Michal Ann McArthur

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About the Author

My father was an English professor and poet who exposed me at an early age to the love of language and great literature.

Before I could write my name, I was dictating stories to my mother, who patiently typed them. Although none went on to be best-sellers, my stuffed elephant seemed to appreciate them.

I fell in love with literary novels at age fourteen when I devoured The Grapes of Wrath. From that point on, I dreamed of creating literature with that kind of raw beauty and power.

Besides literary fiction, my other passion in life has been theology and philosophy, particularly epistemology and the question of the existence of God. After graduating from college with a BA in English, I went on to seminary to earn my MDiv. I taught in churches for years before deciding to devote myself full time to writing.

I have published more than 50 stories and articles. In 2012, I won both a gold and silver prize for my creative nonfiction. My work has appeared in such publications as the Oregon Report, the Goldman Review, and various Chicken Soup for the Soul books.

I live in Bend, Oregon, with my awesome tech-savvy husband and son. They rescue me regularly from my technology tangles and befuddlements. Our Michigan daughter and her husband are the parents of six rambunctious, charming children. Through the years, my husband and daughter have been my faithful editors and critics.

When I can sneak away from work, I enjoy hanging out with family and friends, reading good books, and doing anything outside in beautiful Central Oregon.