Michael Bernhart is an award winning author (none of the awards for writing, but it's still early days) who has published extensively on international development and public health – primarily service quality. His credentials for this written outpouring are a PhD (from MIT!) and four decades of international work – currently 50 countries and counting.
The transition from writing funding proposals to writing pure fiction was quick and easy. The result is the Max Brown tetralogy which traces the arc (from age 10 through 75) of a man who tries to be proactive, but whose behavior is driven by external events. Each of the four novels finds Max struggling with a new existential crisis – or crises – as he grows up in these trying times. Manhood used to be a birthright; now it's an unending series of challenges.
Dr. (why not use it?) Bernhart started this project before the internet could serve up virtual experiences to authors. The contextual information and situations come from service as a pilot in the USAF, living in Asia, Europe and Latin America, and inexplicable success at snaring women well out of his league. These remarkable similarities with the main character noted, he insists the work is not autobiographical. It’s wish fulfillment.
Bernhart currently lives in a yurt on a mountaintop in northern Georgia with one ex-wife, two daughters, and three cats. He still flies his vintage plane, although more cautiously than before, and he’s unshakeable in his conviction that he’s God’s Gift to Aviation. He keeps a shotgun, not a pistol for home defense (read the books; you’ll see why).