“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

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

Mike Tuggle Pencil Sketch (2)I’m a native North Carolinian whose ancestors arrived in the South in 1647. Raised on a tobacco farm near High Point, North Carolina, I enjoyed a childhood of outdoor living, including rambling through the countryside hunting, fishing, and searching for arrowheads. In college, I took a double major in history and English, and completed my M.A. in English at Wake Forest on a university fellowship. My master’s thesis examined the Civil War stories of Ambrose Bierce.

A life-long tinkerer and science geek, I worked in property and casualty underwriting, project management, and operations research for several large insurance companies. In 1986, I completed the course of study for the Chartered Property and Casualty Underwriter designation, the insurance equivalent of a CPA, and taught CPCU for several years. The North Carolina Department of Insurance certified me as an instructor of statistics for professional CE. I also served on the Property Committee of the North Carolina Rate Bureau,  working with long-range weather models to determine future rate recommendations.

My first computer was a Commodore 64. (Yes, I’m that old.) A Certified Novell Administrator®, and proficient in the object-oriented programming language Visual Basic, I wrote an  automated risk selection program that was adapted by the Jefferson-Pilot Corporation. I served on a computer-based underwriting project for Kemper Insurance, and was a member of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence.

My fantasy, science fiction, and mystery stories have been featured in several publications, including Mystery Weekly Magazine, Hexagon Speculative Fiction, and MetaphorosisNovel Fox  published my novella Aztec Midnight in December, 2014.

My literary role models include Ernest Hemingway, Flannery O’Connor, Robert E. Howard, and Mickey Spillane. In addition to fantasy, science fiction, and crime novels, my reading includes history, with emphasis on military history. I’ve given presentations on Stonewall Jackson’s Valley Campaign to several historical societies.

Here are the non-fiction books that have primarily shaped my 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, I’ve been married to Julie Tuggle since 1982 and am the proud father of a daughter, Jessica.


And there’s more!

My Internet Speculative Fiction Database entry

My Amazon page.





102 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. Thank you for visiting my blog and appreciating, It sure means a lot. I just did a piece on Edvard Munch’s Scream. Being an artist myself I”ve been fascinated by this one. Curious what you’d say.

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  4. 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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