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Michael Leon

Michael Leon
 

 

After a long career in International trade Michael changed his life almost ten years ago and made the transition to becoming a writer and author of science fiction novels


"It was a risky move at the time, but now I have no regrets," said Michael. He wrote and published a dozen business books during his career in international trade. This gave him the experience and foundation to write and publish books. "I remember the many demands of publishing business books, particularly the endless editing required to polish the final product. That helped me prepare for the rigours that face all new and emerging fiction writers. I had a lot to learn, to make that transition attending many classes in college and writers organisations, allowing me to enter my new career with my eyes firmly open to the hardships, but also fixed on what I needed to do to succeed as a writer.”
 
Michael has written five manuscripts and he is excited about his new novel - CUBEBALL. "This novel is the one I had most fun writing. As a typical young boy growing up in outer Melbourne, I loved nothing more than to play 'kick to kick' outside with my friends and pretend to emulate my football hero's feats. In the evenings I would enjoy competing with my brothers at a game of snooker on our family billiard table. Writing CUBEBALL allowed me to re-live some of those boyhood dreams I had, and made me realise that whilst I had some natural talent at sport, I had a more fertile imagination! I feel fortunate that now I can spend a great deal of my time imagining stories to tell. I particularly enjoy imagining the future. It has been a fascination that has endured throughout my life."
 
From an early age, Michael enjoyed science fiction movies, from Star Trek to Star Wars with the appeal of anticipating and imagining the future of man. “In my past consulting career, I was sent around the world to observe the future trends of the food retailing and food service industries. Now, I can allow my imagination to roam much further, beyond our Earth, even our universe!"
 
In addition to writing, Michael enjoys helping other new and emerging writers achieve their dreams, in particular, more mature writers like himself. "Your post-career lifestyle can be wonderful time of life. For the first time, I could choose what I wanted and take on new challenges that genuinely interested me. Increasingly, baby boomers are searching for 'encore careers' and I immediately identified with that idea. I choose not to retire, nor do I want to work for the sake of it, but instead participate in my own exciting new and unknown encore career. You get the choice of what you want to do and when you want to do it. I couldn't have been happier with my choice to become a writer. It allows me to imagine new worlds and ideas and it also allows me to continue to explore the world.
 
Having worked in most continents of the world in his previous career, Michael’s experiences were extensive, ranging from leading a Ministerial visit to the Middle East to analysing London's food retail sector. "I was a food retail manager for many years prior to moving into international trade, so I had the commercial and academic experience to carry out in-market research. The biggest highlight in my fifteen year career was to study the London supermarket industry. I lived near the Strand for two months and carried out extensive primary and secondary research, completing a book in that period and presenting the findings to companies across Australia. That was when I realised what I liked most about my work. Combining preparatory research, travel, in-market research, writing the findings and presenting it to interested parties was a joy. Now, I do all those things and get to choose what I want to write about and where." If you have a similar dream, but don't know where to start, contact Michael. Go to his web site: www.michaelleon.com.au

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