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When he was in the third grade at East Alton Elementary School, East Alton, IL, Michael Ringering selected Miriam E. Mason’s Broomtail for a class-assigned book report, and from that moment on, set his sights on wanting to write short stories and other works of fiction.

He published his first novel, Six Bits, in December 2011, earning finalist designation in the 2012 USA Best Book Awards for Fiction. Since then, he has published four short stories: Willy the Whale (2017), A Face on a Train (2017), A Calico Tale (2018), and The 9:15 to Grand Central (2019). Michael’s second novel, A Debt of War, is in post-production. In December 2017, he started his third novel, a trilogy concept based on a childhood memory, and continues to work on several shorts. All these older works are being revised and will re-release with Evolved Publishing in the second half of 2021.

Michael was born in Alton, IL, and raised in nearby East Alton, where he graduated from East Alton-Wood River High School in 1984. He is a 1989 graduate of Murray State University, earning a bachelor’s degree in business administration. Following a 14-year career working in media relations and communications in Major League Baseball, he entered the healthcare industry where he serves as a surgical specialty administrator.

Michael and his fiancée, Jackie, reside in Southern Illinois, with their own menagerie of animals including dogs, goats, horses, and chickens.

Author Photo Credit: Juliana Barnerd
 

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Watch for the re-release of the novel Six Bits to come on 6 December 2021.

With only a mysterious telegram, improbable email, and antique newspaper as his guides, Jack London Clarke is thrust into an epic, unsuspecting journey of redemption and self-discovery.

Three days before Christmas, Jack issues a stunning ultimatum to his wife following a damaging confrontation over his suspected infidelity. As he prepares to flee his suburban Chicago home, a knock upon the front door delivers a most unlikely character, one who sets Jack’s personal life spinning out of control.

Consumed by entitlement, excess and temptation, Jack has grown ignorant to his own moral decay and hardened heart, which have alienated the three women who love him most. When his family turns up missing, he must face the reality of his ways and the realization that the life he once had—but never knew—may be lost forever.

While searching through a world not known to modern man, he stumbles upon welcoming strangers who reintroduce him to those things most important in life. Only when he confronts the skeletons of his past and empties his soul of the scars of a debauched childhood can he dream of ever seeing his family again.

EVOLVED PUBLISHING PRESENTS a metaphysical time-travel adventure that just might cause each of us to look inward in self-examination.
 
 

And watch for the re-release of the 4 short stories mentioned in Michael’s bio to come in the summer and fall of 2021.

 
RELEASE DATE: 4 October 2021

In the spring of 1933, a young girl experiences life beyond her small Mississippi farm, and learns an important life lesson that she’ll someday pass on to her own children.

EVOLVED PUBLISHING PRESENTS a quick short story that, at just about 5,000 words, is a perfect distraction from your busy day. You’ll also find at the end a special sneak preview of this author’s novel, A Debt of War.
 
 
 
 
 
RELEASE DATE: 1 November 2021

A young boy’s life is changed forever by a rock, a cat, and a second chance.

EVOLVED PUBLISHING PRESENTS a quick short story that, at just about 5,200 words, is a perfect distraction from your busy day. You’ll also find at the end a special sneak preview of this author’s novel, Six Bits.
 
 
 
 
 
 
RELEASE DATE: 6 December 2021

A man waiting for his train to depart meets an elderly woman waiting for hers to arrive. These two strangers share an impossible moment in time—a blessing—one the young man will never forget.

EVOLVED PUBLISHING PRESENTS a quick short story that, at just about 5,500 words, is a perfect distraction from your busy day. You’ll also find at the end a special sneak preview of this author’s novel, Six Bits.