SEPTEMBER 16, 1951-SEPTEMBER 6, 2021
The Western genre has lost a stalwart wordslinger. Mike Newton was a prolific, multi-genre writer—a writer’s writer if you will. His wife, his cats, and his words and an eager audience for his work are all Mike needed in a life in which he completed over 350 books and kept working until the end...
Mike even had a few words left over for his own obituary—
Michael was born in Bakersfield, California in September 1951. He cultivated dreams of a writing career from age seven, producing small "books" illustrated with photos and original drawings, given or sold for a pittance to classmates. On the practical side, he earned a B.A. in History and Political Science, with a teaching minor in English, pursuing sundry jobs in public education in California (1973-76) and later in Nevada (1979-86).
Nearly by accident, Michael advanced his writing dream in 1976, penning a fan letter to the author of his favorite action/adventure novels, the best-selling "Executioner" series. He had forgotten that whimsical letter two months later, when series author Don Pendleton phoned from his home in Indiana, inviting Michael to contribute a substantial chapter to his latest work, The Executioner's War Book. That entry became Michael's first professional publication and earned him an invitation—with colleague Stephen Mertz, author of many books under sundry pen names—to work with Pendleton in Indiana. There ensued a priceless eight-month apprenticeship, during which Michael also cultivated a love for the verdant hills of Brown County.
Michael met his best friend and soul mate, Heather in 2000, and they married at Fort Augustus, Scotland, on the shore of Loch Ness, in 2003.
Diagnosed with an untreatable hereditary kidney disease in 1988, Michael lived normally until declining health forced him into home dialysis in 2013. From there, he gained a new appreciation of two favorite singers: Mick Jagger ("What a drag it is getting old") and Jim Morrison ("No one here gets out alive").
In lieu of flowers, Mike would love a PayPal donation to go to his favorite cat charity, Mara’s Heaven, an amazing nonprofit in Romania, run by Ada Constantinescu. (PayPal: firstname.lastname@example.org) Check out her FB page and you'll see the amazing work she does.
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