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Michael Simon

Michael Simon - Editor

Princeton, New Jersey

Novelist with Ph.D. and major publications to help with your writing project. I've helped several writers realize their dream.

Overview

I'm the author of four novels published by Viking. I hold a Ph.D. in Performance Studies from the prestigious Tisch School of the Arts at New York University. I've taught writing classes for ten years.

I'm a writing coach, editor, book doctor and ghost writer. I don't just give notes, unless that's what you request. I highlight what works in your project and what can be developed or rearranged. I'll help you create a plan to carry that out, and I'll support you along the way. If you choose, I can take on some of the writing or rewriting tasks.

I can help with your novel, memoir or nonfiction book, thesis, dissertation, or other project.

I have help when I take on a major project. So should you.

Services
Languages
English (US)
Fiction
Crime & Mystery Humor & Comedy Literature Thriller
Non-Fiction
Arts & Architecture & Photography Religion & Spirituality

Awards

  • Amazon.com Top Ten Thrillers and Mysteries list

Portfolio (9 selected works)

Body Scissors (Dan Reles, Book 2)

Michael Simon

Set in the oil bust days of late 1980s Texas, Michael Simon’s explosive debut, Dirty Sally, introduced readers to Detective Dan Reles, Austin Homicide’s only New Yorker and its only Jew. In Body Scissors, a brand-new decade brings a new criminal web of intrigue and violence for Dan to untangle. It’s January 1991, and as America watches the bombs drop on Iraq at the start of Desert Storm, a bot... read more

Set in the oil bust days of late 1980s Texas, Michael Simon’s explosive debut, Dirty Sally, introduced readers to Detective Dan Reles, Austin Homicide’s only New Yorker and its only Jew. In Body Scissors, a brand-new decade brings a new criminal web of intrigue and violence for Dan to untangle. It’s January 1991, and as America watches the bombs drop on Iraq at the start of Desert Storm, a bot... read more

Dirty Sally (Dan Reles Mysteries)

Michael Simon

What James Ellroy did for L.A., Michael Simon now does for Austin, Texas, in the first of a series of ferociously paced crime novels. The time is the oil-bust year of 1988. The detective is Dan Reles, a New York–born Jew marooned among good ol’ boys and unhinged by the violent death of his partner. His career depends on solving the case of a murdered prostitute whose body is arriving in grisly... read more

What James Ellroy did for L.A., Michael Simon now does for Austin, Texas, in the first of a series of ferociously paced crime novels. The time is the oil-bust year of 1988. The detective is Dan Reles, a New York–born Jew marooned among good ol’ boys and unhinged by the violent death of his partner. His career depends on solving the case of a murdered prostitute whose body is arriving in grisly... read more

Little Faith

Michael Simon

In a desperate battle between big business and big religion, Texas homicide detective Dan Reles must solve a murder—and save himself A rich stew of murder and corruption connects the state capital, the oil industry, and a powerful evangelical church as Michael Simon returns to the Austin Homicide Squad and Detective Dan Reles, featured in the acclaimed thrillers Dirty Sally and Body Scissors. ... read more

In a desperate battle between big business and big religion, Texas homicide detective Dan Reles must solve a murder—and save himself A rich stew of murder and corruption connects the state capital, the oil industry, and a powerful evangelical church as Michael Simon returns to the Austin Homicide Squad and Detective Dan Reles, featured in the acclaimed thrillers Dirty Sally and Body Scissors. ... read more

The Last Jew Standing: A Novel

Michael Simon

Detective Dan Reles gets caught between his father and a gangster with a passion for other people?s pain Lieutenant Dan Reles has a new house, a beautiful wife, a son, and a great career as head of Austin Homicide. But when his ex-con father?a Mafia leg-breaker?shows up after twenty years on the lam, Dan learns that the sins of the father are, true to form, visited upon the son. Dan?s father h... read more

Detective Dan Reles gets caught between his father and a gangster with a passion for other people?s pain Lieutenant Dan Reles has a new house, a beautiful wife, a son, and a great career as head of Austin Homicide. But when his ex-con father?a Mafia leg-breaker?shows up after twenty years on the lam, Dan learns that the sins of the father are, true to form, visited upon the son. Dan?s father h... read more

