A fifth-generation native of Perry, Florida, Michael Morris knows Southern culture and characters. They are the foundation and inspiration for the stories and novels he writes.
Michael started his career as a pharmaceutical sales representative and began writing in the evenings. The first screenplay he penned is still someplace in the bottom of a desk drawer.
While studying under author Tim McLaurin, Michael started the story that would eventually become his first novel, A Place Called Wiregrass. The debut book won the Christy Award for Best First Novel.
Michael’s second novel, Slow Way Home, was compared to the work of Harper Lee and Flannery O’Connor by the Washington Post. It was nationally ranked as one of the top three recommended books by the American Booksellers Association and named one of the best novels of the year by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
Publishers Weekly named his latest novel, Man in the Blue Moon, a best book of 2012 -- calling it “a magical and mesmerizing page-turner…with overtones of Flannery O’Connor and the rural Florida backdrop of Their Eyes Were Watching God.” Man in the Blue Moon was also an Indie Next List book club selection – ranking number three on the independent bookseller association’s list of recommended reads.
A finalist for the Southern Book Critics Circle Award, Michael’s essays have appeared in the Los Angeles Times, The Dallas Morning News and the Minneapolis Star Tribune. Michael is a graduate of Auburn University and holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Spalding University. He lives in Alabama with his wife, Melanie.