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Michael R. Underwood

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About this author

Mike is the author of:

The Ree Reyes urban fantasy series (Geekomancy, Celebromancy, Attack the Geek) about magicians who channel the power of popular culture.

Shield and Crocus, a superheroes-meets-epic fantasy novel where an aging revolutionary makes a deal with his most deadly foe to turn the tide of a fifty-year-long fight to free his city.

Forthcoming: Urban fantasy series The Younger Gods follows the white-sheep member of a family of demon-worshippers as he tries to stop his family from ending the world.

Mike started telling stories when he learned to talk and hasn't seen a reason to stop yet. He grew up playing video games, CCGs, RPGs, and many other delightful games with acronyms. As a teenager, the friendly local game store was his h

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Michael R. Underwood The hardest, but perhaps most important thing is that it takes time to get good. Chances are, you're going to have to put in a lot of work, write a…moreThe hardest, but perhaps most important thing is that it takes time to get good. Chances are, you're going to have to put in a lot of work, write a lot of words, that won't be fit for professional publication. I spent around a decade writing actively before my first novel was acquired, and I'd been writing casually for years before that.

But every story you write, every practice novel you write and then trunk, gets you that much farther along the road toward becoming the writer you want to be.(less)
Michael R. Underwood I make sure that I have a wide, diverse, and deep pool of inputs. I read, watch TV/movies, read comics, listen to music, and try to stay in touch with…moreI make sure that I have a wide, diverse, and deep pool of inputs. I read, watch TV/movies, read comics, listen to music, and try to stay in touch with people. I often think best out loud, so I will talk through ideas with people. I'm at the point where I've spent enough time writing, and gotten used to it being a part of my life, that I tend to get grumpy and listless if I spend too long not writing, even if it's outlining or brainstorming a story.(less)
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Geekomancy (Ree Reyes, #1)
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Celebromancy (Ree Reyes, #2)
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The Shootout Solution
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I’m very pleased to share the news that Macmillan Entertainment is going to be representing Genrenauts for TV/Film rights. This is not an option sale – it’s the equivalent of when I partnered with Jon Cassir at CAA a couple of years back for him to represent Geekomancy for media rights. This means that Macmillan Entertainment is sending the book out to producers, production companies, etc. and...

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Ferrett's first novel, FLEX, was hilarious and heartbreaking, inventive and intense.

THE FLUX is all of that and more - it digs deeper in every way - character, concept, and plotting, to deliver another phenomenal ride.
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""Hexomancy" is the perfect closer to the opening chapter of what I sincerely *hope* will become "the Ree Reyes SAGA."

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“Right now. Living. Aiming to misbehave or just trying not to fade away.”
Michael R. Underwood, Geekomancy

“Vampires used to be the Dracula types, but in the last ten years most of them have become weak, brooding androgynes that only go after teenagers. A friend of mine took the opportunity to rid his whole city of them after the forth Mormon Vamps book hit and the sparkle meme was at its strongest."

"So does that make Ms. Mormon Sparkle Vamp a hero?"

"Of a sort. Before they started to sparkle, there were a lot of vamps who were tortured antiheroes, thanks to Rice and Whedon."

Ree grimaced. "Do you know if she was clued in?"

Eastwood shrugged. "She's very secretive, no one in the Underground has been able to say for sure. It's all rumor. My guess is she lost someone to a vampire and decided the greatest revenge she could inflict was to turn them into a laughing stock.”
Michael R. Underwood, Geekomancy

“If our cover breaks in here, we’re toast. Worse that toast, we’re the crappy crumbs of carbon left at the bottom of a toster oven that I haven’t cleaned out in three months.”
Michael R. Underwood

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“I am a master of folklore - I should be able to throw folklore fireballs or something.”
Michael R. Underwood

“Rhiannon Anna Maria Reyes, (Strength 10, Dexterity 14, Stamina 12, Will 17, IQ 16 and Charisma 15 -- Geek 7 / Barista 3 / Screenwriter 2 / Gamer Girl 2) was Bryan’s secret weapon. Rhiannon (known to practically everyone as “Ree”) kept the café in fabulous baked goods, talked authoritatively about subjects from Aliens to Zork, and drew the attentions of countless lovelorn geeks.”
Michael R. Underwood, Geekomancy

“The room continued to spin though she was standing still, but her ears were hot. She felt like she'd just slammed three doubles of tequila and needed a fistfight chaser.”
Michael R. Underwood, Geekomancy

“Why should a man be scorned, if, finding himself in prison, he tries to get out and go home? Or if, when he cannot do so, he thinks and talks about other topics than jailers and prison-walls? The world outside has not become less real because the prisoner cannot see it. In using Escape in this way the critics have chosen the wrong word, and, what is more, they are confusing, not always by sincere error, the Escape of the Prisoner with the Flight of the Deserter. just so a Party-spokesman might have labeled departure from the misery of the Fuhrer's or any other Reich and even criticism of it as treachery .... Not only do they confound the escape of the prisoner with the flight of the deserter; but they would seem to prefer the acquiescence of the "quisling" to the resistance of the patriot.”
J.R.R. Tolkien, Tolkien on Fairy-stories

“You could not save him.” Dretta nodded. “But he saved you. And you, Merros Dulver, you are supposed to save us from these Sa’ba Taalor when they attack. That’s what I keep hearing. That you are a hero and will keep us safe from the people that killed my husband.” Her voice was calm as she looked away from him to layer slices of roast meat and bread on his plate. When she looked up at him again her eyes were dry. “Keep us safe. Keep me safe. And while you are doing that, I want you to find the bitch that murdered my man and I want you to carve her head from her body.” Her voice was still calm; as if she were discussing the crops she might plant on the last lands of her villa. “Bring me her head and prove to me that my husband made the right choice in dying for you.”
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