Michael J. Solender lives in Charlotte, North Carolina with his wife Harriet where they obsess over their garden. He hails originally from the sometimes frozen tundra of Minneapolis, MN. There he ignored (only once) his mother’s advice to pursue a career in medicine and became a Corporate Klingon.

A recent corporate refugee, Solender foolishly turned to writing as his salvation. His work has been featured in the New York Times, the Huffington Post, Southern Living, NASCAR Illustrated, American City Business Journals, SouthPark Magazine, Carolina Mountain Life, Charlotte magazine, Creative Loafing, Minnesota Magazine, Ocean Home Magazine, The Faster Times,The Jewish Daily Forward, The Raleigh News & Observer, The Richmond Times Dispatch, TravelConnect, The Winston-Salem Journal, Richmond Style Weekly, and many others. He is a regular contributor to the Charlotte Observer where he writes about travel, faith, the arts, business and pop culture. Solender’s thriller, Pewter Badge, was awarded the 2011 Derringer Award for Best Short Story by the Short Mystery Fiction Society.

He is the author of the short story and poetry chapbook, Last Winter’s Leaves, published by Full of Crow Press. His essay, Unaffiliated, is featured in the anthology, Topograph: New Writings From The Carolinas and the Landscape Beyond, published by Novello Festival Press.

Solender is the editor for MICROW, a semiannual publication of very short stories and prose.

If you send him a dollar, he will be your friend.

Michael hasn't saved anything yet.