Author, Paranormal Investigator, featured on Animal Planet's The Haunted
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Mike Ricksecker is the author of the Chase Michael DeBarlo mystery novels Deadly Heirs and System of the Dead, and the paranormal books Ghosts of Maryland, and Ghosts and Legends of Oklahoma. He has appeared on Animal Planet's The Haunted television show and Bio Channel's My Ghost Story, is currently a paranormal investigator and "ghostorian" with Society of the Haunted, and regularly speaks about the paranormal and writing.
The son of a tool and die maker, Mike spent ten years growing up in western Massachusetts and began writing detective fiction as far back as the second grade. He carried his passion of writing with him back to Ohio, the state of his birth, where he created a myriad of short stories, novellas, and song lyrics. The character, Chase Michael DeBarlo, was also seen in print for the first time during this period.
After a 6-year stint in the U.S. Air Force that bounced him between Texas, Mississippi, Alaska, and Maryland, Mike resumed his detective fiction by beginning to create an interactive computer game. During the project, he realized his true passion and began the task of writing a full-length novel. The game concept is still in development at this time, and the precursors can be experienced through the mini-mystery games available via the Mike Ricksecker Mystery newsletter.
While at Ft. George G. Meade, MD, Mike was the editor for The Monitor, the 29th Intelligence Squadron newsletter. The editor position basically meant doing 75% of the writing and 100% of the layout, but enjoyable none-the-less. Also worth noting is the flyer titled “The Issues” Mike created for the George W. Bush presidential campaign which was used nation-wide in 2000. This flyer is still available for download.
In 2004, Deadly Heirs, the first installment of the Chase Michael DeBarlo mystery series was published, and the sequel, System of the Dead, was released in 2012. A third is in the works.
Although Mike and his family moved to Oklahoma in 2009, Ghosts of Maryland was published by Schiffer Publishing in 2010. He subsequently inked a deal to write a similar paranormal tome about ghosts and legends in Oklahoma, which was released in 2011 as Ghosts and Legends of Oklahoma.
Mike resides again in Maryland and has four children.