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He learned values from Gunsmoke, ethics from Father Knows Best, and his place in the world from Ozzie & Harriet, but his life turned out much different.
A child of the fifties, Elliot Myers believed his parents, his teachers, his priest, and television when they promised him the American dream. Now at forty, and still living in his mother's tiny condominium, he knows they all lied. Embittered by a world that moved ahead and left him behind, Elliot finds one last chance to free himself of forty years of waiting and makes his first, and final, grasp at life.
Set in the early 1990's A Burden to the Earth explores regret over lost innocence, nostalgia for the past, and the cost of dwelling on both.
This books is written by Michael J. Sullivan but is a vast departure from his more commonly known Riyria Revelations and Riyria Chronicle books. As such, he'll be using a pen name to indicate to his readers that genere differences.
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Michael A. Mitty is the pen name of Michael J. Sullivan. As Mitty, Michael writes literary fiction. Under his own name he is best known for his fast-paced adventure series The Riyria Revelations.
After finding a manual typewriter in the basement of a friend's house, Michael inserted a blank piece of paper and typed: It was a dark and stormy night and a shot rang out. Well, he was just eight years old at the time, so we'll forgive him that trespass. But the desire to fill the blank page and see what doors the typewriter keys would unlock wouldn't let him go. For ten years Michael developed his craft by studying authors such as Stephen King, Ayn Rand, and John Steinbeck...just to name a few.
During that time he wrote ten novels, and after finding no traction in publishing, he gave up and vowed never to write creatively again.Michael discovered that never is a very long time, and he ended his hiatus from writing after a decade. The itch returned when he decided to create a series of books for his then thirteen-year-old daughter, who was struggling in school due to dyslexia. Intrigued by the idea of writing a series with an overarching story line, he created the Riyria Revelations which went on to be an Amazon Bestseller. After two and a half years, the first five books sold more than 60,000 copies and ranked in the top twenty of multiple Amazon fantasy lists, including #1 - #5 of Historical Fantasy simultaneously. In November 2010, he leveraged his success and received his first commercial publishing contract for three novels from Orbit Books (the fantasy imprint of Hachette Book Group, USA). In addition, Michael reached international status with foreign right translations including: France, Spain, Russia, Germany, and the Czech Republic.
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