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Michael Lindley

Ada, Michigan, United States

Michael Lindley has been writing professionally for years as a marketing and advertising executive. Recently he published his first work of fiction, a short story entitled, "Back to the River", in the literary outdoor magazine "Sporting Tales". This publication has also featured the work of Zane Grey and Ernest Hemingway.

Lindley will be releasing his first novel, "The Seasons of the EmmaLee", in December, 2005.

In "The Seasons of the EmmaLee", Lindley explores the deep and complex emotions of unexpected love, betrayal, murder and redemption as two families from different social classes find themselves tragically drawn together by the relationship of their son and daughter. Emily Compton is a young woman of privilege whose family lives in an exclusive summer resort club in Charlevoix, Michigan back before World War II. Her father owns the magnificent cruising yacht, the EmmaLee. Jonathan McKendry, son of a local boatyard owner finds himself drawn into their world by his fascination with the ship and attraction to the Comptonís daughter. A series of tragic events bring the two cultures crashing together while creating an even greater divide.

The story simultaneously tracks the meeting and relationship of two people decades later who are drawn together by the return of the EmmaLee to modern day Charlevoix. Sally Thomason, a descendant of the family that first owned the ship, struggles with overwhelming grief linked to her familyís history. She meets Alex Clark, the new owner of the EmmaLee, and as their relationship grows, they search for common ground to help each other move beyond the past to build new lives.

Published writer: Yes

Freelance: No


Published works:


  • The Seasons of the EmmaLee