Michael J. Bowler is an award-winning author of two previous novels who grew up in San Rafael, California.
He majored in English and Theatre at Santa Clara University and earned a master’s in Film Production from Loyola Marymount and another master’s in Special Education from Cal State Dominguez Hills.
He has partnered with two friends as producer, writer, and/or director on several ultra-low-budget horror films. These films are often unintentionally funny, but the reviews are intentionally snarky and hilarious. Checking out the reviews is much more fun than watching the movies.
He taught high school in Hawthorne, California for a number of years, both general education and to students with learning disabilities in subjects ranging from qualified areas like English and Strength Training to he-doesn’t-know-what-he’s-doing-but-was-forced-to-teach-these-subjects-anyway areas like Algebra and Biology. (Oh, well, he and the students had fun, anyway.)
He has also been a volunteer Big Brother to seven different boys with the Catholic Big Brothers Big Sisters program and a long-time volunteer within the juvenile justice system in Los Angeles. He is a passionate advocate for the fair treatment of children and teens in California, something that is sorely lacking in this state. Sadly, he knows far too many youth in prison. While some people tour the California Mission system on their summer vacations, he often tours the California prison system visiting these throwaway kids, reminding them they are not and never will be forgotten.
He has been honored as Probation Volunteer of the Year, YMCA Volunteer of the Year, California Big Brother of the Year, and National Big Brother of the Year. The “National” honor allowed he and three of his Little Bothers to visit the White House and meet the president in the Oval Office.