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Emerging Indie Authors


Emerging Indie Author:

Michael J. Fitzgerald

Latest Release:

The Fracking War


Mill City Press, Inc. (March 19, 2014)

Short Description:

A veteran journalist at an upstate New York newspaper discovers a horrible secret while investigating the problems caused hydrofracking for natural gas and oil. Earthquakes, corruption, water and air pollution pale when compared to a scheme by natural gas exploration companies to use gas wells as toxic waste dumps. When the companies team up with a genetic engineering laboratory to create a microbe to break down toxic chemicals, the state - and eventually the nation - are suddenly at risk.

Representative Reviews:

“The moment this book arrived, I couldn’t put it down. The issue of fracking is something that everyone should be thinking about, and in one enthralling novel, the author gives us a LOT to think about. For those who find it tedious to review the growing reports on the harms of fracking-fear not! This book serves things up with characters you will love, and a great story line that keeps you turning pages until the end. The scary thing is, so much of what happens in this book has really happened. The good thing is, this novel finds a balance between harsh reality and hope, which is desperately needed when contemplating such a serious subject. Fitzgerald also gives us a true flavor of the Finger Lakes Region in Upstate New York. If you have ever been there, you will find yourself nodding and smiling at the references of places, landscapes, and the rich tradition of hard-working, close-knit people who make up that wonderful community. If you’ve never been, you’d better get there, before it’s too late…”—Yvonne L. Taylor

Author Bio:

Michael J. Fitzgerald has been a magazine and newspaper journalist for nearly 40 years.

In 2014, he added novelist to his resume with the publishing of “The Fracking War” (Mill City Press, Minneapolis, MN). “The Fracking War” is a tale about the escalating tensions between energy companies using technology known as hydrofracking and environmentalists who want the technology banned.

Fitzgerald worked as an editor and writer for six daily newspapers in California, as a contributing writer for the Reuters News Service in Sacramento, Calif., and has published articles in numerous sailing and boating magazines including: Cruising World, Latitude 38, Blue Water Sailing, Living Aboard, Bay & Delta Yachtsman, and The Log newspaper.

Additionally, Fitzgerald has published in numerous other non-boating magazines including: California Lawyer, Prosper Magazine, Sacramento Magazine, Popular Computing, Dog Fancy, Pool and Spa News and most recently Mountain Home Magazine in Pennsylvania.

He writes a weekly column titled “Write On” for the Finger Lakes Times daily newspaper in Geneva, New York and is a correspondent for two upstate New York daily newspapers: The Elmira Star-Gazette and The Ithaca Journal.

He is co-owner and principal partner of *subject2change Media, a multi-media company involved in print, video and broadcast. Current in-process projects include the book, A Naïve Gringa’s Guide to Mexico and a documentary film Paradise Lost: The Theft of a Mexican Beach.

In December 2011 *subject2change Media produced the documentary video Saving Perro Morro.

Fitzgerald and his wife, journalist Sylvia Fox, live in the Costalegre region of Mexico six months each year with the balance of his time spent in the Finger Lakes region of Central New York and California.

Available Formats:

Paperback and Kindle

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