Xandir has been exiled to earth until the end of time. But when his cherub trainee disappears, Xandir makes a deal with rogue angels and giants that could restore life to the mortal woman he loves and end his assignment as a destroying angel in exchange for helping them bring about the end of the world and all of mankind.
Michael is a graduate of Brigham Young University with a degree in German Teaching and a minor in Music. He puts his German to good use teaching online German courses for High School students. Though he grew up traveling the world with his military father, he now lives in Utah with his wife, Jen, and his two sons. Michael enjoys acting in community theater, playing and writing music and spending time with his family. He played for several years with the handbell choir Bells on Temple Square and is now a member of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.
He is the author of the novels THE CANTICLE KINGDOM, THE CANTICLE PRELUDE and THE LAST ARCHANGEL. He is also the author of the inspirational pamphlet PORTRAIT OF A MOTHER, a contributor to the anthologies PARABLES FOR TODAY and DARK STARS, the co-author of VOICES IN YOUR BLOOD and the author of several web serials through BigWorldNetwork.com. His most recent works are SING WE NOW OF CHRISTMAS, and CAROL OF THE TALES, two anthologies of short stories with the proceeds going to charity. He has also had work featured in various online and print magazines such as Mindflights, Meridian, The New Era,Allegory, and Ensign.
Interview . . .
What inspired you to write The Last Archangel?
It was my visits to the cathedrals of Europe, especially in France, Austria and Germany. The sculptures and stained glass there got me thinking about angels, and about the many different traditions about them.
What is your favorite part of writing?
I actually love the plotting phase. It is then that I get to try to put together this big plot puzzle and to be as creative as possible. It is really exciting to figure things out on a new plot for the first time.
If you had to be a character in your own books, which character would you be?
Probably Johann from my first book, The Canticle Kingdom. I love the world that he lives in, the adventures he gets to go on, the powers he attains and the company he keeps.
If you had to give "The Last Archangel" a theme song, what would the song be?
Beethoven's Fifth. That one is sometimes refered to as "fate knocking at the door." This fits really well with the idea of a destroying angel. If he's knocking at your door, you have met your fate.