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Writer turned Author

Trimble County native Craig
has first novel published

By Ruth Wright
Staff Writer

(February 2003) – Trimble County, Ky., native Michael D. Craig will have his first novel, “In Excess,” published in 2003 by Writers Showcase Press.
Craig, 32, is a 1987 graduate of Trimble County High School in Bedford, Ky. After high school, Craig attended the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, where he obtained a bachelor’s degree in journalism.
Craig said he has been fascinated with the written word since he was a young boy and knew that he wanted to be a published author one day.
Before his writing career took off, he supported himself by working at a nursery, tutoring students in Spanish, which he speaks fluently, and working as a bi-lingual operator for a major credit card company. His first writing job was for True Story magazine.
“The pay wasn’t great, but it was a fantastic learning experience and helped me hone my writing craft,” said Craig.
Craig realized a career milestone with the March 2001 publication of his first nonfiction work, “The Totally Awesome 80s Pop Music Trivia Book,” by iUniverse.com.
The success of his first volume of trivia was followed in May 2001 by “The Totally Awesome 80s TV Trivia Book,” also published by iUniverse.com, and “Who’s That Girl? The Ultimate Madonna Trivia Book,” published in December 2001 by Writers Club Press.
“Being a child of the 80s, I was greatly influenced by the pop culture of the era, which was why I decided to write my non-fiction books,” he said.
The success of the books created an interest in his work from fiction publishers. “I’ve always wanted to segue into fiction writing, and my non-fiction success gave me that opportunity,” Craig said.
“In Excess” is the story of seven very different individuals and the lives they lead after graduating from high school in the early 1980s.
The story spans 16 years and crosses four continents, following the heights of fame and the depths of misery of the seven memorable characters.
Craig said that his imagination supplied most of the background for his book. Occasionally, however, he used the Internet as a research tool when he wrote about unfamiliar topics.
For example, one of the main characters, a world-famous athlete, becomes addicted to steroids, so Craig got information about the drug online.
He has also traveled around the world over the years and has used his travels to inspire the exotic settings in the book. Craig said that the novel, which he began in 1997, was greatly influenced by the works of authors he grew up reading, including Jackie Collins, Sidney Sheldon and Harold Robbins.
Most of Craig’s family members still live in the Trimble County area, including his father and stepmother, Barry and Diane Craig, who say they are proud of Michael’s accomplishments.
Diane Craig said she always encouraged Michael to do what was in his heart to do and that was to write. “Writing’s always been his passion,” she said.
Craig currently lives in Charleston, S.C., where he is working on a new novel titled, “Boomslang,” the story of a famous actress from Kentucky who is bitten by the venomous boomslang snake while filming a documentary in South Africa and leaving her face disfigured.
In addition to writing books, Craig also authors a popular online gossip column, “The Retro Dish with Michael D. Craig.” It is located online at: www.retrolane.com/dish.html.
On the site, Craig dishes out the latest information on Hollywood’s favorite celebrities and pop culture icons. Craig’s trivia books are currently available at www.amazon.com.

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