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 podcast, because I’m a glutton for (fun) punishment.
You can reach me at m(nospace)underwood(at)gmail(dot)com