A Bard In The Hand

A Bard In The Hand

by Michael A. Ventrella

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ISBN-13: 9781771150873
Publisher: Double Dragon Publishing
Publication date: 04/20/2013
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

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.

In High School, he started his own “underground” newspaper which had
more in common with Mad magazine than any real journalism. He also
wrote a musical comedy called “But I’m Allergic to Horses” about a
reluctant sheriff who cleans up a western town using only his wits.
The play was a hit, receiving great reviews from the Richmond
newspaper, and running for an extra week. Mike received the “Most
Talented” award from his senior class. He also played bass in a number
of bands at the time, meeting his future wife Heidi Hooper (an artist)
at one gig.

College beckoned and Mike majored in Political Science at Virginia
Commonwealth University, where he graduated cum laude. He was elected
to the student government with the highest vote count and chaired the
important judicial committee. Mike also served as program director for
the college radio station and wrote for the school newspaper. During
this time, his band The Naughty Bits headlined the major clubs in the
area with their “new wave” sound reminiscent of Elvis Costello and
Graham Parker.

After college, Mike moved to Boston to attend New England law school.
While there, he edited the school newspaper and became involved in
Boston politics.

Heidi and Mike married in 1982.

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.

During this time, Mike wrote songs and performed in two prominent
bands, Agent 99 and Big House, which played the major clubs in the
Boston area and received airplay on local college radio.

Mike also started a magazine about animated films called “Animato” in
the mid 80s which grew to be quite prominent. He has been quoted in
many publications as an animation expert, including “Entertainment
Weekly” and in the recent book "The Dream Team: The Rise and Fall of
DreamWorks: Lessons from the New Hollywood" by Daniel M. Kimmel.

In 1989, Mike and Heidi helped form the New England Roleplaying
Organization which has evolved into The Alliance LARP (
alliancelarp.com) with campaigns all over the country.

In 1997, Mike and Heidi moved to the beautiful Poconos, where Mike now
works as an attorney. Heidi’s artwork is seen in galleries around the
area. (heidihooper.com). They love the pitter patter of little
feet (they have four cats).

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.com 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.

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