What is so special about the author? What makes him tick?
What kind of life did he lead to write stories as he does? In a word, ADVENTUROUS! An excerpt from his latest book, You are a Psychic, The Healer’s Handbook says it best:
“Walking barefoot, poking in dirt, growing things, taking care of animals is good for you. Being in direct contact with life is good for you. Even an occasion close call and a brush with death are good for you and so is any mad charge at life. That is where exhilaration lives. Doing sports until you drop, building something, exerting yourself to the fullest, doing the impossible, hiking through nature, exhaustion, working hard, being licked profusely by a dog, swimming through a storm or just in a lake with E.coli always present, kissing and any sexual activities—the opposite of insulation and sterilization—is life. Everything else is meh. The general concept of living is more life and less meh. Otherwise, you are on the shortest path to utter disappointment.”
Born in the Soviet Ukraine, Michael Priv arrived to the USA in 1979 and went on to graduate the University of Pittsburgh to become a Construction Engineer. An insurance Field Adjustor by day and a writer by night, Michael currently resides in San Francisco Bay Area with his family. Michael started in Scientology as a Dianetics Auditor in San Francisco in 1987, joined the highest monastic order of Scientology, the Sea Organization, in 1988. He spent eighteen years doing Russian translations for the Church and leading translations in fifty-three different languages at the infamous Int Base, the Headquarters of the Church, in a “secret” desert location near Hemet, CA. Michael walked off his post of the Translations Coordinator International in protest to the policies and corruption at the top of the Church organization in 2004, was tried for Treason and spent a year in the Sea Org prison in Los Angeles until his dramatic escape in 2005.
Michael’s writing career started in 2008 with the publication of his first novel, Friends of Fred, available on Amazon and elsewhere. His first Sci-Fi novel, The Fifth Battalion, his auto-biography, The Golden Fleece, The Diary of a Scientology Warrior, as well as nineteen of his short stories, marked by lighthearted view of life and a spark of spirituality, are available on Amazon.
Michael has also published a collection of his selected short stories, The Roto-Rooter. Recently he released a psychic healing guidebook, You Are Psychic, The Healer’s Handbook, the culmination of over 30 years of research, trial and error, the first ever attempt to train anyone into a psychic healer capable of locating anyone anywhere on the planet spiritually, viewing inside the body and healing that body by manipulating energy, fluid and light flows. He has also completed the screenplay for the Sci-Fi action comedy mini-series Seven Years of Good Luck as well as the screenplay for The Fifth Battalion.