Michael D. Christensen was born in Cumberland, Maryland. Having attended public schools in New Jersey and California, he matriculated at the University of Nevada (Reno) in 1967. Soon afterwards he gave up his studies to spend two years in the Argentine Republic, after which he enrolled at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, and continued with his studies intermittently, over the next six years, graduating in 1975, with a baccalaureate in History. After several aimless years, and a number of unsuccessful attempts to establish himself as a writer of fiction, he was forced to find work to support himself, and was able to dedicate a limited amount of time to writing. The authorís life was given more stability in 2003 with his marriage to Sidney Ann.