of RPGs, and other whacky geek ephemera. His experience at the Game Preserve was a primary inspiration for the Ree Reyes series of novels.

In the proud tradition of writers everywhere, Mike has held a variety of jobs, ranging from retail mascot to web design instructor. He has also worked as a hobby game store cashwrap monkey, a student archivist, submissions reader for Fantasy magazine, a webmaster, essayist and reviewer for PopMatters, a bear-builder, a bookseller, an independent publishers’ representative, and is currently the North American Sales & Marketing Manager for Angry Robot Books (including sister imprints Strange Chemistry and Exhibit A).

In 2003, he participated in the Semester At Sea program, circumnavigating the world in a ship of someone else’s making. On the journey, he visited Japan, China, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, India, Tanzania, South Africa, Brazi, and Cuba, and went on a bit of a Brazil bender, learning the martial art/dance style of Capoeira, performing in a Bossa Nova ensemble, and learning the joys of Samba Pagode, which can accurately be described as backyard BBQ party music.

Mike lives in Baltimore with his fiance, an ever-growing library, and a super-team of dinosaur figurines & stuffed animals. In his rapidly-vanishing free time, he studies historical martial arts and makes pizzas from scratch. He is also a co-host on the Hugo-nominated Skiffy and Fanty podcast, due to Sharknado-related hilarity.

In years past, when his life was not scheduled around novel deadlines, he danced Argentine Tango, performed an an alternative tango band, and was an active member of the Society for Creative Anachronism.

 

Short Fiction:

“Last Tango in Gamma Sector” — Crossed Genres #19

“Kachikachi Yama” Escape Pod 266 and Soundproof Escape Pod #2. (audio and epub versions, respectively).

Non-Fiction:

“The Friends That Game Together: A Folkloric Expansion of Textual Poaching to Genre Farming for Socialization in Tabletop Role-Playing Games” at the Journal of Transformative Works

“The Middleman Season One” review at the Internet Review of Science Fiction

8 thoughts on “Bio

  1. a1979shakedown

    Not everyday I happen upon a blog only to read the “About…” section and see a fellow Duck!

  2. Hi, nice to meet you !

  3. I am thinking of using the “Five Things I Learned At Clarion” meme in a column for Asimov’s. I may not have room for all the wonderful lessons but if I use yours, may I quote with attribution?

    Jim Kelly

  4. By all means, please feel free to excerpt that post with attribution. I look forward to seeing the column!

  5. Ross Tucker

    Send me your number so I can have my brother, Dr. David Tucker, give you a call. Great minds think alike.

    Ross Tucker – rosstucker4816@gmail.com

    • Hello Ross! My email address is listed on the Bio section of the website, with the paper-thin spammer protection. Have your brother drop me a line there.

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