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Mike McClelland

Current Vocation: Writer
Before becoming a writer, I worked as a gravedigger, wedding singer, antique salesman, and as a marketing strategy director for clients like Toyota, MillerCoors, and Buffalo Wild Wings. Like Sharon Stone and the zipper, I am originally from Meadville, Pennsylvania. I have lived on five different continents but now resides in Georgia with my husband, our two sons, and a menagerie of rescue dogs. I am the author of the short fiction collection Gay Zoo Day (Beautiful Dreamer Press, 2017), which won the Independent Book Publishers Association's Silver Benjamin Franklin Award for LGBT Literature, and I'm a student in UGA's Creative Writing PhD program. I'm also a graduate of Allegheny College, the London School of Economics, and the MFA Program at Georgia College. I also love running, video games, and going to the movies.

Interests and Accomplishments

  • I am a trained opera singer and has performed across the United States and in the United Kingdom, South Africa, Australia, and Hong Kong.
  • I am an avid video game player.
  • I try to run at least one marathon a year.
  • I am the world’s biggest Serena Williams fan.

Top 5 Films

  • Suspiria (Dario Argento)
  • Alien (Ridley Scott)
  • Halloween (John Carpenter)
  • The Wizard of Oz (Victor Fleming)
  • Beauty and the Beast (Gary Trousdale and Kirk Wise)

Top 5 Books

  • Circe (Madeline Miller)
  • The Historian (Elizabeth Kostova)
  • Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell (Susanna Clarke)
  • The Lord of the Rings trilogy (J.R.R. Tolkien)
  • The Kinsey Millhone series (Sue Grafton)

Top 5 Songs

  • On Your Way Home (Patty Loveless)
  • Telephone  (Lady Gaga and Beyoncé)
  • Starships (Nicki Minaj)
  • To Love You More (Celine Dion)
  • Still the One (Shania Twain)