Mike Brooks was born in Edinburgh, grew up in south Manchester, and now lives in London.
After completing a psychology degree at the University of Central Lancashire, he trained as a journalist and went on to work for various newspapers and publications in Manchester, Yorkshire and London. He is currently the editor and communications manager for an international development agency.
His first outing in fiction was the satirical comic book The Big Holy One, published by HarperCollins, which poked fun at religious extremism, thereby delighting non-conformists and enraging fundamentalists.
His taste for quirky off-beat literature continued with the publication of Al McNac’s Almanac, a spoof 19th century almanac, which contained elements of steam punk before the term had been coined. Next came a number of short story projects.
In recent years, Brooks has turned his attention to novel writing, with a particular focus on futuristic fiction as vehicle through which to critique our modern world and life as we know it. His debut novel is in part the fruition of a life-long passion for exploring spiritual, philosophical and psychological ideas. The ultimate questions, he says, are ‘What is life all about?’ and ‘Why is advertising so annoying?’.
When not writing, Mike Brooks is an amateur musician and a professionally-trained psychotherapist.
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