Michael Renier was born and raised in a quintessential American small town on the western shore of Lake Michigan. Paperboys still delivered the evening paper, folks left their doors unlocked at night, homes shared party lines, and the local A&W Root Beer stand still had car hops. Life was simple, but the most important things in life, taught to him by his father and mother were the Three Ps: Politics, Polacks, and the Green Bay Packers. After high school, he served proudly in the US Air Force and spent a year at a base in far eastern Turkey, which was essentially an electronic listening post near the Soviet border. He has worked for over three decades with IBM in various management and leadership positions, but none of those activities amounted to what could be called, his passion. His passion was revealed to him the day he opened the cover to John Irving's A Prayer for Owen Meany and read its first sentence: I am doomed to remember a boy with a wrecked voice, it began. He instantly began wondering if he, too, could pen a story so compelling.
His book, Waiting for the Evening Train, is set in 1962 and is about a Negro doctor named Prosper Langford who flees Mississippi after his family is murdered by the Ku Klux Klan. He lands in a northern Wisconsin city where he becomes the mortician at the Carmichale House, a Private Home and Funeral Parlor.
Michael Renier is the president of the Boulder Writers’ Workshop and an advisory board member. He lives near Boulder, Colorado. For more information, visit www.michaelrenier.com.