Michael's PhD research explores the relationship between writing science fiction and the influence of writers in the post-WW2 period, and using this to write his own novel 'The Final War'. His research title is: The Final War: a novel, with dissertation: ‘Post-War Science Fiction, the impact of the Second World War on Science Fiction in the Golden Age of Science Fiction 1940- 1970.’ Michael's research is an investigation into the development of the Science Fiction genre after the Second World War and how this can inform contemporary writers of the genre. His research interests extend to all areas of genre fiction, including SFF, Historical, and Crime.
He is also a freelance author, with his debut novel, 'Goodbye for Now', published in Oct 2018 by HarperCollins publishers. He has just finished his second historical fiction novel for HarperCollins, due for release late 2020. The novel written as part of the PhD study, 'The Final War', has been picked up for representation by Robbie Guillory of Kate Nash Literary Agency. Michael also writes for Black Library, both 'Ashes of Grimnir' and 'The Warp's Curse' are available now, as well as writing for other games companies, such as the tabletop roleplaying game Warhammer Age of Sigmar: Soulbound, published by Cubicle 7.
Michael has been involved in guest lecturing on both BA and MA Creative Writing programmes at LJMU, as well as organising and facilitating PhD Creative Writing workshops both in campus and online, having also been the student representative for Liverpool Screen School on the faculty research committee. He is also an experienced lecturer in Audio Engineering having lectured on the BA programme at SAE Institute and BA Music at University of Chester.
He has presented on Creative Writing PhDs at Worldcon, the World Science Fiction Convention, in Dublin 2019, and been a member on panels discussing Disability and Genre Fiction, and Disability and Writing at Fantasycon 2019. Michael has suffered with Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/CFS for over twenty years, and is happy to discuss the syndrome in the context of writing with anyone who has questions.
2015, Liverpool John Moores University, United Kingdom, MA Writing
2010, Middlesex University, United Kingdom, BA (Hons) Recording Arts
Music Technology Lecturer (Visiting Lecturer), Music, University of Chester, 2018 - 2019
Audio Programme Lecturer (Sessional), Audio, SAE Institute, 2017 - 2019
Audio Programme Lecturer, Audio, SAE Institute, 2012 - 2017
Hollows MJ. 2020. The Visitor Tales From The Hollows Earth, Volume One: The Awful Orphanage Workhouse Games
Hollows MJ. 2020. Ashes of Grimnir Oaths and Conquests Black Library 9781789992250
Byrne E, Hollows MJ. 2020. Warhammer Age of Sigmar: Soulbound Cities of Flame Warhammer Age of Sigmar: Soulbound Cities of Flame Cubicle 7
Hollows M. 2019. Orson Scott Card Mendlesohn F, Levy M. Aliens in Popular Culture ABC-CLIO 9781440838330
Hollows M. 2019. Larry Niven Mendlesohn F, Levy M. Aliens in Popular Culture ABC-CLIO 9781440838330
Hollows M. 2014. Endaris Far Worlds The Bolthole 978-1497433939 Author Url
Hollows MJ. 2018. Goodbye for Now HQDigitalUK/HarperCollins. United Kingdom 9780008323004 Author Url
Hollows MJ. 2019. The Humanity of Robots: Sea of Rust by C Robert Cargill Dodd K. Fantastika, 3