Michael Scott Curnes is an award-winning North American fiction novelist living on Vancouver Island. Wicked Ninnish is his fourth published novel and is 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. In his spare time and when he wasn’t writing, he was regularly protesting clear-cut logging, fin fish aquaculture and runaway tourism all of which threaten—to this day—to destroy one of the last, intact temperate coastal rainforests left on the planet. He is grateful beyond words to the larger-than-life characters, mentors, activists, witches, lovers and steadfast friends he encountered while living in Tofino at the end of the road on the edge of a continent and he is ridiculously privileged to call the West Coast of British Columbia home.
Michael was born in Coeur d’Alene and raised in north-central Idaho. After high school, Michael 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 Inn 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 King County Department of Public Health in Seattle. He returned to hospitality in the late ’90s to manage a resort in Tofino, British Columbia, and during this chapter, made the decision to immigrate to Canada, later becoming a Canadian Citizen on Valentine’s Day in the Year 2000.
Michael has also professionally worked for a number of environmental organizations including The Friends of Clayoquot Sound, River Network, the Nature Conservancy of Canada and Pacific Wild Alliance. These days, he writes from his lookout on Christmas Hill and lives with his husband, Bernard, in Victoria, British Columbia.
Also by Michael Scott Curnes
Brownell & Carroll Publishers handled the publishing of Michael’s first 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 has 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 will be published by IngramSpark and available in September 2020.
His essays have been published in two anthologies: Writing the West Coast: In Love With Place in 2008 and Living Artfully: Reflections from the Far West Coast in 2012.
He has written for The Globe and Mail, The Victoria Times Columnist, The Westerly News and The Sound Magazine.