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Jon Michael Riley . . . Jon Michael Riley, Author Searching for Cool, Praying for Heat

Born in Lowell, Massachusetts and as a young child moved to North Carolina where Jon and his family lived in small mill towns. There he enjoyed a particularly schizophrenic childhood with heated white supremacy at school and elsewhere, while his home life was filled with books, interesting conversation, and a wide-horizon view of the world.

After graduating from the Atlanta College of Art, he and his wife Catherine lived and studied in Paris on a French Government Scholarship. A year later Jon returned to attend New York University’s Graduate Institute of Film and Television.

He subsequently worked his way—with help and encouragement from Catherine—into being a New York studio and location photographer of considerable reputation, straddling that delicate line between commercial, or client-based work, and art photography. His wide range of clients included IBM, AT&T, Audi, Elizabeth Arden, Canon, Coca-Cola, FedEx, Marshall Amps, and a number of banks and investment firms. Rizzoli published his first book on Ireland, entitled The Irish File- Images from a Land of Grace.

Largely because of a serious back injury, Jon backed away from the physical rigors of high-end photography and began to write, attend writers’ workshops and conferences.

Dream the Dawn is Jon’s second novel and the first in a Channey Moran series. It is a story that adventure loving photographers, environmentalists or anyone interested in things Irish will find fascinating.

Up next is the second in that series, entitled Photo Shoot, a story where the photographer, Channey Moran, goes to Somalia to help rescue some good people from bad-boy pirates.

On the back burner is an image book on all the sacred things and places in Ireland, a place Jon has lived in, studied and knows well. The working title is Spirit and Remembrance- The Sacred Ireland. With most principle photography completed, all it really needs is a good publisher.

Jon and Catherine now live in a quiet mountain cove outside of Asheville, North Carolina.

 

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