On November 12, 1978, Joseph John Sahd and Susan Katherine Iwanski Sahd welcomed their first-born son and future author, Michael Cameron Sahd, into the world, in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Shortly after, the trio moved to Cerrillos, New Mexico to live on the property that Joseph had grown up on.
Michael first encountered Death in April of 1984, when he lost his grandfather on his mother’s side. Death did not leave after that, however; his mother spent the following two years fighting Death in the form of cervical cancer. Susan lost that battle during the sweltering summer of 1986. Michael’s father picked up the torch, and bore the burden of raising him and his siblings, Anthony and Katherine, while fending off Death in a slower more agonizing duel, called heart disease.
During Michael’s mother’s struggle with Death, Joseph had retired from a long career as a professor at the Albuquerque Technical Vocational Institute to help his wife. After she succumbed however, Joseph spent his free time writing. Michael grew up watching his father write in notebooks, on loose pages, and even on napkins when nothing else was at hand. These are some of Michael’s fondest memories and his greatest inspiration for becoming the author he is today.
Living in Brownwood proved a significant change for Michael. In New Mexico, Michael had spent his days outdoors, hiking in the mountains whenever he had the chance. In Brownwood, he spent every waking hour locked in his room studying and writing. Still not satisfied with the public school system, Michael’s father sought an alternative system for him, eventually enrolling him in an accelerated curriculum, where Michael completed high school in two and a half years.
After finishing high school, Michael ventured out on his own and moved back to New Mexico. He attended Santa Fe Community College, and took as many writing classes as he could squeeze in, but he soon moved back to Brownwood, TX to live with his family, taking a break from college.
He met his future wife, Laura Pruett, at a pool party, and they dated for a couple of months before his family moved to Tyler, Texas. In Tyler, Michael’s father lost his battle with Death, due to heart complications. During the chaos of ambulances and police officers, Michael found his father’s journal in the living room. The last words written in the journal were, “please write more.”