Michael Corvo has wanted to be a writer since he first discovered fantasy and science fiction in middle school (he’s also wanted to be a filmmaker, special effects artist, helicopter pilot, and archeologist, but that’s beside the point).

Now, decades later (how many, he won’t tell), Michael has finally decided to get serious about writing the many stories bouncing around in his head.

Michael’s interest in science fiction began in middle school when he read every anthology of Nebula Award winners in the school library. This rich education exposed him to Isaac Asimov, Robert Heinlein, Arthur C. Clark, and many other classic sci-fi writers. In high school, he took on Frank Herbert’s Dune series, and later, “harder” sci-fi from authors like Michael Swanwick and Charles Stross.

The magic and grandeur of fantasy, however, was a stronger draw for Michael. Starting with the blood-pumping swords and sorcery tales of Robert Howard (specifically the Conan stories), he moved to Fritz Leiber’s cleverer Fafhrd and Gray Mouser books, and eventually Michael Moorcock’s dark and brooding Eternal Champion books (specifically the Elric, Corum, and Hawkmoon series). His swords and sorcery stories and modern supernatural tales are also weighted with his love of Poe and H.P. Lovecraft.

Michael stumbled into high fantasy with Llyod Alexander’s The Chronicles of Prydain, Ursula LeGuin’s Earthsea series, David Eddings’ Belgariad, and Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman’s Dragonlance novels. His high fantasy writing is also influenced by Greek, Norse, and Celtic myths and other world tales of gods, goddesses, and mythic beasts.

Michael lives in Austin, Texas with his wife, son, a cat, two dogs, and a rabbit.