ABOUT

Michael Gerard Bauer was born and lives in Brisbane Australia. In 2000 he resigned from his full-time position as an English/Economics teacher to pursue his dream of becoming a writer.

In 2004 his first YA novel The Running Man was published to great acclaim. It subsequently won the 2005 Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) Book of the Year for Older Readers and was short-listed for the NSW, Victoria and South Australian State Premiers’ Literary awards.

In 2008 the German translation of The Running Man was short-listed for the German Youth Literature Prize and won the German Catholic Children’s and Young People’s Book Prize. In 2014 it was short-listed for the Prix Farniente in Belgium. In 2009 the Italian translation of The Running Man was a finalists for the “Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Cento” Prize.

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Mainz Germany 2008.

In 2007 his second novel, a ‘laugh out loud’ comedy entitled Don’t Call Me Ishmael! was short-listed in both the CBCA awards and the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards and won the 2007 Children’s Peace Literature Award and the 2008 South Australian Festival Award for Children’s Literature. It was also included in the 2007 White Ravens selection for Outstanding International Books for children and young adults. Its sequel Ishmael and the Return of the Dugongs was a 2008 CBCA Notable book. The final book in the trilogy Ishmael and the Hoops of Steel and was released in July 2011. It was shortlisted for the 2012 CBCA Book of the Year for Older Readers.

Michael’s other books include, Dinosaur Knights a 2010 CBCA Notable Book described as ‘an original and adrenalin-pumping adventure’, You Turkeys! an illustrated chapter book, part of the Scholastic Mates series for early readers, and Just a Dog which was named Honour Book in the 2011 CBCA awards in the Younger Readers category and won the 2011 Queensland Premier’s award for best Children’s Book.

Recently Michael has written a series of three humorous books for younger readers: Eric Vale Epic Fail; (BILBY Award Winner 2014; KOALA Honour Book 2014) Eric Vale Super Male; (CBCA Notable Book 2014) and Eric Vale Off the Rails (Selected as one of the 2013 GET READING 50 Books You Can’t Put Down). The books are fully illustrated by Michael’s son Joe who as well as being a talented artist is an amazing young film-maker and along with his wife Rita Artmann make up Artspear Entertainment.  Joe made the trailer for Eric Vale Epic Fail.

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The first of spin-off series from the Eric Vale books Secret Agent Derek ‘Danger’ Dale: The Case of Animals Behaving Really REALLY Badly came out in July 2014. You can see Joe Bauer’s trailer here. Two other Derek Dale action adventures The Case of the Really REALLY Scary Things and The Case of the Really REALLY Magnetic Magnetic have now been released.

In May 2016 the YA comedy The Pain, My Mother, Sir Tiffy, Cyber Boy and Me was releasedMichael’s most recent publication (September 2017) is his first picture book Rodney Loses It! illustrated by Chrissie Krebs. It has just been short-listed for the 2018 CBCA Awards in the Early Readers category.

These days Michael is a full-time writer. His books are widely set as school texts and he is in high demand for talks and workshops at schools and Festivals around Australia. He has also enjoyed three very successful visits to Indonesia as a Writer in Residence at the Jakarta International School (2007 and 2008) and the British International School (2008). As well he has visited the American community School in Abu Dhabi (2012) and spent three weeks at schools in Southern China (2006. See Blogs 87 and 88). In 2010 Michael was one of the guest authors at the White Ravens International Children’s and Youth Literature Festival in Munich Germany and in 2012 he was invited to the Edinburgh Writers festival.

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In the Writers Yurt at the Edinburgh Book Festival 2012.

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Edinburgh Book Festival Bookshop.

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Edinburgh Book Festival

Michael’s books are currently sold in over 42 countries including the USA and UK and translated into 12 languages.

He can be found on:

FACEBOOK at Michael Gerard Bauer Author

INSTAGRAM at mgbauerpics

TWITTER at m_g_bauer

53 Responses to ABOUT

  1. Gen Adams says:

    Hi Michael, I bought your book “Nennt mich nicht Ismael” in Germany in February, looking for something age appropriate for my bingual German-Aussie son to read. The bookshop had it prominently displayed alongside ‘Wonder’and ‘Percy Jackson’, and the sales lady assured me that middle school boys love this book! I had no idea you were actually Australian till now when I opened it up and saw “Aus dem Englischen” written inside. Congratulations on your success in the German market. Very impressive!

