Michael J. Daley has enjoyed a lifelong love of science, spaceships, and science fiction. His novel, Shanghaied to the Moon (Putnam, 2006), was a co-winner of the 2008 Golden Duck Award for middle grade fiction given at WorldCon. He humbly reports that his fast-paced, concise writing style has been compared to Heinlein. He is currently about to release (beginning July 1) a near future, solar-powered NASCAR racing thriller as a serialized novel delivered directly to readers' emails. It is an experiment in self-publishing.
Michael writes his stories on a solar-powered laptop in a 5-foot-by-5-foot square tower room. This keeps him well acquainted with the cramped conditions in spaceships and space stations! His middle grade and young adult readers include Space Station Rat (Holiday House, 2005; finalist Oklahoma Sequoya Children's Book Award, the Rhode Island Children's Book Award, South Dakota Children's Book Award) and Rat Trap (Holiday House, 2007; finalist 2010 Vermont Dorothy Canfield Fisher state award list)
The Rats and Shanghaied are now all available as E-books with Open Road Media.
He branches out in the children's field with two early readers, Pinch and Dash Make Soup (Charlesbridge) and Pinch and Dash and the Terrible Couch (Charlesbridge), and a board book, Beach Socks (Star Bright Press).
Michael also writes non-fiction: At Home with the Sun (his first self-published title, still in print since 1995), Nuclear Power: Promise or Peril (Lerner, 1997), and Amazing Sun Fun Activities (McGraw-Hill, 1998, and now back-in-print for order directly from his website). Michael keeps his hand in renewable energy education by conducting Pizza Box Solar Oven building workshops so kids can cook their own solar s'mores. He shares his writing skills with kids, along with his writer-wife, Jessie Haas, as co-mentors in the Maple Leaf Writing Contest for 5th & 6th graders held in Brattleboro, VT schools. He lives in a solar powered home in Westminster, VT that he and Jessie built themselves.