Photo: Jan Murphy
Photo: Jan Murphy

Michael Sheldon was born in Philadelphia and raised in South Jersey. He and his wife Ellie left New York City in 1980 and moved west—first to New Mexico, then Montana, and finally to Seattle, where they’ve lived since 1988. With daughter Giuliana off at college, the household includes Bunny, the Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier, Oliver, the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, and Michael and Ellie’s global mom-and-pop marketing shop, XMedia Communications.

Michael has been writing fiction throughout his adult life. Publishing credits include the business memoir of investment pioneer George Russell, Success by Ten (Wiley, 2009) and scores of articles on photography in PDN. He’s also an accomplished photographer and has invented a form for photographic novels called photoromance.

Adam Bellow and David Bernstein discovered Michael’s fiction and have been publishing it at Liberty Island. Short stories include: “Better Than Fresh Apricots,” “Dark and Stormy,” and “T.B.O.P. (The Beast of Philadelphia).” His debut novel, The Violet Crow, featuring psychic detective Bruno X, is Liberty Island’s first offering in the mystery genre with an expected pub date of June 2015.

Michael has plans for at least two more novels featuring Bruno: The Louse and The Philly Dog.

mickey z 3_ forBlog_HRMickey Z is the author’s gorilla-marketing avatar. He is respected as a trendsetter, thought leader, arbiter of style, and bon vivant.

Since arriving in the U.S. from an uncharted island off the coast of Sumatra (12º S, 78º E), he’s distinguished himself as an innovator in the field of Boulevard Science and as co-founder of the H. Valentine Miller Institute for Time Management.

Gregarious to a fault, his English friends are likely to characterize him as “a great bloke.” At home in the U.S. he’s admired for his wide-ranging wit and as the impresario behind Mickey’s Boardwalk.

Without Mickey Z, this website would not have been possible.