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Near Seattle
About Me:
Famous (in my own living room) author of the Emerson Ward mystery series, featuring a Chicago-based freelance writer and reluctant amateur sleuth who has been called "a modern-day knight errant" (Barbara D'Amato), "Travis McGee in Chicago" (Jeremiah Healy), and "as complex as the issues with which [he] wrestle[s]" (Wes Lukowsky, Booklist
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Reader, Writer
Books And Authors I Like:
Mysteries, mysteries, mysteries, from Nancy Drew and Judy Bolton to Jeff Parker, Robert Parker, James Lee Burke, Michael Connelly, Chris Grabenstein, Rick Riordan, Laurie King, Carl Hiaasen, Elmore Leonard Jonathan Lethem, Jess Walter, Sean Doolittle and everything in between.
Movies And TV Shows I Like:
Law & Order (the original), Boston Legal, Studio 60, Brothers & Sisters.
Author Interview Now Online
To hear the ReaderViews.com interview about Island Life with author Michael W. Sherer, click here.

Early reviews of my new stand-alone suspense novel Island Life are coming in. Check them out. The novel comes out in March, 2008, from Five Star. “Beautifully written and richly nuanced, Island Life by Michael W. Sherer transcends the usual suspense tale. No one will be able to resist rooting for Jack Holm as he fights for his son, his daughter, and ultimately his own soul when his wife is found dead and he's arrested for the crime. Full of insider details and psychological insight, this taut tale takes the reader into the darkest recesses of the human heart. Sherer is an artist, and his work is powerful.” —Gayle Lynds, New York Times bestselling author of The Last Spymaster “In a shift from his Emerson Ward mysteries (Death is No Bargain, 2006, etc.), Sherer creates a suspenseful tale of a family stressed by the conflicts murder reveals.” —Kirkus Review

Island Life is a terrific novel of a tortured husband doing his best to deal with a missing wife and his therefore motherless children. Michael W. Sherer is a seasoned pro who adopts a fascinating narrative voice: While the plot is developed through the first-person voice of Jack Holm, the reader is provided back-story through short prelude scenes of Jack with his psychotherapist, trying to work through why his wife might have left her family. A truly different and fascinating story.” —Jeremiah Healy, author of Turnabout and The Only Good Lawyer

(More information coming soon at www.islandlife-thebook.com.

Visit me at www.emersonwardmysteries.com or www.michaelwsherer.com.

Death Is No Bargain The fifth in the Emerson Ward series, DINB is available online.

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I Love Reviews

The good, bad and ugly, I love reviews. Here's the early take on NIGHT BLIND, the first novel in the Blake Sanders thriller series, out in October, 2012.


“Sherer’s NIGHT BLIND is the type of story I crave—a deep mystery wrapped in an impossible to put down thriller. This is a novel that will keep you up late, and force you out of bed early to start reading again. Loved every page of it.”

—Brett Battles, author of SICK and the Jonathan Quinn…


Posted on August 29, 2012 at 10:24am


Used to be, in the publishing industry, writers could find mentors. Older writers who'd been there, done that. Editors who took writers under their wing and nurtured their careers. Friends who served as early readers and kind critics. Are there such people anymore?

Now, editors are green kids out of college who couldn't edit their way out of a grocery bag with a typo, writers don't know where their next contract is coming from, and friends don't have time.

Anyone who has… Continue

Posted on February 18, 2009 at 3:30am — 1 Comment

Disturbing Trend Or Sign Of The Times?

We all know how fiercely competitive the publishing world, especially the mystery field, has become. Legions of readers are trying their hand at writing to varying degrees of success. Anyone who’s tried to get a novel published also knows that talent is only one part of the equation, and a small one at that. There’s a lot of luck involved.

Someone once said “I’d rather be lucky than talented,” and I often think the same thing. But luck is harder to change than talent, so I constantly… Continue

Posted on July 27, 2008 at 11:14am

If You Build It, Will They Come?

At LCC in Denver recently, I had the wonderful fortune of moderating a panel on the creative process titled “Where Ideas Come From.” Imagining the four delightful, witty, smart women on the panel (Donna Anderson, Jane Cleland, Alex Sokoloff and Penny Warner) might have an even greater affinity for the analogy than I, I suggested writing books, mysteries, is a little like being pregnant. The germ of an idea gets planted in a writer’s mind and gestates.

Within six weeks of the… Continue

Posted on May 31, 2008 at 9:51am

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Hey, everybody, please check out my new book video. Like many here, I'm essentially computer-illiterate, and therefore justifiably proud that I actually produced and posted this video trailer without help from my technically savvy kids.

Let me know what you think. Thanks.


Posted on January 7, 2008 at 6:21am — 1 Comment

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At 5:03am on December 22, 2008, Sheri Fresonke Harper said…
I hope you have a merry Christmas and happy holiday season :) Sheri
At 11:30pm on December 17, 2008, david boggis said…

Thanks for leaving me a message - I hope that amounts to a Friend Request, in which case many thanks. I;m Brit, living in Brittany, NW France, but I know Seattle a little (particularly West Seattle) and I adore the place.
Has your book found a publisher yet? If so, please let me know - I'd like to read anything with a Seattle setting.
Best, David
At 4:00am on July 5, 2008, Cynde L. Hammond said…

I wish I could have gotten this tag for you in Michael, but there wasn't enough time. (I sure hope Mike is ok with you)
Have a wonderful and safe Fourth of July!

At 9:14am on May 21, 2008, Stephanie Johnson said…
Hi Michael,
Thanks for filling me in on your association with Ed Goldberg. I'm glad to hear my uncle was instrumental in getting you published--that's awesome. Yeah, Ed is a pretty terrific guy! We're glad he's part of the family!

Best wishes,

At 6:21am on May 15, 2008, Colin Galbraith said…
Hi Michael,

I just checked out your video promo for Island Life - what can I say, it's fantastic. Hope it's doing well - I'll be buying a copy on the basis of that vid alone!

At 6:17am on May 4, 2008, Cynde L. Hammond said…
Hi, Michael! I am so honored that you have invited me to be your friend here on "Crime Space" and I look forward to getting to know you better. Congratulations on your new book, "Island Life!" Now that I know who you are and what your books are all about (they sound awesome, by the way!), I'm going to be sure to read them as soon as possible and let you know what I think. I believe it's important to always support your friends and now that you're a new friend of mine, please feel free to call on me if you need me, ok? Talk to you soon. Thanks again, ~Cynde
At 2:25am on May 4, 2008, TJ Morris said…
Thank you Michael W. Sherer's for the friend list invitation. I like your website and see that you are on the same reader/writer path on earth that I investigate as well. Many speculate that my specialist field as an investigator lends my energy more toward humanities chances that we may catch a break and actually make it past 2012 and my sharing information with online seekers is a way of sharing knowledge with others. This Crimespace, a place for readers and writers of crime fiction to meet, I hope will welcome my type of crimespace genre writing of future crimes. My husband is Thomas Morris and he is also a wellknown artist and writer. He concentrates on military crimes and spy novels. But, we both have an eclectic lifestyle and write as a passion. Thank you for inviting me to this website. I salute you and recognize you as a fellow reader/writer.
I also do biographies and enjoy UFOlogy as a writer's craft/investigations of trace evidence.
At 9:06pm on May 1, 2008, Lia said…
Hi Michael

Thanks for the add . Another book for my list !

At 4:30pm on May 1, 2008, Jessica said…
Thanks for the add, Michael!
At 3:02pm on May 1, 2008, Jennie Msangi said…
Thanks for the invite! And good luck with everything.

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