Murder at Minsing Manor

Michael Simon

Advanced GroupsMystery/Farce / 8 m, 2 f (with doubling) / 1 set / The first Ridiculous Theatrical Company production by outside playwrights brims with irreverent wit. Horror show host Marius Mintsingue is killed on the air, much to the dismay of would be detectives Buddy and Bob (pubescent boys played by women) who are his biggest fans. Mintsingue's cross dressing lover, finds herself the head... read more

Advanced GroupsMystery/Farce / 8 m, 2 f (with doubling) / 1 set / The first Ridiculous Theatrical Company production by outside playwrights brims with irreverent wit. Horror show host Marius Mintsingue is killed on the air, much to the dismay of would be detectives Buddy and Bob (pubescent boys played by women) who are his biggest fans. Mintsingue's cross dressing lover, finds herself the head... read more

The Power to Change Today: Simple Secrets to the Satisfied Life

Gregory Dickow

How many people go through their days feeling dissatisfied or even feeling their lives have no purpose or meaning? Perhaps money, time or love seem in short supply. Or one doesn't have the body they'd like or the perfect job or the perfect mate. What kind of faith can give the strength and encouragement to break free from emotional and spiritual discontentment?In this debut work Pastor Dickow,... read more

How many people go through their days feeling dissatisfied or even feeling their lives have no purpose or meaning? Perhaps money, time or love seem in short supply. Or one doesn't have the body they'd like or the perfect job or the perfect mate. What kind of faith can give the strength and encouragement to break free from emotional and spiritual discontentment?In this debut work Pastor Dickow,... read more

My Racing Heart: The Passionate World of Thoroughbreds and the Track

Nan Mooney

When Nan Mooney was seven years old, she sat in her grandmother May-May's living room to watch her first horse race ... And so began a turbulent romance between a woman and a sport.Part memoir, part journey into the compelling world of Thoroughbred horse racing, My Racing Heart gallops headlong into the wild culture and fabulous creatures that rise up around a racetrack. Nan Mooney looks at th... read more

When Nan Mooney was seven years old, she sat in her grandmother May-May's living room to watch her first horse race ... And so began a turbulent romance between a woman and a sport.Part memoir, part journey into the compelling world of Thoroughbred horse racing, My Racing Heart gallops headlong into the wild culture and fabulous creatures that rise up around a racetrack. Nan Mooney looks at th... read more

The Latina's Bible: The Nueva Latina's Guide to Love, Spirituality, Family, and La Vida

Sandra Guzman

Do you speak in English but dream in Spanglish? Do you crave homemade tortillas but end up buying them ready-made at the supermarket? Is your papi chulo a blue-eyed gringo, or do you have a Latin lover whose español is better than yours? Listen up, hermanas: Today’s Latina is a bicultural mamita who lives and loves in two worlds—and one of them is brimming with rich ethnic traditions and stron... read more

Do you speak in English but dream in Spanglish? Do you crave homemade tortillas but end up buying them ready-made at the supermarket? Is your papi chulo a blue-eyed gringo, or do you have a Latin lover whose español is better than yours? Listen up, hermanas: Today’s Latina is a bicultural mamita who lives and loves in two worlds—and one of them is brimming with rich ethnic traditions and stron... read more

Amazing Gracie: A Dog's Tale

Mark Beckloff, Dan Dye

It was love at first sight. Amid the frenzied barking and prancing of a house full of Great Danes, one pup was shivering in the corner. Gracie. But when Dan Dye reached her, she struggled to her feet like a clumsy foal, raised her forehead to his, and announced, as clearly as if she had actually spoken the words, You know I'm the one. Now get me outta here! By turns funny, moving, tender, and ... read more

It was love at first sight. Amid the frenzied barking and prancing of a house full of Great Danes, one pup was shivering in the corner. Gracie. But when Dan Dye reached her, she struggled to her feet like a clumsy foal, raised her forehead to his, and announced, as clearly as if she had actually spoken the words, You know I'm the one. Now get me outta here! By turns funny, moving, tender, and ... read more

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