Michael R. Mennenga (men-en-gay) was born in Nebraska and grew up on a small farm outside of Holdrege. Michael began writing in late 1986 but it took a couple years for his style to develop. He began working on his first book in 1988 and spent the next six years submitting manuscripts, talking with publishers / agents, and learning the ins and outs of this changing industry.
Even though he remained unpublished, he had become a proficient writer and by 1995 he had written 2 young adult books, 1 novel, and had 9 others in various stages of production. In 1995 he also turned his attentions to the Internet. In 1998 he joined a developing writing community and was soon asked to become part of the staff. Working with members, creating interesting assignments, and developing writing lessons he became a valuable part of the community.
He worked for only one year as a staff member before being asked to become its executive editor - overseeing all operations of the growing community. The site received recognition from Writers Digest and Forbes Publishing Group before the release of his first book - Zac and the Valley of the Dragons - (published on Xlibris Press) forced his resignation as editor in 1999.
Michael and his wife Lorrie are now residents of Phoenix Arizona. He is a member of the Arizona Authors Association, and spends his time as host of his own internet radio talk show called The Dragon Page. Along with his co-host Evo Terra, they broadcast worldwide on Book Crazy Radio. The show features interviews with Sci-fi / Fantasy authors, publishers, and artists - and they discuss many other related Sci-fi topics, news, and events.
Biography provided by the author, December 2002.