James Russell Lowell was a Harvard grad who is described in the U.S. Library of Congress as "somewhat of a vagrant of late years." If writing today, he would be perfect for us.
Dan was born in and grew up in and around Detroit, attending the former East Detroit High School (Go ☘️ Shamrocks); Wayne State University downtown; and later completing his undergrad at Southern New Hampshire University. He finished half of a two-year MFA in creative writing before his VA education benefits finally winked out.
He has worked as a color timer and processor in an automated photo lab; as a stock chaser in a Chrysler stamping plant; and as a warehouse rat on 100-degree summer days. He spent seven years on active US Army duty, mostly as a long-duration undercover Military Police Investigator, serving five years in Germany in two trips.
Most of his civilian work life was spent on staff at and for magazines. He was an Associate Editor at AutoWeek; the Detroit Editor at Popular Mechanics; and the National Editor at both Motor Trend and Car and Driver.
“For Tom Clancy fans who like their characters strong and the hardware cool—don’t miss this.”
— Doug Richardson
screenwriter of DIE HARD 2 and BAD BOYS, author of the LUCKY DEY crime series
Dan became a senior enlisted Navy Journalist in October 1986, with annual deployments to places such as Manila, the Philippines; Germany; and New Orleans covering Mardi Gras. He was the only Navy photographer on the only US warship to attend the 300th Anniversary of the Russian Navy, in St. Petersburg. Not the Florida one.
After his magazine career, Dan served in a series of executive public relations roles at Tier 1 automakers and agencies before the events of September 11, 2001. By March 2002, he had accepted a 37-month by-name recall to active US Navy duty as the senior enlisted public affairs manager at Naval Facilities Engineering Command and as the chief journalist of the Seabees. He retired from the Navy Reserve in July 2010 as a Chief Petty Officer.
A Detroit ex-pat, he lives in Lima, Ohio with a yellow MINI Cooper R60, where he is finishing the second storm cell novel, Force Majeure.
Mike Hancock is a former college linebacker, was a commercial fisherman in Dutch Harbor, Alaska—and a big-game hunting guide for seven years in the Montana's Bob Marshall Wilderness, the Wind River Range in Wyoming, the Selway Wilderness in Idaho and the Gila Wilderness in New Mexico. His extraordinary experience in outdoor adventure fueled his knowledge and passion for historical adventure writing, resulting in Fallen, his debut novel.
The compelling novel was originally published by Black Rose in 2014. Mike is revising and expanding this thrilling historical adventure story for publication by Force Poseidon in 2019.
“Hancock displays skillful prose and a heart wise in the intricacies of love and grief. This is good storytelling.”
— Richard Adams Carey
author of In The Evil Day and Raven's Children: An Alaskan Culture at Twilight
This work explores the commonalities of the human condition across culture and time, centered on Grey Bear, a 19th-Century Piegan warrior, and Calvin, a modern day young hunting guide. His untitled work-in-progress is a contemporary YA adventure novel set in Texas, Mexico, and England, chronicling the journey of a Hispanic teenager as she endures abuse and hardship, sails across an ocean, gets held captive by a drug cartel, but ultimately finds love and resolution. It is set for release in 2019.
Mike's fiction has appeared in numerous literary journals. He holds a BA in English Literature and an MFA in Creative Writing, and today teaches the English dual-credit program at Port Isabel High School, in Port Isabel, Texas, via Texas Southmost College. He lives in South Padre Island, Texas, where he enjoys saltwater fishing, sailing, off-road treks in his Jeep, and taking the odd jaunt to Mexico.