The oldest of five boys, Mikel usually goes by “Mik” (as in Jagger). He developed a love for fantasy at a young age when his father read The Hobbit and The Chronicles of Narnia to him before bed. At an early age, Mik was diagnosed with minor cerebral palsy and essential tremors, for which he underwent years of physical therapy. He grew up in Maryland, D.C, and GA and was regularly moving. Moving out at 18, he earned a degree in criminal justice while supporting himself and working full-time. He met his future wife in college, and after graduation, his wife started teaching English. Mik spent time working on a farm, then an airport, and now works with a background check company in South GA, all the while pursuing his love of fantasy and writing.