He received a Bachelor’s degree from St. Mary’s College, a Master’s degree from California State University, Hayward, and several teaching and administrative credentials.
Mr. Herr spent 34 years in education first as a teacher (San Francisco Unified, Mt. Diablo Unified) and then as an administrator (Vice Principal Mt. Diablo Unified, Assistant Director and Director of Adult and Continuing Education Martinez Unified).
He and his wife, Barbara, to Rossmoor, in Walnut Creek, California, in May 1998. Two years later, in January 2000, Mr. Herr retired. He has a son and daughter-in-law and two grandchildren who reside in Santa Cruz.
Michael’s wife, Barbara, was born in Honolulu. Her relatives can be found on every island in Hawai’i.
Michael and Barbara travel to Kau`i every year and spend three weeks at their timeshare.
Mr. Herr gave up writing when he began teaching and did not begin writing again until after his retirement. He published his first book, The Kaua’i Obake Bar, in March 2005. He published his second book, Is ‘Chicken Skin’ a Local Delicacy?, in November 2005. Mr. Herr published his first mystery / thriller, The Bones of the Kuhina Nui, in April 2006. He published, The Old Queen’s Murder, the sequel to Bones, in April 2007. The third book in what was now a series, The Old Queen’s Treasure, was published in March 2008. The fourth book, The Old Queen’s Guardians, was published in November 2009. The fifth and current book in the series, The Old Queen and the Maui Maiden, was published in 2011. The Kohala Coast Mystery series is set primarily on the Big Island of Hawaii, though much of the action in the latest book takes place on Maui.
Mr. Herr has also written a Young Adult book, set on Kauai, that is available only as an ebook at present.
All of Mr. Herr’s work is noted for its references to Hawaiian culture and cultural practices.
As of today Mr. Herr has sold over 7,000 copies of his books in both paperback and ebook format.
And now from the author himself:
Life is hardly begun before it’s over
I turned 70 in December, older than I ever dreamed I’d be, and began to wonder what, if anything I had accomplished.
Most of my life seems to have happened while I was looking elsewhere. I graduated high school, having avoided death from a ruptured appendix. During that same period I also avoided killing someone with my shotgun. But I lost my girlfriend, the only one I had ever had up until graduation. I went on to college and during my sophomore year I met the girl / woman who was to become the love of my life. Counting our college years we’ve been together for 50 years now.
Together my wife and I produced a handsome and intelligent son who, just as my hope was about to expire, found and married the love of his life. And they gave us the next love of our lives, our granddaughter and grandson.
The books I write are set in Hawaii because of my deep love for the islands. My wife first led me their while I was still in college and we were not married. The islands of Hawaii found a home in my heart immediately. We continue to return each year. The books I write are filled with my memories of these islands, and with all that I have learned about the islands over the years.
I started out writing humorous / spooky stories, but found that people would rather read stories filled with death and violence. I don’t write the violent stories that I read from more-famous authors, but my characters do encounter death quite often. My characters also encounter problems with which I am familiar — conflict with other family members, poor choices that lead to difficulties, and even diseases such as Alzheimers.
My Kohala Coast Mystery / Thriller series is currently five books long. A sixth book resides in my computer, waiting only for me to return and finish it. Following my publication of that book, I intend to do a crossover book. I will bring the characters from my mystery / thriller series back in time to interact with the characters from my first two books. I just have to figure out how to kill a ghost.
I love technology. The expansion of ebooks and ebook readers has allowed me to reach many more people. I hope that you can be one of them.
Mahalo and Aloha,
Michael A Herr
(no, not the Michael Herr who wrote Dispatches)
I just have to figure out how to kill a ghost”. I love it! Thank you, Michael. You can find more about Michael and his writing via his website: http://www.michaelherr.com.
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