County native Craig
has first novel published
(February 2003) Trimble County, Ky., native Michael
D. Craig will have his first novel, In Excess, published
in 2003 by Writers Showcase Press.
Craig, 32, is a 1987 graduate of Trimble County High School in Bedford,
Ky. After high school, Craig attended the University of North Carolina
at Charlotte, where he obtained a bachelors degree in journalism.
Craig said he has been fascinated with the written word since he was
a young boy and knew that he wanted to be a published author one day.
Before his writing career took off, he supported himself by working
at a nursery, tutoring students in Spanish, which he speaks fluently,
and working as a bi-lingual operator for a major credit card company.
His first writing job was for True Story magazine.
The pay wasnt great, but it was a fantastic learning experience
and helped me hone my writing craft, said Craig.
Craig realized a career milestone with the March 2001 publication of
his first nonfiction work, The Totally Awesome 80s Pop Music Trivia
Book, by iUniverse.com.
The success of his first volume of trivia was followed in May 2001 by
The Totally Awesome 80s TV Trivia Book, also published by
iUniverse.com, and Whos That Girl? The Ultimate Madonna
Trivia Book, published in December 2001 by Writers Club Press.
Being a child of the 80s, I was greatly influenced by the pop
culture of the era, which was why I decided to write my non-fiction
books, he said.
The success of the books created an interest in his work from fiction
publishers. Ive always wanted to segue into fiction writing,
and my non-fiction success gave me that opportunity, Craig said.
In Excess is the story of seven very different individuals
and the lives they lead after graduating from high school in the early
The story spans 16 years and crosses four continents, following the
heights of fame and the depths of misery of the seven memorable characters.
Craig said that his imagination supplied most of the background for
his book. Occasionally, however, he used the Internet as a research
tool when he wrote about unfamiliar topics.
For example, one of the main characters, a world-famous athlete, becomes
addicted to steroids, so Craig got information about the drug online.
He has also traveled around the world over the years and has used his
travels to inspire the exotic settings in the book. Craig said that
the novel, which he began in 1997, was greatly influenced by the works
of authors he grew up reading, including Jackie Collins, Sidney Sheldon
and Harold Robbins.
Most of Craigs family members still live in the Trimble County
area, including his father and stepmother, Barry and Diane Craig, who
say they are proud of Michaels accomplishments.
Diane Craig said she always encouraged Michael to do what was in his
heart to do and that was to write. Writings always been
his passion, she said.
Craig currently lives in Charleston, S.C., where he is working on a
new novel titled, Boomslang, the story of a famous actress
from Kentucky who is bitten by the venomous boomslang snake while filming
a documentary in South Africa and leaving her face disfigured.
In addition to writing books, Craig also authors a popular online gossip
column, The Retro Dish with Michael D. Craig. It is located
online at: www.retrolane.com/dish.html.
On the site, Craig dishes out the latest information on Hollywoods
favorite celebrities and pop culture icons. Craigs trivia books
are currently available at www.amazon.com.
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