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Mike Dunne

Milton, Florida, United States

More than twenty years ago, my senior English teacher urged me to enter the University of Tampa essay contest for young writers. I declined. There were many other things occupying my young mind at that time, none of them contributory to positive growth and well being.

Through the intervening years, I have often thought about the folly of that decision. Out of all the bad decisions I have made in my life, that one stands out as the choice I regret the most. I have resolved to erase that regret.

With resolution comes purpose. However, direction does not always follow purpose, as it should. Thus, my appearance at

Those twenty-odd years ago, a teacher saw something in me that indicated a talent for the written word. Yet talent does not naturally equate to achievement. What I seek at this venue is direction; a way to take the raw metal that is my writing talent (in whatever amount God has granted me) and forge it into something cohesive and beautiful.

I would show those who doubted me, including myself, that I can succeed. More importantly, I would show my children that it is never too late to catch your dreams.

Interests: My family, reading, writing and sports are a few of my interests.

Published writer: Yes

Freelance: Yes


Published works:


  • The Fire of Iblis