“A talented, veteran writer.” — J.W. Stebner, editor of Hexagon Speculative Fiction Magazine

“Tuggle blends edge-of-your-seat scenarios with realistic and genuine dialogue.” — Kate Seabury, editor of Manhattan with a twist

“Tuggle skillfully ends most his sections with hooks redolent of the weekly movie suspense serials that provided filler between Saturday matinee double features.” — Gordon Osmond, author of Slipping on Stardust

Mike Tuggle Pencil Sketch (2)M.C. Tuggle is a native North Carolinian whose ancestors arrived in the South in 1647. Raised on a tobacco farm near High Point, North Carolina, he enjoyed a childhood of outdoor living, including rambling through the countryside hunting, fishing, and searching for arrowheads. In college, he took a double major in history and English, and completed his M.A. in English at Wake Forest University on a Wake Forest fellowship.

His interests in language and computers led him into a career in property and casualty underwriting, project management, and operations research for several large insurance companies. In 1986, he completed the course of study for the Chartered Property and Casualty Underwriter designation, the insurance equivalent of a CPA. He taught CPCU for several years. The North Carolina Department of Insurance certified him as an instructor of statistics for professional CE. He also served on the Property Committee of the North Carolina Rate Bureau, where he worked with long-range computer models to determine future rate recommendations.

His first computer was a Commodore 64. (Yes, he’s that old.) A Certified Novell Administrator®, and proficient in the object-oriented programming language Visual Basic, Mike served on automated risk selection projects for two insurance companies. He was also a member of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence.

M.C. Tuggle’s fantasy, science fiction, and literary short stories have been featured in several publications, including Mystery Weekly Magazine, Hexagon Speculative Fiction, and MetaphorosisNovel Fox  published his novella Aztec Midnight in December, 2014.

He considers Ernest Hemingway, Flannery O’Connor, Robert E. Howard, and Mickey Spillane as the authors who have most influenced his writing. In addition to fantasy, science fiction, and crime novels, his reading includes history, with emphasis on military history. He has given presentations on Stonewall Jackson’s Valley Campaign to several historical societies.

Here are the non-fiction books that have primarily shaped his worldview:

The Resurgence of the Real, by Charlene Spretnak
Meditations, by Marcus Aurelius
Sociobiology, by E. O. Wilson
The March of Folly, by Barbara Tuchman
African Genesis, by Robert Ardrey
Visions of Order, by Richard Weaver
On Aggression, by Konrad Lorenz

An avid weightlifter, electronic tinkerer, collector of American Indian relics, and student of martial arts, he has been married to Julie Tuggle since 1982 and is the proud father of a daughter, Jessica.


And there’s more about me!

The Internet Speculative Fiction Database

My Amazon author’s page.





97 thoughts on “About”

  1. lol – my first was a Kaypro, Mike (and wrestled with Novelle as a sysadmin for a short bit) – so I’m just a few years behind you, tech-wise. NOT a numbers cruncher, however – so we are not alike in that regard.

    I follow Sally, but somehow missed her blurb on The Genie Hunt or I might have found you sooner. I’ll most certainly be back.
    (Madelyn Griffith-Haynie – ADDandSoMuchMORE dot com)
    ADD/EFD Coach Training Field founder; ADD Coaching co-founder
    “It takes a village to educate a world!”

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  2. Mike: just a quick note to say thank you for finding my Blog – mainly because it led me back to yours. I’ve really enjoyed reading through your content and I’m really looking forward to more going forward. Many thanks and Best Regards. Brian

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  3. I came upon your blog thanks to Bette Stevens, a poet and writer in Maine. I’m so glad she mentioned your name in the post on 7/29/2019. I look forward to reading more of what you’re writing. Thanks for choosing to follow my blog at Life in the Slow Lane.

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“Tuggle ably captures the spirit of Dan Brown novels and Indiana Jones–style adventure stories.” Kirkus Reviews

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