Michael Sanders worked for a number of years for Poseidon Press, Simon & Schuster, and Pocket Books as an editor before turning to writing full time. He earned his living for several years with a combination of what he calls "utility outfield writing" -- for industry and a magazine article here and there -- and as an importer of rugs from Russia and Ukraine. After writing several novels based on his experiences doing business in those countries and his knowledge of the Russian community in Brooklyn, he moved to Maine. He worked as a bookseller for the years it took to write THE YARD, his first book, and has a profound respect for anyone in retail. He and his wife both speak French and Russian, and his next nonfiction book will likely be a family adventure abroad with wife, 5-year-old daughter, and black Lab in tow.