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Mar. 29, 2020
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Meet the Pirate

One Leg Sterling introduces Michael P. Spradlin

Twas that bigheaded, bilge monkey Michael P. Spradlin who claims he discovered the Capn’s journal on that deserted island in the Pacific. He plundered a publisher and in October, 2010 Pirate Haiku: Bilge Sucking Poems of Booty Grog and Wenches for Scurvy Sea Dogs made its way across the seas and onto bookstore shelves and electronic readin’ devices in all coordinates. We all know it’s a bag a’
lies for Spradlin gets himself right sea-sick on the water and ain’t never crossed west of the
Mississippi River.

He’s got the gall to call himself a fancy pants writer, and true ‘e’s scribbled down a few yarns. He swindled publishers in over a dozen different lands to put out his tomes in The Youngest Templar series.
The third installment Orphan of Destiny washes up on bookstore shelves in November 2010. And a’fore that he was nominated fer an Edgar Award fer his novel Spy Goddess: Live and Let Shop by the Mystery Writers of America for Best Young Adult Mystery. Arggh!

Spradlin also puts pen to paper, then rides on the shoulders of several more talented men and women who illustrate his picture books! His book Daniel Boone’s Great Escape illustrated by notorious scallywag Ard Hoyt was a finalist for the Spur Award by the Western Writers of America and we all agree Ole Boone woulda made a mighty fine Pirate. His book Texas Rangers: Legendary Lawmen drawn by the talented Roxie Monroe gives us the shivers fer we sure don’t need no more law on our tails. He’s written the picture books The Legend of Blue Jacket, Baseball From A to Z and Off Like the Wind: The First Ride Of The Pony Express.

But shiver our timbers, we think Spradlin may hittin’ the grog too heavy, for his book It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Zombies: A Book of Zombie Christmas Carols ruined the Yuletide season for many a family around the world and spent five weeks on The New York Times Bestseller List. In fall 2010, his next book Every Zombie Eats Somebody Sometime: A Book of Zombie Love Songs is a comin’ on the next wave. Shudder.

Spradlin claims he was on his way back from doin’ research in Japan for his upcoming picture book Inch High Samurai, again to be illustrated by notorious scallywag Ard Hoyt, if’n Spradlin don’t feed ‘im to the sharks first. It’s all a bucket of chum as fer as we be concerned. His next novel is supposed to be The Raven’s Shadow comin’ from G.P. Putnam’s Sons in 2011. If ye have a desire to learn more about this bumblin’, bilge-water drinkin’, no account, dice-loadin’ poppet, ye can visit his website on the internet (somethin’ a real Pirate would never use!) at