About Me

About Me Mike Thayer

 

My name is Mike Thayer. Son of Douglas and Donlu Thayer, youngest of six, father of three and husband of one. I spent my youth playing video games, football, jam ball, doorbell ditching, camping, mowing lawns, watching action movies, recording pranks before there was YouTube, pursuing the opposite sex, and day dreaming about super powers and heroic deeds. I served an LDS mission in Rome, Italy where I rubbed shoulders with mob bosses and amassed a collection of fantastic ties. Shortly after that, I married, completed a degree in Chemical Engineering and began procreation. From there, a job in the Oil & Gas industry took me from the Rocky Mountains of Utah to the humid flatlands of Texas.

Life was good. Family was good. Job was good. But there was something missing. It was a Saturday sometime late in 2008 and I had just finished watching Return of the King (which is always a near religious experience for me). Two thoughts came unbidden to my mind. “I wonder why there aren’t more epically awesome stories like that” and “I wonder if I could come up with one myself.” And so my journey began.

You’ll notice in my list of activities I did as a youth, that “reading” was not listed among them. This would prove problematic in my quest to write a novel. I did not read for leisure growing up. In fact, the first book I read for leisure was the Da Vinci Code in 2006. My dad told me if I wanted to write, that I needed to read. It’s a radical idea, but that’s my dad for you. So I read, and you know what I found out when I read? That there were hundreds of epically awesome stories just like The Lord of the Rings.  Who would have thought, right?! Even with a concerted effort to read over the past decade, my lifelong Goodreads total is sitting at a paltry 100ish books (and that includes Goodnight Moon and Billy Goats Gruff). It’s an abhorrently low figure among my peers of writers, but it is what it is.

With that, I began writing… well, sort of. I began brain storming and jotting ideas down for about a year and half. The more and more I fleshed things out, the more I felt like I was on to something. Disparate ideas would unexpectedly connect together in cool and satisfying ways. I liken it to unearthing a fossil bit by bit. At first, it looks like you’re just digging up random bones, but after a while you get enough of it dusted off to realize it’s all connected together.

The major turning point for my writing was an ever worsening back injury. Unable to enjoy much of the athletic activities I once had, I looked toward other less lumbar-intensive pursuits, namely hunting and writing. It wasn’t until a microdiscectomy in 2012 permanently sidelined me from most recreational athletics that I heard a squeaky voice echoing from some dusty corner of my personality. “You needn’t robust, functioning intervertebral material to play with me,” he told me. It was my inner-nerd. I answered his call and let him out in the open for as long as his sickly pale complexion would tolerate direct sunlight. He’s built up strength in the years since and now has a permanent seat in my pantheon on personalities.

After 7 long years of writing and revising an epic fantasy novel, I turned my pursuits to children’s fiction. My first novel in The Techno Wizard series was published April of 2018. Book 2, The Uncharted Lands, was published Dec 2018, while Book 3, The Vacant Realm, came out in Aug 2019. I have a different website for my Techno Wizard stuff that can be found HERE. The books have gotten an incredible response and were even Whitney Award Finalists in 2018 and 2019. I have visited schools, talking to well over 10,000 kids about creativity and the book writing process and I’ve just loved it.

In Oct 2018, while Techno Wizard 2 was with my editor, I decided to write a different quick little story about a 6th grade boy who lives every day twice. I wrote the first draft in less than a month and on a whim decided to pitch it to agents. The response was crazy. Within months I had an agent signed and began prepping it to submit to publishers. After an excruciating five months of being on submission, my book was finally picked up by Macmillan in a two-book deal. The Double Life of Danny Day officially hit the shelves in June 2021. The Talent Thief, a story of a 6th-grade girl who suddenly gets the ability to steal people’s talents for day, is slated to come out June 2022.

My left brain has had center stage in my life for quite sometime, and it has rewarded me well, but this site is a playground for Mike Thayer’s right brain.  Like most playgrounds, the equipment can be equal parts fun and dangerous. I fully expect to fall off the merry-go-round a few times, but the potential of falling is what makes it exciting in the first place. Let’s do this.

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Video Games ThayerI’m always in the market for awesome lesser known classic games.  Drop me a comment down below with some of your favorites!

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38 Responses to About Me

  1. Dan Yorgason says:

    Just read your lifestyle porn blog and loved it. I love in Billings. You’re missing a game from your awesome video game list: Reckoning – Kingdoms of Amateur (XBOX 360). Be warned, it’ll consume days, if not weeks of your time and your wife might begin to hate me, if not you.

    • thaydawg says:

      Dude, how I have I not heard of this game? I’ve been slipping the last few years. With everything going on, I’ve had zero time for gaming lately, but this one is going on my short list. Thanks, man.

  2. Emerson Fry says:

    Hi, Mike! You might remember me – we were in the same graduating class. I stumbled onto your blog through a Facebook friend. Looks good! I’ll spend some time catching up on your posts, and I just wanted to say that you have a great list of retro video games, especially the Final Fantasy. Have you tried Chronotrigger? If not, then you should definitely take a look. Cheers!

    • thaydawg says:

      Emerson! How’s it going, man? You know, I have never tried Chronotrigger but I remember Tim, Marcus and Joe played it all the way through during final’s week and I always see it on lists of the best RPGs. If I ever get the time I’ll check it out. Thanks for reaching out.

    • thaydawg says:

      Look, I know the Zelda sweater is a bit kaleidoscopic. I would suggest sitting down and taking a minute to look at something a bit more monochrome. See if that helps.

  3. Matt says:

    You should check out Red Rising Trilogy!

    • thaydawg says:

      Prime recommendation, my goodman. I blitzed through the trilogy this fall on audiobook. Incredible narration as well. I definitely need to update my list of favorite books.

