Thanks for visiting my site. I created this website to tell you about my writing and a little about myself, and to engage in a dialog with you.

My books are available in print and digital formats through the Book Table page on this website.

Affiliations and Background

I am a student of Jesus Christ. But don’t blame Him if you don’t like my work. All mistakes are mine.

I’m the middle son of three, which means I caused more fights than the other two. The house where we grew up barely survived.

I spent my childhood in Huntington Beach. Dad was a Navy ROTC engineer and Mom was an elementary schoolteacher, and both of them loved stories and reading, and instilled that in their sons. They also got us involved in music and sports.

When I got into my teen years I spent a lot of time at the beach bodysurfing and enjoying the sunshine during the day and bonfires at night. My first real job was cleaning up in a butcher shop, where I learned that blood and guts have their place. This lesson has served me well in my writing. I also had jobs carrying newspapers, making hamburgers, working in a boat shop, and delivering drugs. Legally.

At sixteen I couldn’t wait to own my own car and I convinced my parents I wouldn’t kill myself or anybody else if they let me spend my wages on a 1969 Roadrunner (383 ci, Edelbrock cam, Holley 4-barrel carb, etc.). Here’s a picture of it.
Mike Roadrunner

Yes, that’s me with blond hair, bare feet, and bell bottoms. It happened.

A few months later, when my dad accompanied me to a court appearance, he surprised me by telling the judge I was going to sell that car. Speeding wasn’t the dumbest thing I did, but it was on the list.

I went to college at the University of Southern California, where I met some crazy people and experienced as much of LA as I could afford at that age, and also took a fiction writing workshop with a young author who had just published his first book of short stories. His name was TC Boyle, and during my senior year he was kind enough to work with me as my academic adviser in an internship program. His encouragement gave me the nerve to keep writing, and I finished my first novel before graduation.

Publishers failed to beat a path to my door, so I got a job with a bank in Beverly Hills. My experiences there contributed to the setting of Cash Burn, but everything else about Cash Burn is purely fictional. No banks you’ll find in my LinkedIn Profile were harmed in the making of that novel. I worked there for 10 years, then moved to San Diego and did some time with a few other banks before 2005, when I joined colleagues I’d worked with at other organizations to start Square 1 Bank. After going public in 2014 with offices nationwide working with entrepreneurs and the investors that sponsor them, our bank was purchased by Pacific Western Bank in 2015. (All postings here are my own and do not necessarily reflect the views of PacWest.)

Now that my fifth novel, Successionis out, I have a few others in the queue. So stand by.


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  1. William Steiskal July 27, 2011 at 2:17 am #

    Good to see those creative juices are still flowing Mike. It’s been a long time. You, Jim, and Mona have been in my thoughts. Congratulations on a successful career and the birth of your new book. Warm Regards.

    • Michael Berrier July 29, 2011 at 7:18 pm #

      Great to hear from you, Billy! Let’s connect on FB or LinkedIn so we can stay in touch.
      – Mike

    • Kasey Salgado December 1, 2014 at 9:44 pm #

      Hello Micheal, I read Cash Burn and loved the characters and the way the story unfolded. I burned through it in four days. I met you at North Coast when you gave a talk, thank you for the Q and A. I hope to be able to ask you a couple more questions. Kasey

      • Michael Berrier December 2, 2014 at 4:26 am #

        Hi Kasey. I’m glad you enjoyed Cash Burn. I’ll reach out via email.

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