Michael's screenwriting work has received several awards including Semifinalist in the Academy’s Nicholl Fellowships, Semifinalist in the Austin Film Festival, and Quarterfinalist in the BlueCat Screenplay Competition.
His novels have been #1 bestsellers on Amazon and won book of the year awards by Suspense Magazine and The Kindle Book Review.
Michael is a lawyer and author,
including PLUMMET (a #1 Amazon
legal thriller/drama) and THE BARREL MURDER (a #1 Amazon historical mystery and murder/mayhem).
Michael's maternal great grandfather (Federico Pizzurro) was a capo in the mafia in Sicily. Michael's grandfather (Michael Pizzurro) was next in line to become a mafia don in Sicily, but he left the Old Country as a young man to get out of the "family business" and start a new life in America. Michael has a keen interest in stories involving Italian-Americans, organized crime, and heroes like The Anti-Godfather, Detective Lieutenant Joe Petrosino. He has been featured as an on-camera true crime and mafia expert on “American Lawmen,” on Cineflix & The Discovery Channel’s American Heroes Network.
(which represents fave writers like Dennis Lehane and C.J. Box).