Michael Hurley is an American author and attorney. Born and raised in Baltimore, he holds degrees in education, from the University of Maryland at College Park (B.A., 1981), and law, from St. Louis University (J.D., 1984). He is an active member of the State Bar of North Carolina, where he practiced as a litigator for twenty-two years until his retirement in 2015. He is an inactive member of the State Bar of Texas, where he entered practice in 1984. He has two grown children.
Michael has written three novels and several works of nonfiction. His debut novel, The Prodigal, was awarded the Chanticleer Reviews Grand Prize for Book of the Year in 2013. He received the Eric Hoffer Award for his second novel, The Vineyard. A memoir, Once Upon A Gypsy Moon, was published in 2013 by Hachette Book Group. He wrote and published Hurley’s Journal, a quarterly literary journal on wilderness canoeing, between 1995 and 2003 for more than 10,000 subscribers in forty-eight states. Letters from the Woods, a collection of essays from Hurley’s Journal, was shortlisted for Book of the Year by ForeWord Magazine. He completed his third novel, The Passage, and his third essay-collection, Tales from the Camino, in 2016 while living abroad in London.
A lifelong sailor, Michael obtained a commercial captain’s license from the U. S. Coast Guard in 1992 and since 2016 has been exploring the world aboard his 1967 Camper Nicholson 32 sloop, Nevermore, which he purchased in England. He set sail for La Palma in the Canary Islands from the English Channel on May 5, 2016, and crossed the Atlantic in January 2017, arriving in St. Lucia. He is currently sailing and living aboard in the Caribbean.