Michael Rupured grew up in Lexington, Kentucky, the thoroughbred horse capital of the world. In 1998, he moved to Athens, Georgia, home of the B-52s, R.E.M., Widespread Panic, and countless garage bands aspiring to make it big. He’s an avid fan of SEC sports—especially Georgia football, Kentucky basketball, and women’s gymnastics. Michael’s personal involvement in sports consists of running, working out at the gym, and playing with his longhaired Chihuahuas, Tico and Toodles. In addition to “writing stories true enough for government work,” he’s on the faculty of the College of Family and Consumer Sciences at the University of Georgia. He’s received numerous awards for financial education programs he’s developed over the last thirty years for youths and low-income families and served in a variety of leadership roles at the state and national level. In 2015, he was named Postsecondary Educator of the Year by the Georgia Association of Teachers of Family and Consumer Sciences and the Georgia Association for Career and Technical Education. He joined the Athens Writers Workshop in 2010 and has since published three novels: Until Thanksgiving in 2012, After Christmas Eve in 2013 (rereleasing as No Good Deed in 2016), Happy Independence Day—a Rainbow Award runner up for historical fiction in 2014—and Whippersnapper in 2016.