Bio: A Boston native, Mike Ryan was stricken at birth with an incurable addiction to the Boston Red Sox. He earned an undergraduate degree in history with minors in secondary education and english from Boston State College (now closed!) and a master?s degree in journalism from Boston University. Ryan wrote for high school and college student newspapers.
He has worked as a teacher, reporter, communications specialist, and freelance writer. His byline has appeared in Atlantic Monthly, Yankee, the Boston Globe, the Boston Herald, Irish America, and the Boston Irish Reporter.
The idea for his book, Begin With Me, came years ago from sitting in church on a warm day listening to the pastor complain about his workload. Could someone impersonate a priest? His other interests include Boston Irish politician James Michael Curley, coaching baseball, and military history. He lives with his family west of the Hub.
Matt Druker loses his job and his girl. He lost his faith long ago. Now he struggles with no job, but one day he drifts into the local church which needs help. Matt decides to impersonate an Irish priest to help the struggling pastor. Does he have a prayer?
It is the turn of the century in Boston, where Probation Officer "Cootch" Connolly investigates the murder of a client. Cootch learns that the victim was a member of a secret society known as the Fenians, a diehard Gaelic group seeking freedom for Ireland. Delving deeper into the terrorists' underworld, Cootch uncovers a looming attack on his beloved Beantown, beginning with the planned assassination of a visiting British dignitary, Winston Churchill. With the help of his Boston cop brother, Coo... more info>>
In this thrilling sequel to Boston Baked Churchill, the year is 1903 and Boston Sleuth Cootch Connolly finds himself embroiled in a murder investigation when a judge and probationer are found dead. After receiving death threats from an anti-Irish group, Cootch races to the aid of young, embattled politician, James Michael Curley, a flamboyant, risk-taker who will one day become Boston's most famous mayor. Along with his Boston cop brother, Finn, Cootch and Curley set out to trap the killer, send... more info>>
Mickey Paquette lives a quiet life occupied mainly by working to help his father--his mom died when he was twelve years old, his dad's a recovered alcoholic. Mickey doesn't make waves at school and doesn't worry about his social life. Near the end of his schooling, Mickey stumbles on an intriguing notion to celebrate those academic years--to try to gain an entry in the Guinness World Book of Records. He hatches the idea to break a world record after watching two friends throw and catch grapes at... more info>>