Bio

Picture (C) Brandie Roberts. Approved for promotional purposes, with attribution.

Hello!  I’m Michael R. Underwood (folks calls me Mike), speculative fiction writer and North American Sales & Marketing Manager for Angry Robot Books. This blog was formerly called 21st Century Geeks.

I hold 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.

In 2007, I attended the Clarion West Writers Workshop, which was the biggest boost to my writing career I’ve had yet.  I’ve worked as a fiction reader for Fantasy Magazine, as well as writing for PopMatters.com as a DVD reviewer and essayist.

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. Celebromancy, the sequel to Geekomancy, is now available. My forthcoming works include Attack The Geek, and books in two additional series: The Younger Gods, and Shield and Crocus. 2014 is going to be a busy year.

I live in Baltimore, MD, with my girlfriend, an ever-growing army of books, and a super-team of dinosaur figurines and stuffed animals. I’m also a part of the 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 Nelson Literary Agency. Film/tv rights to Geekomancy are managed by Jon Cassir of Creative Artists Agency.

 

 

Short 3rd person bio:

Michael R. Underwood is the author of GEEKOMANCY, CELEBROMANCY, ATTACK THE GEEK, and the fortcoming 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, 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 Skiffy and Fanty Show.

 

Medium 3rd person bio:

Michael R. Underwood 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. 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 is currently the North American Sales & Marketing Manager for Angry Robot Books (including sister imprints Strange Chemistry and Exhibit A).

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 Skiffy and Fanty Show.

 

Long 3rd person bio:

Michael R. Underwood was born in Bloomington, IN to parents who met doing 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 Wichita Falls, TX, Brooklyn, NY, Montclair, NJ, Eugene, OR, Queens, NY, and currently resides in Baltimore, MD. 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 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.

 

6 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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