Michael Har-Even grew up in the Midwest (an itty bitty area between NYC and LA, north of the Mason-Dixon) and now lives in the Middle East. He makes his home, together with an incredibly supportive wife and three children, in Jerusalem, Israel. Michael spent years working as a computer programmer/systems analyst and currently pays for his fiction writing habit by working as a tech writer. He served for years as a combat medic in the Israeli reserves, until he got old enough to hear his back creak (as the hearing goes, the back sounds better). He gets his non-literary kicks practicing Tai Chi. Flaming Sword is Michael's first novel.