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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Michael Thomas Barry  

Pen Name: None

Genre: C:ADULT History & Biography Non-Fiction

Born: 1963 in Chicago, Illinois

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Barry was born on May 7, 1963 in Chicago, Illinois and raised in northwest suburban Wheeling, Illinois. He graduated from Wheeling High School in 1981 and attended Illinois College from 1981-83.

Biographical and Professional Information

Michael Thomas Barry earned Bachelor of Arts degrees in both Criminal Justice and History from the California State University, Fullerton and also holds a post graduate degree in legal assistantship from the University of California, Irvine. He is a columnist for CrimeMagazine.com, and pens the daily column "What Happened on this Date in Crime." Barry has also written the e-short story ''Once in a Blue Moon: A Short Story'' which is available on Amazon. Michael is a member of the Mystery Writers of America, Crime Writers Association, Biographers International, American Society of Journalists and Authors, and Authors Guild. He resides in Orange, California.


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Awards

-- *2010 USA Book News Best Books Awards “finalist”, ''Final Resting Places Orange County's Dead & Famous'' *2011 Readers Favorite Best Books Awards “silver medal”, ''Fade to Black Graveside Memories of Hollywood Greats 1927-1950'' *2011 USA Book News Best Book Awards "finalist", ''Fade to Black Graveside Memories of Hollywood Greats 1927-1950'' *2012 JPX Media International Best Books Awards “winner”, ''Murder & Mayhem 52 Crimes that Shocked Early California 1849-1949'' *2012 Los Angeles Book Festival “honorable mention", ''Murder & Mayhem 52 Crimes that Shocked Early California 1849-1949'' *2012 Indie Excellence National Best Book Awards “finalist”, ''Murder & Mayhem 52 Crimes that Shocked Early California 1849-1949'' *2012 Halloween Book Festival "honorable mention" ''Murder & Mayhem 52 Crimes that Shocked Early California 1849-1949'' *2012 USA Book News Best Books Awards "finalist", ''Murder & Mayhem 52 Crimes that Shocked Early California 1849-1949'' *2013 Beverly Hills Book Awards "winner", ''Fade to Black Graveside Memories of Hollywood Greats 1927-1950'' *2013 Next Generation Indie Book Awards "finalist", ''Great Britain's Royal Tombs'' *2013 International Book Awards sponsored by USA Book News “winner”, ''Great Britain’s Royal Tombs'' *2013 Readers Favorite International Book Awards "Honorable mention", ''Great Britain's Royal Tombs'' *2013 Halloween Book Festival "Winner", ''Final Resting Places Orange County's Dead & Famous'' *2013 Southern California Book Festival "Honorable Mention", ''Fade to Black Graveside Memories of Hollywood Greats, 1927-1950'' *2014 Next Generation Indie Book Awards "finalist," ''Literary Legends of the British Isles'' *2014 Readers Favorite International Book Awards "gold medal," ''Literary Legends of the British Isles''