Michael Gerard Bauer
Welcome to Creative Kids Tales Michael Gerard Bauer.
It’s becoming clear that in order to be a successful author one must first be a teacher. Not always, but for many authors I have interviewed for both Creative Kids Tales and The Author’s Shelf this is true.
Michael was born in Brisbane in 1955. Although he is now a full time writer Michael began his career as a teacher.
Growing up in Ashgrove, an inner suburb of Brisbane Michael attended Marist College before moving on to the University of Queensland. Before completing an Arts Degree with a triple Major in English literature, Michael tried on Commerce/Law and Social Work for size. They didn’t fit!
After realising he was not to become the next Bob Dylan, Michael enrolled in a Diploma of education and became a teacher. He taught Economics and English in Brisbane and Ipswich secondary schools.
In 2000 he decided to throw caution to the wind and gave up teaching to become a full-time author. Lucky for us it paid off.
By 2003 he won the inaugural Writesmall Short Story competition run by the Brisbane Writers Festival. A year later, his first novel, The Running Man was short-listed as one of the top 10 books for young adults in the 2004 Magpies magazine. By 2005 it won the CBCA Book of the Year for Older Readers category.
In 2006 Michael’s Ishmael series was launched with, Don’t call me Ishmael. A group of Grade nines take on the school bullies, bugs, babes and more culminating in the most exciting year of their life.
In 2007 the second in the series, Ishmael and the Return of the Dugongs was launched before breaking in 2008 and 2009 to release, Dinosaur Knights and You Turkeys. Ishmael again graced our book shelves in 2011 when Ishmael and the Hoops of Steel was launched.
By 2010 Michael had firmly cemented his place in Australian literary history. His book Just a Dog was recognised as a CBCA Honour Book and also won the QLD Premier’s Award.
2012 saw a new character from Michael and one of his most popular, Eric Vale. Eric is a boy who is plagued with an anything but a cool nickname, Epic Fail. Determined to put an end to a rotten run of bad luck and shake off his nickname Eric will try just about anything.
2013 saw two new Eric Vale books released, Eric Vale Super Male and Eric Vale Off the Rails.
Michael’s accolades are many, too many to list here. His books are currently sold in over 20 countries including the USA and the UK and have been translated into 11 languages including German, French and Korean.
Not limited to writing for children, he also experiments with song lyrics, poetry and short stories.
Michael refuses to budge from his birthplace and currently resides with his wife Adriana, also a teacher, in Ashgrove, Qld.
By the way, Michael’s son, Joe is the talented illustrator of the Eric Vale series. He is also an independent film-maker and with his partner Rita Artmann form Artspear Entertainment. Joe used his film making skills to create and produce the trailer for Eric Vale Epic Fail.
You can learn more about Michael Gerard Bauer here: michaelgerardbauer.wordpress.com