Behind the Book: Caving Realities Part 2

After spending so much of LAST WORDS demonstrating what one should not do in a cave, it seemed prudent to speak to an expert about the realities of caving. Anmar Mirza was a generous resource during my research, and his work should make anyone who goes underground...

Behind the Book: Caving Realities Part 1

After spending so much of LAST WORDS demonstrating what one should not do in a cave, it seemed prudent to speak to an expert about the realities of caving. Anmar Mirza was a generous resource during my research, and his work should make anyone who goes underground...

Behind the Book: Hypnotized for the Cause

I love the field research process (it’s the reporter in me that refuses to die) and LAST WORDS led me to some stranger places than even I’d anticipated. The caves, I thought I was ready for. I had not anticipated undergoing hypnosis, however. But the more I read about...

A Letter from Last Words’ Ridley Barnes

Read a letter from LAST WORDS’ Ridley Barnes, a suspect in a 10-year-old cold case, who is appealing to the detective agency that will bring Markus Novak into the game.  A Letter from Ridley Barnes

A Note on Character and Voice

When I wrote books in first-person, I inevitably heard readers tell me that they thought I was Lincoln Perry. He and I were one and the same. Not the character, of course, but the voice. I’ve heard numerous writers, all of whom I greatly admire, dispute this notion...

Last Words Playlist

Listen to Michael’s playlist for LAST WORDS and read a synopsis below of why each song made his list.   1. Beggar in the Morning, by The Barr Brothers I first encountered this song at a time when I was struggling with the character of Markus Novak, had...