I’m an aging nerd with enthusiasm for creativity in all its forms.
Interviews With Me
I’m the author of numerous traditionally published books, and I’m currently published by Crossroad Press, which has brought out many of my original novels plus a couple of new books in Kindle and other e-book editions. All of my Kindle titles are here.
My first novel, Azarius, was published while I worked as a newspaper reporter, a job I held for eleven years. In the early days as a general assignment reporter, my shift was 1 p.m. to 10 p.m., so I wrote fiction in the early morning hours, completing most of my work from midnight until 2 a.m., ironically an appropriate time for dark fiction.
While working as a reporter, I covered the crime beat at night and also wrote feature articles, religion news and conducted hundreds of celebrity interviews. I’ve interviewed television stars such as Matt Leblanc, Jennifer Anniston, Gates McFadden, Raven Symone, Alex Haley, Shirley Chisholm and many others. I’ve also covered speakers as diverse as Mother Teresa, Robert Ballard and Wendy Wasserstein.
In addition to fiction and non-fiction writing, I’ve worked as a librarian and web content editor and marketing copywriter. I’ve written print ads, news releases, public service announcements and worked as the clientside producer on a number of television commercials.
In 2010, I earned an MFA from Goddard College. I’d wanted to pursue an MFA for a number of years and first considered in the 1980s but opted to see if I could get published on my own.
Since earning my MFA, I have been teaching a college level course in horror, mystery and suspense. I now reside in Orlando, FL, after living in Louisiana and Texas.
Besides books and short stories I’ve also written audio dramas, comics and other scripted fiction. I’ve also had books published under the name Michael August.
Why Sid is Alive?
The title for my website comes from a piece of anonymous graffiti that my buddy, Chicago author Wayne Allen Sallee, photographed in the course of his journeys in the 1990s. It always seemed like the perfect name for my activities.
The Sid is Alive message was scrawled on one of the front columns of Waverly Hills Sanitorum in Louisville, KY. Today this building is considered one of the most haunted attractions in America and one of the scariest places on earth.
Tours are currently available thanks to the Waverly Hills Historic Society.