About the Author

Michael Scott Curnes is an award-winning Cascadian fiction novelist living in Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA.

To Pay Paul (2022) marks the 10th fiction novel written by this author. Considered a sequel to his Green Book Award winning novel, For the Love of Mother (1997), his latest work marks a return to the eco-thriller genre.

Wicked Ninnish (2020) his fourth published novel, was loosely derived from his experiences living in Clayoquot Sound from the mid-Nineties to the mid-Oughts—when and where he designed and built an off-the-grid cabin on Wickaninnish Island while managing an oceanfront resort, helming the local chamber of commerce, and running two Bed-and-Breakfasts. 

Born in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho in 1962 and raised in north-central Idaho and western Montana, Curnes grew up listening to, interpreting and telling stories. After high school, he toured the U.S. and Europe for a year performing as a singer and dancer in the Up with People Show before settling into more formal studies at the universities of Idaho and New Mexico.

After university, Michael managed hotels for Holiday Inns in New Mexico and Colorado, and the Westin Hotel in New Orleans. He switched careers during the AIDS Crisis and worked as the Director of Volunteers for the Colorado AIDS Project in Denver and the Community AIDS Services Unit for the Seattle-King County Department of Public Health in Seattle. He returned to hospitality in the late ’90s to manage an ocean-front resort in Tofino, British Columbia, and during this career stint, made the decision to immigrate to Canada, later becoming a Canadian Citizen on Valentine’s Day in the Year 2000.

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In addition to his published work, Curnes has five complete works of unedited fiction that, so far, have not been published. These include his debut novel: A Change in Face (1987); Whitewash (1989);  A Dare to Weep (1995); He with the Most Toys (1996); and La Misa Saltando (2002); the latter, an ambitious work set in Venezuela and written in both English and Spanish.

Brownell & Carroll Publishers handled the publishing of Michael’s first published novel, Val, a fictional retrospective on the life of Silent Film legend Rudolph Valentino, in 1996.

Inkwater Press published Michael’s second novel, the award winning eco-thriller, For the Love of Mother in 2011—winner of the Green Book Festival Fiction Award and finalist in the International Book Awards.

Inkwater Press also published Michael’s third novel, Coping with Ash in 2016—fiction winner of both the 2016 Royal Dragonfly and 2016 New Apple book awards as well as the Bronze Medal winner of the 2016 Independent Book Publishers Awards.

His fourth fiction novel, Wicked Ninnish (designed by Inkwater Press / Published by IngramSpark in the Fall of 2020) promptly picked up the fiction prize at the 2021 Royal Dragonfly Book Awards and the Bronze Medal at the 2021 Reader Views Literary Awards.

His essays have been published in two anthologies: Writing the West Coast: In Love With Place (2008) and Living Artfully: Reflections from the Far West Coast (2012) and printed in the Facts and Arguments section of Canada’s national newspaper, The Globe and Mail (1996).

Curnes has also written two unproduced musicals: WEB, the Musical (1998) and Eik, a Musical Revue (2004). He has also written two screenplays for film, Sweepstake (2002) and Coping with Ash (2003) the latter, he converted to a successfully published fiction novel by the same title. In addition, Curnes penned a three-act stage play (workshopped but unproduced) titled Embracing the Epilogue (1997).

He has also written for The Globe and Mail, The Victoria Times Columnist, The Westerly News and The Sound Magazine.

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