Recently, Palm Beach Happening has had the unique opportunity to profile some of the 21st centuries finest fiction and non-fiction authors, in partnership with Waldorf Publishing. Today, we are proud to feature Michael Merle Thomas.

How did you get your start in the literary world? Since I was a young boy, I have always loved reading. One of my favorite classes in high school was creative writing. After I finished this book, I met a retired policeman who got his book published through Waldorf Publishing. It was through him that I met Barbara Terry, the Waldorf publisher.

Can you tell us a little more about what you do? I am an instructor of diesel engine technologies for a major U.S. diesel engine distributor

What is your favorite part about being an author? I get a tremendous feeling of accomplishment knowing that I started with an idea for a story and created a novel. It took seven years to complete because I am working full time. I am proud of the fact that I stuck with it and completed it.

How do you get your inspiration? I read every single day, between books and the news. Some of my ideas come from news stories and current events. Some come from historical events, which was the case for this book.

Of all the characters you have created, which one would you like to see come alive on the silver screen? Since I have only written one book, I would be thrilled to see all of the characters in my book on the silver screen. 

What is the funniest thing to happen in your career? Probably trying to adapt to social media in order to promote my book. Apparently I can write a novel, but don’t have a clue how to create a Twitter account or Facebook. I had to asked my daughter for help in setting up my twitter account and my nephew to build my web site,

 Can you tell us a bit about your book? The title is ‘Manson’s Last Disciple’. In it I have merged a historical crime with some fictitious characters and events. 

A teenage runaway is hitch-hiking in 1969 in California. He is picked up by Charles Manson. My character joins the hippie cult known as the Family. He accompanies Tex Watson and some female family members to the house of Sharon Tate, not realizing that the true mission was to slaughter everyone in the house. As people are dying around him, he escapes the Family and settles in Oregon. He hides there for forty years. Then in 2009, Family member Squeaky Fromme is released from federal prison for her assassination attempt on president Gerald Ford. Soon some very Manson like murders are happening again. Not long after this, my character’s past catches up with him as he tries to prove his innocence for these murders, and the 1969 murders as well.

What is your next big project? I am working on another novel in a similar genre.

Anything else you would like to add? I have always wanted to be a published author. I am thrilled that this is going to be a reality.


Several of the books published through Waldorf Press can be found at your local library. The Palm Beach County Library System has dozens of electronic books, printed books – both novels & non-fiction, audiobooks, and DVDs or Blu-ray discs to help you understand how powerful reading can be! Travel to your closest branch or find them on the web!

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