Meet Mike Jack
"May your travels be memorable,
and your adventures unbelievable."
~The Baron Would Be Proud
Mike Jack Stoumbos is a speculative fiction author, disguised as a believably normal high school teacher. He lives with his wife and their parrot, and can be found @MJStoumbos on Twitter and on his Amazon Author Page, but the best way to stay up to date is to subscribe to the mailing list. In his writing and teaching, Mike Jack strives to bring joy, humor, and compassion--especially in genre fiction, which could with fewer bleak and gritty stories.
Mike Jack grew up in the Pacific Northwest with his (big) Greek family among a rich culture of storytelling, and with a personal drive to create art. Even from an early age, he was drawing board games and comic books; he could be easily coaxed into reciting a Disney movie start-to-finish, including songs and character voices. He performed his first paying musical theatre role at age 11; wrote a novel (a whopping 220-thousand word saga) at 15; and produced his first stageplay at 17.
Before becoming a high school English teacher, Mike Jack spent a year working as a non-fiction writer and editor, as well as self-publishing The Baron Would Be Proud (2012), so he could bring his personal experience to the classroom. In the summer of 2019, Mike Jack made a commitment to prioritize his passion for writing, and has since been keeping daily word habits and braving the short-story submission circuit--with success.
Mike Jack has published short fiction in several anthologies since 2020 and won 1st place in the Writers of the Future Contest (2021). His space opera series, THIS FINE CREW, is published by Theogony Books of Chris Kennedy Publishing, starting with The Signal Out Of Space. In addition, Mike Jack has been appearing on panels and leading workshops, as well as writing articles for The Book Break. He continues to teach and tutor, to host workshops and write-ins for fellow authors, and to continue to churn his many ideas into stories.