Grew in Palo Alto and NYC. Younger me was a stage actor. Later, I founded Dubrovnik Shakespeare Festival in Dubrovnik, Croatia. I was critical of the tourist industry destroying that old town. Mayor told me, "Michael, just make theatre, do not try to change my city." But that is why I'm in this, to make a living but also fight for stuff I believe in. Too idealistic? Oh well, it's my life. Finally stopped drinking 13 years ago, then got serious. First novel "Cadaqués" published in 2012 with tiny press in Berlin, Germany, where I now live. US Embassy picked it up for their American Literature Series. Just wrote my 6th screenplay, DONKEY HOTEY SAVING AMERICA, a modern Don Quixote out to banish evil and save America from a politician like...you know.