Michael L. Ross
Michael Ross is a lover of history and great stories.
Born in Lubbock, Texas, Michael is a retired software engineer turned author with three children and five grandchildren. Although he lives in Newton, Kansas with his wife of thirty-eight years, a part of Michael’s heart will always be in Texas.
After attending Rice University as an undergraduate, Michael went to Portland State University for his graduate degree and has degrees in computer science, software engineering, and German. In his spare time, Michael loves fishing, riding horses, and playing with his grandchildren (all of whom are currently under six years old).
The main character of Across the Great Divide, William Dorsey Crump, is one of the founders of Lubbock and Shallowater, Texas. Michael wrote a scholarly article on Will Crump for the Texas Historical Society which was published in the Handbook of Texas Online. Interestingly, Michael knew Will’s granddaughter when he was a child.
Along with his above-mentioned article, Michael has published several short stories. Across the Great Divide is his first novel and the first in the Across the Great Divide series.
Michael sees many parallels between the time of the Civil War and our divided nation of today. Sanctuary cities, immigration, arguments around the holiday table, threats of secession – all are nothing new. Sometimes, to understand the present, you have to look at the past – and reach Across the Great Divide.