Michael Parker was born in 1941 and educated in London and Portsmouth. He left school with no qualifications but a natural 'bent' for English, and it was this ability that set him on the path to writing. Michael has written for as long as he can remember, but not with the success he first coveted. His first novel, NORTH SLOPE was published by Macmillan in 1980. His following manuscript, HELL'S GATE was rejected and so began a saga that lasted twenty six years, but more of that later.
Michael's second novel, THE SHADOW OF THE WOLF, was published in 1984 by Robert Hale of London. It was to be many, many years of writing and rejections before he saw his third novel published in 2007. This was HELL'S GATE, the novel he had been trying to get accepted since 1980. Other books followed: THE EAGLE'S COVENANT in 2007 (Robert Hale). THE DEVIL'S TRINITY in 2008 (Robert Hale). In May 2009 THE THIRD SECRET. A COVERT WAR followed that in 2010, and in December, 2011, THE BOY FROM BERLIN was published, once again published by Robert Hale. This novel is to be published in paperback by Harlequin in North America and Canada. Harlequin have also taken up the English language paperback rights for THE EAGLE'S COVENANT, also for North America and Canada. Michael's publisher, Robert Hale Ltd., will be releasing the novel as an e-book in November 2012. Michael's latest novel, Past Imperfect, will be released in January 2015. Quite a change from Michael's usual thrillers, Past Imperfect is a Romance with a hard-edged back story. The e-book will be available in February.
When Michael began releasing his books on Amazon as Kindle eBooks and paperbacks, it was through Acclaimed Books Ltd. He published THE THIRD SECRET as ROSELLI'S GOLD. The change of title was in response to a major best seller by a top author of the same title. Michael felt that the title had become over-used and decided the change reflected more on the genre and content of the book. HELL'S GATE has now been released on Amazon and it is hoped that THE DEVIL'S TRINITY will be available by the end of the year (2012)
Michael met his wife Pat when he was sixteen and she was fifteen. They married in 1960, have four sons, ten grandchildren and a new great grandson, Harrison. They celebrated their Golden wedding anniversary in January 2010. Michael has worked as an office boy, a Merchant seaman, a plaster's labourer, a deck hand, a cinema projectionist, an RAF Technician and a maintenance technician in the food industry. He has also worked in the Middle East. In 1997 Michael and Pat moved to Spain and settled on the Costa Blanca. Michael's hobbies are Football, snooker, and keyboard. He is member of Torrevieja Christian Fellowship (TCF) along with his wife, and used to play keyboard there as a member of the Praise and Worship team.
Michael has described his writing hobby as a 'Sweet curse'. He says that the joy comes from writing a full length novel, living with it, creating the adventure, the characters, the excitement etc., but the curse comes from the number of rejections that are received from almost all the publishers and agents he contacts. But perseverance is the key word, which was the case with HELL'S GATE; twenty six years in trying.