The debut duology, The Outlaw River Wilde – Book I, and Still Wilde in Outlaw River – Book II, from Mike Walters sprung from an idea while watching Ancient Aliens on the History channel. He intertwines his love of Native American culture and a passion for the Pacific Northwest, primarily his birth state of Oregon in the Supernatural Mystery. Mike sat down one day and started writing. The characters and story came to life as he wrote. “Every session was as if I were reading something new myself for the first time. It was great fun seeing what happened. I challenged myself by taking thoughts I have had over the years watching Ancient Aliens as well as my love of Native American culture and my experience with all the time I spent in the outdoors of the Pacific Northwest. Bringing these ideas together in a novel was more fun than I ever imagined.”
Mike is the Marketing Communication Manager at Massif in Ashland, Oregon. “I am fortunate to work for a company, Massif, that has a profound, and positive, impact on lives — daily. Getting up and going to work every day is a joy.” Founded in 1999 as Massif Mountain Gear, the company manufactures Flame-Resistant apparel, and a few years ago morphed into Massif. “Our technical apparel saves lives. I like to say it protects those, who protect us. Many people in the industry refer to our gear as “Gucci” gear because of its quality. We make everything from the thread on up.” Mike found his way back to his roots in Southern Oregon, thanks to a job offer from Massif, after several decades away living all over the world and the United States. He feels fortunate to be back where he was raised as his love of Oregon never left his heart.
Studying photography as a freshman in high school, Mike later took the passion and used it as a combat photographer in the United States Air Force. Besides his hiking and bicycling passion, Mike has a penchant for capturing the outdoors, via photos, on his Blackberry, which he often shares on Social Media. Often he breaks out his high-end Canon DSLR and “gets serious” with his photos, as he likes to say. Back in Oregon now, Mike has become enamored with Stand Up Paddleboarding and looks forward to Friday afternoons, and the weekends, where he can bike, Paddleboard and then visit one of the 151 wineries in Southern Oregon, often doing all three in the same day.
Off to the editors is Mike’s third novel, Hidden Beneath the Pines: All Families Have Secrets, Some Will Kill to Keep Them — a dark, whodunit mystery dealing with unexpected deaths and the chaos that ensues around murder, abduction, childhood abuse, and a family that wants to wish it all away. This novel, like the first two, takes place in and around Southern Oregon. Mike will continue to focus on Southern Oregon as the backdrop, or main character as he likes to say, for his novels. He has started his fourth, and plans on finishing later this year. As time permits, which seems to never be enough, Mike continues to market his supernatural duology, The Outlaw River Wilde, Book I, and Still Wilde in Outlaw River, Book II.