Writing for a better life


All author proceeds from Native are donated to ONE Spirit, an award winning top-rated non-profit 501(c)3 charity that helps Lakota people to meet their basic needs, and provide a culturally rich life for their youth – see www.nativeprogress.org

Mike J Sparrow - Author Bio

As a young boy, growing up in London, the highlight of Mike’s week was the visit to his grandfather Frank’s farm near Beaconsfield. Mending the fences, sitting on Frank’s knee and steering the old land rover around the fields, feeding the horses or just walking in the woods, his connection with the land and zest for the outdoors became deeply engrained. Whimsical dreams of living on a ranch in America or working with exotic wildlife in Africa were at the heart of his childhood aspirations, but seemed little more than extravagant flights of fancy.

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H owever, a lack of academic distinction meant that dreams would have to be put on hold, and upon leaving school at eighteen Mike was confronted by the need to earn a living, working as a labourer on a building site before getting a job in a London pub.

A natural aptitude for the practical aspects of providing good customer service and running an efficient business proved the foundation for what would turn into a long term career, and with the help and support of a few notable mentors he went on to run groups of pubs, hotels and restaurants around the UK, and led the government division of a major international catering and facilities management company.

During this time Mike met his wife and soulmate, Adele, and together they made their home in the picturesque Dales of rural North Yorkshire, where they married in 1992, developed their 17th century farmhouse, and raised their three wonderful children in the peaceful haven of one of the UK’s most beautiful landscapes.

Stimulated by a former business acquaintance, Mike moved from the hospitality to the construction industry in 2007 leading a multi-national utilities contractor that delivered its services in geographies spanning Europe, the Far East, Australasia and the USA.

This taste of global travel rekindled Mike’s interest in the American west, where the attraction of Yellowstone National Park and horse riding in the rocky mountain wilderness culminated in he and Adele purchasing a much loved property at the head of Paradise Valley.

As is often the case in life, one action led to another, and time spent in Montana gave his childhood passion for nature the oxygen it needed to flourish once more. Indeed, understanding the ability to live in closer harmony with nature, how to live off the land, and how to harness the potency of the medicinal qualities of naturally occurring plants, resonated with a deep inner desire. So, it was no surprise that the history and culture of the local native American tribes began to become a focus of interest and a rich source of inspiration.

By late 2013 a nagging compulsion for change was taking hold. Mike wanted to spend more time with his wife and family, and was gripped by the notion of writing about the insights of the native American people and their often tragic history. So, as New Year beckoned, he left the security of full-time employment and embarked upon a career as an author.

M ike’s first novel Native was published on 18th October 2017. It is the first book in a three part series, Manifest Destiny, that seeks to convey a sense of the immensely reverent values of the traditional Lakota culture, and the impact of the tribes irreconcilable conflict with the invasive tide of European migrants that changed the face of the Great Plains forever. The proceeds from Native will be donated to a charity aimed at helping to develop employment opportunities for young Lakota people on Pine Ridge reservation, where unemployment runs at over 80% and poverty results in some of the highest rates of teenage suicide in the USA.

Further fulfilling his dreams Mike has now travelled extensively in South Africa and is writing a high paced novel, Rhino, about the abhorrent scourge of poaching afflicting one of Africa’s most iconic animals. Similar to Native, the proceeds of this book will be donated to help develop sustainable employment opportunities for young people in the local communities around the Kruger National Park.