Michael Anthony Cariola was born in 1956 and is the son of nationally renowned artist, Robert J. Cariola. He was influenced in the arts at an early age with a love for classical music and literature. Having grown up with such TV fare as Lost in Space, Star Trek, and Twilight Zone as his viewing diet, it was only natural that his leanings in literature would be towards such writers as J.R.R. Tolkein, Ray Bradbury, Aldous Huxley and Robert Heinlein, to name a few. With a deep love for the Spirit of Creation and nature, Michael worked for several years in environmental lobbying which gave him a broader knowledge of the ecological impact that modern man is having upon our planet. With a deep need to express his dismay with mankind’s unwillingness to alter the path he is on, Michael has found his voice and expression with his first novel, The Singingwood, Book 1 of The Chronicles of Abahrazha. An allegory, The Singingwood is based on the author’s own longing for a better and simpler world, where respect for ourselves, each other, and our planet are paramount. It also speaks of his underlying fear that mankind’s inability to change may ultimately be his undoing. Nevertheless, it is a novel filled with hope and spiritual awakening written with poignancy and a certain amount of humor.
Having been born and raised in Long Island, New York, Michael now makes his residence in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho with his partner Jeri and her son Jonathon. Michael also has two beautiful children, Noelle Joy and Michael Frederick. Michael has completed Book 2 of The Chronicles of Abahrazha entitled, Arcalian Apocalypse and is presently putting the finishing touches on Book 3, Children of Prophecy.