Explore The Inspiring Writing Journey Of An Author & Coach

Michael Fields the author


The author, now retired, taught and coached in both public and private high schools in Ohio, Pennsylvania, California, New York, and Southeast Asia for thirty years. He has drawn on this experience to portray a "realistic and sometimes explosive" school environment. In 1967 the author met John Steinbeck in Northeast Thailand. John Steinbeck told him, "If you're going to do this, write about things you know, write about things you really care about. And don't quit your regular job." Following Steinbeck's advice, the author did both.

Michael Fields the author
A collage of Michael Fields and Barnes & Noble events in supermarket

Additional Background Information

Diploma: Monaca High School, Monaca, PA
B.S. Education: Edinboro University, Edinboro, PA
M.A. English: the University of Dayton, Dayton, Ohio

Work: Peace Corps/Southeast Asia; U.S. Dept. of State Fulbright Grant/Southeast Asia; International Voluntary Service/Southeast Asia; Christa McAuliffe Fellow: University of Stanford

Teacher/Coach: Piqua Catholic High School, Piqua, Ohio
Northern Chester Co. Tech School, Phoenixville, PA
Juniata Valley High School, Alexandria, PA
Chaparral High School, Temecula, CA
Mynderse Academy, Seneca Falls, NY                                                                                Wayland-Cohocton High School, Wayland, NY