No Holds Bard: Tales Of Fortannis: Book 5

No Holds Bard: Tales Of Fortannis: Book 5

by Michael A. Ventrella

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ISBN-13: 9781771154161
Publisher: Double Dragon Publishing
Publication date: 06/26/2018
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 motherdid her best to control Michael, his two brothers, and a sister.

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

College beckoned and Mike majored in Political Science at VirginiaCommonwealth University, where he graduated cum laude. He was electedto the student government with the highest vote count and chaired theimportant judicial committee. Mike also served as program director forthe college radio station and wrote for the school newspaper. Duringthis time, his band The Naughty Bits headlined the major clubs in thearea with their “new wave” sound reminiscent of Elvis Costello andGraham Parker.

After college, Mike moved to Boston to attend New England law school.While there, he edited the school newspaper and became involved inBoston 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 DemocraticAction (and later served as the Massachusetts chapter President for ayear), taught political science courses at Bunker Hill CommunityCollege, and was a campaign manager for a state representative.

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

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

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

In 1997, Mike and Heidi moved to the beautiful Poconos, where Mike nowworks as an attorney. Heidi’s artwork is seen in galleries around thearea. ( They love the pitter patter of littlefeet (they have four cats).

Mike is a regular fixture at science fiction conventions on the eastcoast, where he appears on panels to discuss fiction, animation, andgaming. His web page is and he caneasily be found on Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, and other networkingsites. His blog about writing (link at the web page) has interviewedmany prominent science fiction and fantasy authors.

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