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Light On A Distant Shore Paperback – December 29, 2012
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About the Author
ABOUT THE AUTHOR Michael E. Sedgwick was born just before the outbreak of World War II in Hampshire, England, home of Jane Austen—one of his literary heroines. From the age of three in the early war years, he remembers spending many nights in a cold, damp backyard air-raid shelter, listening to bombs falling all around as the German Luftwaffe tried to destroy Britain’s most important naval dockyard in his home town of Portsmouth. Those memories are contained in one of his short stories, "The Shelter". At age twelve, reading Daphne du Maurier’s romantic suspense novel, "My Cousin Rachel", created a lifelong desire to write his own romantic suspense story. In 1961, Mike joined a multinational manufacturing company and spent thirty-seven years in a technical capacity, living and working in Wales, Belgium, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, and The United States. His writing experience during those years was in the form of technical reports and international communications. In 1981, he moved permanently to Saint Paul, Minnesota and made business visits to most countries except those behind the Iron Curtain at that time. During the 1970s and 80s his reading preferences included works by John Le Carré, Jane Austen, P. D. James, John Updike, Scott Turow, and Len Deighton among many others. His interest was particularly sparked by Len Deighton’s "The Bomber", which he believes is the finest novel he has ever read. In the 1980s, Mike began to write short stories, some of which were eventually published under the titles "Of Heaven & Earth" and "Report from Mars". His early desire to write romance was finally satisfied during a 2005 return to Hampshire, England when he visited Jane Austen’s home in Chawton. Twelve miles away in the village of Bramdean, he discovered the small church of Saints Simon & Jude, built in 1170 A.D. While seated on an ancient wooden pew, he sensed around him the spirits of thirty generations of parishioners baptized, married, and buried there. This experience inspired him to write his first novel, "Bramdean", a late 18th Century romance, which won first prize from Arizona Authors’ Association in 2010. The author’s writings span a wide range of fictional subject matter with novels focused on political intrigue, action and romance while his short stories cover humor, drama, murder, adventure, and horror.
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