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    • mgbauer says:

      Thanks so much Gen. I hope your son enjoys Ishmael. My German publishers Carl Hanser have been wonderful to me. They have published ten of my books with the eleventh on the way. Germany has been by far my most successful overseas market. I’ve visited twice – once for a book prize in Mainz and once as a guest of the White Ravens Festival in Munich – and I’d love to return. Cheers Michael

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  2. Will says:

    Hi Michael,
    I am doing a school project on you and I would really like to know what your favourite to eat is and do you have any other hobbies

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    • mgbauer says:

      Hi Will. Just sent an email reply but in case you don’t get it, one of my favourite things to eat ever since I was a kid was Lamb Chops and my main hobby is playing guitar badly and singing even worse. Good luck with the project! Cheers Michael

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  3. Maija says:

    Hi Michael my name is Maija and I really like the don’t call me Ishmael books and I recently finished Ishmael and the hoops of steel, and I was wondering if you where going to write another one? And if so when where you hopping on releasing it?

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    • mgbauer says:

      Hi Maija. Thanks for writing. Great to hear that you enjoyed the Ishmael books and that you made it through to the end. I have a special place in my heart for anyone who completes the journey with Ishmael and his friends. I really enjoyed writing the series but I don’t think there will be any more. The story was about their school life together so it ends on Graduation Day in Year 12 I’m afraid. In a couple of weeks here where I live in Brisbane there is going to be a performance of Don’t Call Me Ishmael: The Musical so I’m really looking forward to that. Thanks again for writing Maija. Sorry there’s no new Ishmael’s on the horizon. Maybe you could try my book The Pain … etc … and Me. It’s a bit like Ishmael in style but has a teenage girl as the narrator. Cheers Michael

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    • mgbauer says:

      Hi Maija. Somehow I missed your question so I’m very sorry for this very late reply. Sadly there won’t be a fourth Ishmael book because I think their story for me ends when they leave school and head out into the world. I’m so glad you enjoyed reading the series. I have a special place in my heart for any reader like yourself who has followed Ishmael and his friends’ journey from beginning to end. Cheers Michael
      PS My book The Pain, My Mother, Sir Tiffy, Cyber Boy and Me is similar in style to the Ishmael books but with a teenage girl as the narrator. You might like that.

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  4. ljsblandy46 says:

    Hi Micheal. What inspired you to write the running man?

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  5. Hannah Jakubowski says:

    Hi MGB, I’m Hannah from Germany and I read ‘Don’t call me Ishmael’ at school in my German lessons. Now we have to write a reading diary about the book. I really love it and I’d like to know, what inspired you to write the story. Did you probably know someone who was bullied?

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    • mgbauer says:

      Hi Hannah. Great to hear that you enjoyed Ishmael. The bullying wasn’t based on any personal experience of mine but as I was a teacher for quite a while it was certainly an issue I was familiar with. The idea of bullying really just developed in the novel when I wondered why Ishmael hated his name. My answer was that maybe someone was making fun of it. That someone became the character of Barry Bagsley. You can read more about the development of the story in blog 8 on my page here: https://michaelgerardbauer.com/2011/05/22/blog-8-in-which-i-say-thanks-a-lot-herman/ Cheers.

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  6. Hi MGB I was wonder what device did you use for your writing?

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    • mgbauer says:

      Hi. Do you mean what do I write with? If so, I do everything on computer – which at present is a laptop. I don’t use a special writing program, just Word. Cheers.

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  7. old mate says:

    Hi MGB did you have anything important happen to you between the years of 1960 and 2000

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  8. Hussy says:

    Hi MGB I was just wondering whetheryou have or had a wife And if you do do you have a son

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  9. Harry says:

    Hi MGB i have a dew questions for you for an assignment
    1who were your parents
    2 have you had any other accomplishments
    And3 what were your hobbies when you were younger

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    • mgbauer says:

      Hi Harry. My parents names were Elsie and Denis. Most of my accomplishments have been with writing. Not sure I had a proper hobby when I was younger although I did collect stamps for a while. My interests included, painting and drawing, playing guitar, writing songs, watching TV/films and sport – mainly football and cricket.