  4. Sara says:

    Have you ever played the game called Dominion?

  5. Sara says:

    I have a feeling you would like it. My husband and I play it ALL the time!
    http://www.boardgamequest.com/dominion-review/

  6. Jackie Gonzales says:

    Mortal Kombat!!! Donkey Kong Country 1 & 2, Kirby… Those were some of my faves that aren’t on your list!

    • thaydawg says:

      Mortal Kombat and Kirby on a short list of favorites is intriguing.

      • Jackie Gonzales says:

        Well, I am an intriguing person! LOL but those aren’t my only favorites. Most of the games on your list are my faves too. I also love Kingdom Hearts, Disney Universe, all of the Lego games, Hydro Thunder, most racing games, etc. My list goes on and on.

        • thaydawg says:

          If your list keeps going, let’s see it!

          • Jackie Gonzales says:

            My video game list:
            Adventure (Atari), Pitfall (Atari), Frogger (Atari), Pacman (Atari), Ping Pong (Atari), Duck Tales, Super Mario Bros. 1, 2, 3; TMNT 2 & 3, TMNT Turtles in Time, Super Mario World, Star Fox (SNES), Mortal Kombat (SNES & PS3), Mario Tennis (Wii), Mario Kart, Kirby, Epic Mickey, Disney Universe, NASCAR ’15 & ’16, Lego Star Wars, Lego Marvel Super Heroes, Lego Marvel Avengers, Lego Harry Potter, Lego LOTR, Donkey Kong Country, Donkey Kong Country Returns, Kingdom Hearts, Just Dance (Xbox 360), Sonic, Need for Speed, Mod Nation Racers (PS3), Gran Turismo 5, John Madden Football (SNES), Xbox Kinect Adventures, Rock Band, Guitar Hero, Ratchet & Clank, Duck Hunter (NES), Tetris, Pro Bass Fishing (SNES & PS3). I like Halo, but only capture the flag, otherwise I completely suck.

  7. Jackie Gonzales says:

    I grew up playing video games and reading comic books. I’m totally a nerd!!! Hahaha

  8. Jonathan H. says:

    Cripes, Mike! You have no idea how happy it makes me to see Rock’n’Roll Racing and Warriors of the Eternal Sun in yellow on your favs list!
    Playing those games at your place are thoughts, crystallized and preeminent, among my happy childhood memories.

    • Jonathan H. says:

      And as a follow-up, I’m more than a bit jealous to hear that you have a secret passage in your house.
      But jealous in a beatific kind of way.

      • thaydawg says:

        It was a total bucket list item for me. The best incentive a man can give himself is ripping the door off. After that, there’s kind of no turning back.

    • thaydawg says:

      It truly didn’t get much better. I can’t believe they haven’t come out with an updated version of R&RR.

  9. Shauna Lake says:

    Hello. I’m Shauna Lake. I work at 2News….I’m working on a story about lds/mommy bloggers taking over the internet. Your post stirred up a lot of feelings! I’d like to talk to you on camera. The sooner the better.
    I look forward to hearing from you. 🙂

  10. gunnar says:

    your books are the best thing ever,

    BLOOD FOR THE BEARD!!!!!

  11. Celeste Engle says:

    My son loved your first TechnoWizard book! You were doing a signing at Zoo Montana and I got it for him! You were at his school (Elder Grove School, Billings, MT) and he wanted The Unchartered Lands but his class could not get the time for him to get a book and get it signed (he was bummed)! I hope we have a chance to get that book(with it signed) and the new book! His twin brother even enjoyed the first book and he HATES reading!! I really admire people that can write the stuff that gets young and old minds thinking about fantasy stuff that hits a cord with our reality!! Keep it up!!

    • thaydawg says:

      So good to hear! I’ll be at the Metra this Saturday and Sunday (Nov 9-10) for the Holiday Food & Gift Festival if you want to come stop by and get signed books!

  12. Samira Russell says:

    Can i see what your signature looks like? thx

  13. David Kriegsman says:

    I loved the Techno Wizard books. I also heard that Danny Double Day was getting published! Congratulations! Does this mean Techno Wizards Seeds of the Past will not be released? I loved Techno Wizards and want to read the ending,=.

    • thaydawg says:

      Don’t worry, the Techno Wizard series WILL be finished. Books 4 and 5 will be beyond epic. I can’t WAIT to tell that story, but it will be delayed with needing to focus on Danny Double Day and Danny Double Day 2. My heart and soul is with Techno Wizard and the story must be told!

      Thanks for reaching out!

  14. Mary Dugan says:

    Do you ever get extremely irritated by your kids? because sometimes I can’t stand my 6 siblings and I am the oldest.

  15. Thomas A. Wildwood says:

    Mike, if it is at all possible I would enjoy a chance to visit with you about writing and the publishing process. Hearing it from a local (Billings) author would be wonderful.

  16. Lyvia Little says:

    I just finished reading ‘The Double Life of Danny Day’ and I don’t think it is a spoiler but I was just wondering how you came up with the idea for having Zak and Freddie be Danny’s friends. I’m asking because his therapist said he needed balance in his life, and he got those two friend (Freddie representing discard Danny, and Zak representing sticky Danny) therefore bringing that kind of balance to Danny’s life no matter what day it is. Anyways, I’m wondering if you have any tips on coming up with stuff like that for books as I am attempting to write a book of my own. You came to my school a few years ago before the second Techno Wizard book was out and I have been really inspired by you ever since, but never found the right inspiration for my book. So I’m just searching for a couple pro tips. (I’m so sorry this ended up being so long and thank you for your patience if you do end up reading this) Finally, thank you so much for all the mentions of Zelda things in this book!

  17. Leslie says:

    You need to update your bucket list!
    You have 4 books published now, neh?

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