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Michael L. Martin Jr. was born in Baltimore, Maryland in the United States of America and presently lives in New York.
As a child, he discovered a love for creating and showed an early gift for drawing, songwriting and storytelling. At six years old, he became the runner up of his third grade Dramatic Reading competition.
His teacher informed his parents that his reading voice was excellent enough that he might have taken first place if only he had looked up away from the book and gazed into the audience at least once as he read "There's a Dragon in My Wagon". But he was too shy.
STAIRCASE TO STAGE
Writing took a back seat to music throughout Michael's school years. His first tools for recording his own music were blank cassette tapes, instrumentals and two boom-boxes that his mom—who worked two jobs at the time—had purchased for him.
After Michael graduated high school, he built up an extensive catalog of recordings and stage performances as an artist. He spent about fifteen of his formative years in the music industry developing varied skills such as writing, producing and audio engineering.
In 2013, Michael joined Carnival Cruise Line as an Entertainment Technician where he held many responsibilities like equipment maintenance and theater management. Primarily, he ran the sound board every night for Carnival’s top Broadway-style production shows.
His background in performing on stage in front of live audience came in handy when the Cruise Director asked him to play the main role in Hasbro's CLUE: The Murder Mystery show. Once a week for six months straight he performed in the main theater as the victim, Mr. Boddy.
The roster of clients Michael has worked with include Ashlee Simpson, JAY-Z, Nick Jonas and Tim McGraw.
In 2018, Michael was brought on as Technical Services Manager at the College of Performing Arts at The New School in NYC where he serves as main technical lead, supervising a team of student assistants and audio engineer employees, and facilitates technical support for concerts and events.
ESTABLISHED WRITER, GHOSTWRITER & COACH
An idea for a novel came to Michael in 2001 but he didn’t believe he had the skills or the time to write a novel because he had put off writing while he pursued his music career. He never bothered to write a single word of that story as years flew by.
Yet, the story remained stuck in his subconscious. Seemingly, it wanted to be written. His Mom encouraged him to finally give it a try.
Within one month he completed a manuscript titled BURN IN HADES. It was published in late 2011 and Kindle Book Reviews voted it one of the Best Indie Books of 2012.
Today, Michael earns his income from ghostwriting both fiction and non-fiction for thought leaders and influencers and memoirs.
He also coaches other writers and helps them achieve their goals to generate self sustaining full-time incomes from their writing.
When Michael first started writing, he didn’t have a mentor. But if he feels strongly that if he had had someone to guide him through the writing process, it would have made a tremendous difference in his life. He'd likely have grown much faster in his craft as it would have helped him avoid some of the mistakes and pitfalls that every writer faces.
That’s why, in 2018, Michael started Story Writer Academy. Because sometimes writers need a bit of help, structure and accountability to be successful. Michael put together a system that he wishes that he had had in his career. Private 1-on-1 coaching means that Michael gets more context about the specific needs and goals his clients are trying to accomplish.
Story Writer Academy is also community of writers from different backgrounds that can help contribute and grow each other’s success. The private Facebook mentoring group, gives writers a place where they can get training, advice and support when working on your projects from people working just as hard and as passionately as each other. The community is held to the standard of actually helping each other grow and providing true value in each other’s lives.