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Interests


About Me




​​​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 TRADEthat 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.


   BS, International Affairs
US Air Force Academy
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MA, Mass Communication 

                University of Denver


Education

WESTERN ​


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.


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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



Novels 

​​Civil War 


​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.