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  10. Tavae tito says:

    Who inspired you to write books????
    How was your childhood???
    What kind of books did he write????

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    • mgbauer says:

      Hi Tavae. Lots of writers inspired me but the one who had the biggest influence at the time I started was the Australian writer Markus Zusak and his books Fighting Rueben Wolf, Underdogs, The Messenger and most recently The Book Thief. My childhood was a very happy one. Cheers.

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      • Tavae Tito says:

        Can i ask you one more question
        Why did you choose to become a writer?
        please dont make it short pls

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        • mgbauer says:

          Tavae I became an author because I loved words and stories. The first things I tried writing when I was a teenager were songs. I became an English teacher because of my love of reading and stories and eventually I wanted to see if I could write some stories of my own and get them published. I was inspired by many writers but the main one whose books inspired me to start writing my first novel The Running Man was the Australian author Markus Zusak.

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  11. Aarana says:

    Hi Michael, I’ve read ‘Just a dog’ twice now and all I can say is that I absolutely love it. That book made me cry and I never cry reading books no matter how sad they are and I’ve also never had a book that has made me this emotional, so great job. I love your book so much that I’m doing it for a school project and I’m sure that my classmates will want to read the book.
    Cheers

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    • mgbauer says:

      Hi Aarana
      Thank you so much for those lovely comments. It’s great to hear that you enjoyed Just a Dog. I loved writing that book. Some of the stories about Mr Moe and Corey were made up and some were based on real things that happened to me and the two dogs I grew up with. The fishing hook story and the story about the dad pulling up the garage floor boards were both based on real things that happened.
      All the best with your school project. Say Hi to your classmates and your teacher from me.
      Cheers Michael.
      ps I shed a few tears writing some of Moe’s stories.

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      • Aarana says:

        Thanks, I have one question for my project. What was it like in your childhood and what did you want to be when you were a child.

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        • mgbauer says:

          I had a very happy childhood. I grew up in the Brisbane suburb of Ashgrove (the setting of my book The Running Man) along with my older brother and two older sisters. When I was a child the first thing I wanted to be was a Samurai warrior because my hero then (and now!) was the star of a popular action/adventure TV show called The Samurai. It was set in medieval Japan and the Samurai’s name in it was Shintaro. So I wanted to be a Samurai just like Shintaro. Or a ninja!

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  12. Jeff Willy says:

    Don’t call me ishmael is very funny! Please please please make more new books!

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    • mgbauer says:

      Thanks Jeff, glad you enjoyed it. There are two sequels to DCM Ishmael which take the characters up to the last day of yr 12 but I don’t think there will be any more. I have a new teenage novel (with a female narrator this time) coming out in May 2016.

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  13. Jennifer Lambert says:

    Have just used The Running Man (all time Favourite) with my Year 11s. You would be impressed with the depth they were able to come up with. Each and every one of them loved the book which is unusual. I love it and I guess I am able to enthuse them as well. Am just starting Just a Dog and am looking forward to another ‘can’t put it down’ book.

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    • mgbauer says:

      Hi Jennifer
      Thank you so much for taking the time to send that feedback. I have visited a lot of schools over recent years where my books have been used and I know only too well how much of a difference an enthusiastic and passionate teacher makes to the success of a set text. As an ex-English teacher myself it’s wonderful to hear that the book went went with your class. Please say Hi to them all from me.
      Just a Dog has had some lovely reviews but it is a book that divides some people over whether they think the content is suitable for certain age groups. I saw a review from one lady in America who said the book was going ‘straight in the fire’! Although she did admit that her son didn’t share her ‘concerns’ with the book.
      Thanks again for writing and I hope you can find a place for Mr Moe, and his broken family, in your heart.
      Cheers
      Michael

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  14. josh says:

    how do you get your ideas i need it for a school project please

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    • mgbauer says:

      Hi Josh
      Ideas can come from anywhere. In Eric Vale, some of the stories are just made up completely and some are based on things that have happened to me or that I’ve read or seen or heard about. Sometimes they start off as real life events but then become changed and exaggerated to make them funnier.
      Cheers
      Michael

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  15. Jellico says:

    I just read Just a dog and it was a great story.I would love to have a dog like that.

