The Author Michael C. Sahd

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Michael C. Sahd as a baby

The Author 

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.

Michael attended a private school in Madrid, NM, for kindergarten and first grade, which failed to propagate the necessary level of education required for his age. The school year immediately following Susan’s death, Joseph enrolled Michael into a public school in Santa Fe. Michael’s lack of education showed quickly when his second grade teacher asked him to read. Within the first two days of second grade, his teacher sent Michael back to first grade.

The embarrassment of not knowing how to read, coupled with the excellent teaching abilities of Michael’s new teacher, Mrs. Romero, motivated Michael to become an avid reader. In less than two months, Michael began reading newspapers with his dad, and by the end of that school year, he had picked up his first full-length novel, Stephen King’s It. From that point forward, he read voraciously, particularly in the fields of fantasy, horror, and science fiction.

Shortly after becoming a teenager, Michael’s father and some of his friends removed their children from the public school system and created a homeschooling group. Michael completed seventh and eighth grade in this manner with his best friend, Ian Overman. However, when Michael was 14, his father reunited with his high school sweetheart, Mary Sahd. Eventually, the family moved to Brownwood, TX so that the two could marry.

The young author Michael C. Sahd
Michael C. Sahd as a child
Michael C. Sahd Standing In Front of the Sun
A picture Michael’s daughter took of him standing on the children’s playhouse

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.”

His father’s death marked another big turning point for Michael. Wanting to do something with his life, he completed a certificate in jewelry repair and horology. Afterward, he moved back to Santa Fe and started working at a jewelry store, where he spent the next eight years. While working at the jewelry store, he also attended the College of Santa Fe, studying English and literature. During this time, he honed his writing skills and expanded his writing portfolio.

Before he finished at the College of Santa Fe, Michael reunited with Laura Pruett and, making one of the best decisions of his life, he moved back to Texas. Michael and Laura married on November 12, 2010.

In October of 2017, Laura, a professional editor, convinced Michael to begin publishing his writing. Although he had completed numerous short stories, “Assassin Marked” became his debut published work.

Michael and Laura
Michael and Laura on their wedding day

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