LINK TO THE RECKONING
My love affair with the written word began in grade school, when my fifth grade teacher made us read a book and write a book report each week of the school year.
I devoured every Zane Gray book I could get my hands on that year, sparking a lifelong love for the American West of the 19th century.
Later, I found out my grandfather had actually prospected in the Yukon for two years in 1898, and ever since, I've had a fascination with Jack London, Robert Service and tales of the Yukon. I've had a short story published in an anthology of short stories on Amazon, titled THE TRADE, that I wrote from a snippet of a story my mother shared with me about his time there. You can click the button below to find it.
Finally, I latch on to every book about the Civil War that I can, and have written the first of what I suspect will be several novels centered on that agonizing, but captivating period.
US Air Force Academy
MA, Mass Communication
University of Denver
I CURRENTLY HAVE A WESTERN mystery, THE RECKONING, THAT was released September 2016, by THE WILD ROSE PRESS! IT'S SET IN 1868 IN COLORADO, AND IS THE STORY OF TWO BROTHERS AND A SISTER WHO SET OUT TO AVENGE THEIR PARENTS, WHO WERE KILLED BY QUANTRILL'S RAIDERS DURING THE CIVIL WAR. CLICK THE LINK JUST BELOW MY NAME ABOVE FOR MORE INFORMATION.
I've had a lifelong interest in things historical, especially in mid-to-late 19th century America. I write about the fascinating events of that era- the Civil War, the opening of the American West, the gold rushes, the Industrial Revolution, Reconstruction.
Mike Torreano, author
My novel,Fireflies at dusk , SPANS A PERIOD IN AMERICAN HISTORY FROM 1845-1865. IT'S a coming of age tale of a young man who struggles with his family's pacifism growing up, and later, his own failings while fighting for the north during the Civil War.
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