Michael J. Bowler is an award-winning author of nine novels––A Boy and His Dragon, A Matter of Time (Silver Medalist from Reader’s Favorite), and The Knight Cycle, comprised of five books: Children of the Knight (Gold Award Winner in the Wishing Shelf Book Awards), Running Through A Dark Place (Bronze Award Winner in the Wishing Shelf Book Awards), There Is No Fear, And The Children Shall Lead, Once Upon A Time In America, Spinner, and Warrior Kids. He earned a B.A. in English/Theatre, and two master’s degrees before teaching high school for twenty-five years. He’s been a lifelong volunteer with youth in need, particularly incarcerated children, often the most marginalized by society. His goal as a YA author is for teens to experience empowerment and hope; to see themselves in his multi-racial characters; to read about kids who face real-life challenges; and to see how kids like them can remain decent people in an indecent world.