Mike Shipley now resides in Panama after retiring from a 23 year career as a trial attorney in the employment/civil rights field and juvenile justice system. Prior to moving to Washington and attending law school at University of Puget Sound where he was also an assistant defensive coach, he was a secondary social studies teacher and football coach for fourteen years. For his entire adult life he has raised, showed and trained horses and cattle dogs. When he moved to Panama he brought his two cattle dogs and two horses and continued his life long passion. Although La Niña is his first attempt at publishing, he has been writing his whole life.
He is the father of three adult children from two marriages and has lived alone for several years. He has lived in Panama since October 2011 with plans of being there the remainder of his life. Besides his writing he has a small business with his horses where he breeds, trains and sells horses as well as giviing lessons and conducting clinics in horsemanship.