Donald Michael Platt was born and raised in San Francisco, graduated from Lowell High School and received his BA in history from the University of California at Berkeley. After two years in the army, Donald attended graduate school at San Jose State, where he won a batch of literary awards in the annual Senator Phelan Literary Contest.
Donald taught English and creative writing at Los Gatos Union High School, then moved to Southern California to begin his professional writing career. He sold to the TV series Mr. Novak, ghosted for health food guru Dan Dale Alexander, and wrote for and with diverse producers, among them Harry Joe Brown, Sig Schlager, Albert J. Cohen, and Al Ruddy, as well as Paul Stader Sr., Hollywood stuntman and stunt/second unit director. While in Hollywood, Donald taught creative writing and advanced placement European history at Fairfax High School, where he was the chairman for the Social Studies Department.
Penmore Press will be offering reprint editions of Donald's popular novels: A Gathering of Vultures (finalist in the Indie Awards horror category 2013), set in Florianópolis, Brazil where Donald lived before moving to Florida, Rocamora (finalist for the International Book Awards 2012) along with its sequel House of Rocamora, a pair of historical novels of intrigue set in 17th century Spain and Amsterdam during their Golden Ages. Finally, Penmore Press will offer Bodo the Apostate, a tale of scandal set in the ninth century Carolingian Empire.
Donald currently resides in Winter Haven Florida along with his cat, Bodo, a loquacious tyrant.
For more information about the author please visit Donald Michael Platt's website. And for more information about Rocamora and House of Rocamora, enjoy this interview of Donald Michael Platt with author Elizabeth Caulfield Felt.
A New Edition of the Award Winning Close to the Sun:
Donald Michael Platt: Close to the Sun. The award winning story of the tumultuous lives of fighter pilots and exceptional women, newly recruited to serve on both sides of World War II. Hank Milroy from Wyoming has idealized the gallant exploits of World War I fighter aces since boyhood. Seth Braham falls in love with flying during an air show at San Francisco's Crissy Field. Braxton Mobley, the hotshot from Texas, wants to outscore every man in the air force. Texas tomboy Catherine "Winty" McCabe is as good a flyer as any man. In Germany, Karl Fürst von Pfalz-Teuffelreich aspires to surpass his father's forty-nine Luftsiegen; Princess Maria-Xenia, a stateless White Russian, works for German intelligence; and Elfriede Wohlman is a frontline nurse with a dangerous secret. Dreams of glory soon collide with the brutality of callous political decisions, disastrous mistakes, and horrific atrocities and soon they fight not only to fulfill their missions, but to survive with their honor intact.