Officially the unofficial website of Mike McHone!
Since you're here, you've probably read one of Mike's stories or saw his picture up at the post office. Keep reading if you're curious.
Mike McHone is an American writer, former journalist, and kinda/sorta part-time musician. Impressed yet?
He was born in Monroe, Michigan, just south of Detroit. He is an only child because perfection has no competition.
Writing Career (or a Reasonable Facsimile Thereof)
After graduating high school, McHone worked factory jobs, retail, security, sales, auditing, investigations, and just about everything else you could think of. When he wasn't employed (which was often), he kept busy by being lazy, drunk, and playing guitar and bass in bands throughout the Detroit and Toledo areas. He once auditioned for the metal band Anthrax. He didn't get the gig, which is obvious because he turned to writing as a vocation.
In the mid-2000s, McHone started freelancing for various newspapers throughout Michigan, Ohio, and Indiana, and began writing short stories. By 2013 his work had appeared in The AV Club, Neo-Opsis, The Detroit News, The Toledo Blade, Hustler, and Playboy. (Just to be clear, he submitted jokes to Hustler and Playboy, not pictures. Don't get excited.)
In 2014, after growing frustrated with seeing very few of his stories published he quit writing for four years. However, in 2018, after picking up his first copy of Ellery Queen, he decided to switch gears and write crime fiction. Within six months, he wrote "K. O'Connor," "From Green to Red," "More Than Enough," "Burn," and "A Drive-by on Chalmers Road?," the first five stories to feature his main protagonist Detective Molly Fetterly. These stories would ultimately end up in the pages of Mystery Weekly, Ellery Queen, Mystery Tribune, and Sherlock Holmes Mystery Magazine. Since that time, his work has also appeared in Guilty Crime Story Magazine, Shotgun Honey, Terror House, Punk Noir, Under the Thumb: Stories of Police Oppression edited by S.A. Cosby, and is forthcoming in Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine.
F.A.Q. (Friggin' Annoying Questions)
Question: So, how do you pronounce your last name?
Answer: McHone. As in “Mick”-“Hone.” Not MaHone, MaHome, Mahoney, or Michonne.
What do you like to write?
Words mostly, sometimes numbers.
Hey! Do you want to read this new novel, short story, novella, poem, or grocery list I’m working on?
Dude, why not?
Dude, because I’m:
a.) too busy working on my own stuff
b.) reading something else that’s already been published
c.) not interested because it might suck
d.) not interested because it might be a work of genius and I’d get jealous
e.) both a and c
f.) both b and d
g.) both q and x
Bro, did you know you’re kind of a dick?
What do you like to do in your spare time?
I like to go ice fishing in the summer, and I like collecting and refurbishing two and four-wheeled unicycles. Also, every Halloween I love dressing up as Santa Claus and passing out Easter candy to the kids. Confuses the hell out of them.
John Steinbeck, Ray Bradbury, Cormac McCarthy, Joyce Carol Oates, Elmore Leonard, Flannery O'Connor, Gregory Mcdonald, Ernest Hemingway, Sylvia Plath, Harlan Ellison, Robert B. Parker, Joe R. Lansdale, Charles Bukowski, Harry Crews... The list could go on forever so I'll stop.
If you were stranded on a desert island, what wo-
Stop. Just… stop.