Michael A. Ventrella
Michael A. Ventrella was born in Richmond, Virginia on August 3, 1958. His father was an artist who did commercial graphics and his mother did her best to control Michael, his two brothers, and a sister.
After graduation, Mike worked primarily as a public defender; however, he also was a lobbyist for the liberal group Americans for Democratic Action (and later served as the Massachusetts chapter President for a year), taught political science courses at Bunker Hill Community College, and was a campaign manager for a state representative.
Mike is a regular fixture at science fiction conventions on the east coast, where he appears on panels to discuss fiction, animation, and gaming. His web page is michaelaventrella.coma and he can easily be found on Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, and other networking sites. His blog about writing (link at the web page) has interviewed many prominent science fiction and fantasy authors.