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  17. charlotte says:

    i am reading just a dog am am up to chapter 15 mr mosely’s mysteries and I love it so far it is such a great book and nearly cried thankyou for the great book

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    • mgbauer says:

      Thank you so much Charlotte. I’m really glad that you’re enjoying Just a Dog. I know there are some sad things in the story but I hope that reading it will be a positive experience overall for you. Thank you for taking the time to write. I really appreciate it. Cheers Michael.

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  18. sophie says:

    My class has read 2 of your books so far they are loving it thanks.

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    • mgbauer says:

      Thanks Sophie. That’s great to hear. What year level do you have and what have they read?
      Please say hello to them all for me.
      Cheers
      Michael

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  19. Ah, so you are aided by a competent other whilst I merely have a husband. Always a little hesitant to use those two ‘m’ words in the same sentence; they rarely work well together. (I mean Male and Multi task not Michael). Will miss tomorrow night’s Book Links meeting (again) unfortunately but Denise, Beth and Jenny all well aware of my affinity for the odd glass of red so please indulge on my behalf. You may wish to remind them. For me to do so repeately would be reckless.

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  20. Hi Michael Only met you once at Govt House but your words gather round me like time honoured friends. Fantastic site. But I didn’t pay much attention to the look. Love your words…you obviously don’t spend much time ironing. Dimity

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    • mgbauer says:

      Hi Dimity. Thanks so much for dropping by and for those generous words. I hope that comment about ironing wasn’t in response to the state of my clothes!

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      • Never! Just an observation that perhaps you are one of the clever ones who spends less time on domestic ‘unnecessities’ and more on word weaving. Unless of course you can multi task!

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  21. Angela Sunde says:

    I finished Just a Dog a couple of days ago and it has lingered like a warm hug. I had been warned to have tissues ready, but I managed without. I thought the whole story was tenderly handled and it brought me closer to my childhood memories of the dog I loved. Thanks for that, Michael.

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  22. Pat Flynn says:

    This is a blog from someone with too much time on his hands. Much too professional looking for my tastes…
    Well done MGB.

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  23. Megan Daley says:

    MGB…so impressed with your blog!!! Did you REALLY make it yourself??? I thought ‘The Running Man’ would always be my MGB favourite…but after reading ‘Just a Dog’ twice now, I think it might have won…

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    • mgbauer says:

      All my own work! I surprised myself a little.
      Thanks so much Megan. When I was first asked who I thought the book was for I said ‘I’m not sure. Maybe just me.’ So it’s really lovely to hear when someone else likes it too.

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      • nywrian says:

        hi michael can you please reply to this please its for my homework and my homework is to write about your fav author and your my favourite author so can you please answer this question. plus i love your all your book but my favourite book is ” just a dog” i enjoyed reading and i love it.
        1. what they are well-known for/ very good at?
        2. where they are from/ grew up?
        3.how they become so good at what they do?
        4. what they have to teach you and the class?
        So i hope you answer them thanks but when i go on your website its about you literately nothing it says what you are good at and other stuff so yeah!!!

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        • mgbauer says:

          Hi nywrian
          Thank you for those kind words and I’m glad you liked Just a Dog but I really think you could find something to say about the first three questions just by reading the ABOUT link on my blog plus some of the interviews that are linked to on the RESOURCES page. Question 2 for example is answered in the VERY FIRST LINE of the ABOUT section. Sorry but I think your homework is for you to do. Might be the ex-teacher in me coming out (hey that might have something to do with Ques 3!) Question 4 is definitely one that you are supposed to answer yourself by thinking about Just a Dog and what you might get from reading it. Sorry that’s the best I can do. Cheers.

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