Michael Mahin is a children’s author, screenwriter, and self-confessed wannabe rockstar. His debut picture book, Muddy: The Story of Blues Legend Muddy Waters (Atheneum), is about the indomitable Muddy Waters, the blues music legend whose innovative style and sound laid the musical foundation for what would become rock n’ roll. It is a New York Times Best Illustrated Book of 2017, one of 2017’s Top 10 Books for Kids according to the New York Public Library.
Michael has loved music since he first started taking piano lessons at the age of five and is drawn to stories about people who have used their own creativity to overcome hardship and make the world a better place. He hopes his children’s books inspire kids to be more creative, more confident, and more compassionate, while also providing parents and educators an entertaining way to teach children about diversity, creativity, and different cultures.
In addition to his children’s writing, Michael is also screenwriter. An original horror script he wrote is going into production in December 2017 and will star Academy Award winner Tatum O’Neil and be directed by Julian Richards, director of the cult-classic The Last Horror Movie.
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