When I was young, I always wanted to be somewhere else.

My family moved around some in the early years: Boston to New Hampshire to Wisconsin, then finally to central Missouri. We took camping trips in the summer. Columbia was a fine place to grow up, but when I was eighteen, well, it was one coast or the other.

After college, I spent several years abroad, working in Japan and traveling around the Pacific Rim. On the cheap — “goat class,” as they say in Indonesia. I’ve hitchhiked through northeast Asia, taken a freighter to Bora Bora, overlanded to Tibet, backpacked across Tasmania, and climbed Mt. Kinabalu on Borneo.

That seems like a long time ago.

In Boston I’ve had all sorts of jobs. I worked for the city’s transit agency, on an ambulance, at the food co-op — the novelist’s requisite, eclectic background. The professional resume includes some finance jobs, a graduate degree from MIT’s Sloan School, and a stint as VP at Fidelity Investments. That was my last nine-to-five job.

When our daughter was born, we decided I’d stay home with her. We had another child, a few years later. They’re in grade school now, and my wife still works outside the home. I write when I can, cook, procrastinate, and spend a lot of time at the playground.

For press purposes, here’s the short-form bio:

Mike Cooper is the pseudonym of a former jack-of-all-trades. Under a different name his work has received wide recognition, including a Shamus Award, a Thriller nomination, and inclusion in BEST AMERICAN MYSTERY STORIES 2010. His novel FULL RATCHET, sequel to CLAWBACK, was published by Viking this summer. Mike lives outside Boston with his family. More at