Michael Jeffery Blair
Michael Blair’s novels include Exit Point, The Architect of Law, Sudden Rivers and The Labyrinth in Winter. His editorial work has appeared in the New York Times and other publications and he has authored several stageplays and a collection of poetry. As principal of an award-winning Los Angeles digital design firm, he has created communications for many of the world’s great companies.
“The mission of the writer in this post digital age is urgent. Millions of written works are available instantly and everyone is a publisher posing the question: are books still relevant?”
THE WRITER – It took thousands of years before people had any time to speculate about life. Great fiction fueled their progress from early sacred storytelling, surviving to this day, to Norse sagas to Greek and Middle Eastern myth to Thomas Moore’s Utopia down to our our complex digital ecosystem. It gave men something to strive for beyond hand to mouth. Things to remember — “breathing tokens” as the great poet Carl Sandburg put it. Tales were told from father to son only later to be written by hand and preserved through the centuries as a testament to how much we humans value stories. Speculative writing has always been the driver of great movements.
THE ARTIST – I had my work in galleries and was employed as an art director and designer before I completed high school. My creative work has put me on the cutting edge of communications as the digital revolution changed the world. In a career that spans over three decades, I have garnered dozens of national creative awards, have done work for many of the world’s great companies and continue to explore the leading edge of digital art and technology with more advanced programming languages than I care to mention.
THE COUNSELOR – I began working as a personal counselor when I was nineteen years old. For my entire life I have continued training and mastering the most advanced techniques known and have worked with hundreds of individuals. People need help when life becomes too much for them, they need someone on their side during the bad times as well as the good—I make it a point to be there when that happens and have assisted many others had given up on who would not have made it otherwise.
“The successes I get are often spontaneously written by people who just have to tell someone; they are at times remarkable and always heartfelt.”
I have helped hundreds of people attain happier, more dynamic and fulfilling lives where they are achieving what they never before believed possible. This has been in many ways a secret life because the work goes on in small offices behind closed doors between two people, but it has always been a huge part of who I am.