Michael Hood was born and raised in Sacramento, California.  He received his BA and MA in English from California State University: Sacramento.  He also received a teaching certificate in English composition and taught at Sacramento City College.  In contrast with his studies in English, Michael also studied music and was classically trained in piano since he was eight years old.  If he is not writing, he is usually playing the piano.  While he continues to edit and tutor, he is grateful to UCR for the opportunity to pursue writing full-time.