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Bio: Earl Merkel is the author of The Law Of Unintended Consequences (Elmtree Press, 2015), Fallout - A Beck Casey Thriller (Diversion Books/NYC; 2015); Fire Of The Prophet - A Beck Casey Thriller (Diversion Books/NYC, 2013); Virgins And Martyrs (Elmtree Press, re-released by Amazon in 2015; originally published by Five Star, under the name "E L Merkel"); Final Epidemic - A Beck Casey Thriller (Diversion Books - originally published by PenguinPutnam/NAL), a Barnes and Noble national bestseller; and Dirty Fire (Diversion Books - originally published by PenguinPutnam/NAL). Earl spent more than a decade as a journalist, columnist and commentator; today, while he is a full-time novelist, he continues to contribute to a variety of newspapers and magazines— usually after their editors have had time to extinguish the reader-reaction brushfires from his previous submissions. He is also a talk-radio host & producer, as well as an occasional guest of unwary shows on television, radio, and podcast. During his career, Earl has dodged gunfire, teargas canisters, and verbal brickbats as a journalist (and on occasion as a private citizen, having somehow annoyed armed or vocal strangers); spent years "comforting the afflicted and afflicting the comfortable," as an investigative reporter, newspaper columnist and satirist; and as a consultant has advised some of the largest corporations in the world on the merits of open and honest communications — not always with success. As the "more" on the nationally broadcast talk-radio program Money & More, where he served for nine years through 2012 as co-host and executive producer, Earl left the money-talk to the experts. He admits that he's far more comfortable in other areas —talking with authors like Lawrence Block, Ken Burns, Robin Cook and Neil Gaiman about their books; arguing current events and politics with such guests as Steve Forbes, Jack Welch, Dick Morris, Oliver North and Newt Gingrich; and even cracking-wise with the likes of Mark Steyn, Neal Cavuto and Michael Medved— than he is dealing with financial matters. "In my own finances, I'm anything but a good example," he laughs. "But I'm a great bad example." Earl is also the author of The Infamous Chicken Little Article, which is rumored to have gotten him temporarily banned from the op-ed page of a major American newspaper —but which subsequently has become an underground classic on the Internet among journalists, and which is regularly cited in journalism-school classes when a dose of cold (but —at least arguably— hilarious) reality is required. ** A link to "The Infamous Chicken Little Article" is on Earl's "Official Author Website;" cut & paste this URL to go the site, and follow the links: http://www.earlmerkel.com/index.html For an impressive number of years, Earl would do a minor re-write of another of his "classic" op-ed columns— and sell the flippin' thing, over and over, as a freelance "memoir" aimed at the high school graduation class of that particular year. Considered a subtle warning of "now-you're-REALLY-screwed,-kids," his Graduation Night column has scarred countless numbers of teenagers, sending them into therapy on the very night they had thought they now had "it" made. ** A link to "Graduation Night" is on Earl's "Official Author Website;" cut & paste this URL to go the site, and follow the links: http://www.earlmerkel.com/index.html As a ghostwriter, Earl has had books published by such major houses as Simon & Schuster and HarperCollins— without, he hopes, these houses ever knowing it. Miscellany & Fun Facts: • Surprisingly, Earl "earned" a BA in Journalism from the University of Illinois (Champaign-Urbana), granted despite having only rarely been seen in a classroom after his sophomore year. Instead, Earl mailed tear-sheets of articles to sympathetic j-professors from such locales as Washington D.C. (covering the first Earth Day and the mammoth Moratorium Day protests— the latter while lusting after a Klute-ish looking Jane Fonda); a day-after-the-day Kent State, Ohio dateline; and numerous other wanderings as a reporter and columnist for the DAILY ILLINI. • He was also granted the first (and, it is believed, the only) "student leave of absence" for a several-year hiatus spent earning desperately needed money as a reporter for the Decatur, IL Herald & Review. This "officially sanctioned" leave was a canny conspiracy: a technicality that allowed him to keep an Illinois State Scholarship and subsequently return, willy-nilly, to complete his college experience (also without attending classes, as he was then working full-time for the Champaign-Urbana Courier). Wisely, at the same College of Journalism board meeting where the "leave" was approved, the board immediately voted to prohibit all future "student leaves of absence." Experienced journalists themselves, those gentlemen knew a cool scam when they saw one. Based on his own academic experiences, Earl is a fervent believer that everybody should go to college ...for as long as humanly possible; he is frequently heard to mumble that academia is "a GREAT break from real life..." • Earl wrote one of his novels —Virgins And Martyrs— under the by-line of "E.L. Merkel" ...partly because of the objections of another of his publishers, which had grave reservations to "By Earl Merkel" showing up on another publisher's release-list. But mostly because Earl had always wanted to be called "el Merkel" by his Spanish-speaking readers. • Earl frequently devotes long hours to researching quotes of the famous, often to subsequently admit defeat and make up a "quote" instead. His favorite quote —possibly a "quote"— is: Priest, to Voltaire as the French writer-philosopher lay upon his deathbed: "Ah, Voltaire— will you now, at last, renounce the Devil?" Voltaire: "This is no time to be making new enemies." Sightings: Earl resides in Chicago. It's a big city, but you still may occasionally stumble over him (and we mean that literally). As a (frequently) threatened species, confirmed sightings of Earl are believed rare— and as a result, observers find them always exciting. In his urban habitat, Earl is most active between the hours of sunset and dawn, when you can oft hear his distinctive, plaintive cry. To hear it —if you promise to return to this page afterward, since there's no "return" link there— here's a definitely not-suitable-for-family-viewing video link of the (sadly, misspelled) "Merkle Bird." (Children and sensitive souls, beware.) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5D2VdaM8OcM To Meet Earl: To arrange a personal meeting with this author, please follow these directions: • Wherever there is injustice, you will find him. • Wherever there is suffering, he'll be there. • Wherever liberty is threatened, you will find him. (Or just head into the Loop. Stand at the intersection of State Street and Madison, and do a slow, 360-degree turn. He's around there, somewhere.) To Meet Earl On-Line: Earl posts "stuff" —both new & "classic works"— semi-regularly on this website (click here to jump to 'By Earl Merkel'), as well as on his site at Redroom.com (http://www.redroom.com/author/earl-merkel), and on his Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/earl.merkel). You could cut-and-paste those URLs into your browser. Or... There is a link to both those sites —and a "click here" if you want to e-mail Earl— on his "Official Author's Website." To wit: To send Earl an e-mail directly (that is, not via this WordPress blog-site) cut & paste this URL to go the site, and follow the links: http://www.earlmerkel.com/index.htmlarl." • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • http://www.earlmerkel.com/index.html

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