M. E. Bowling spent most of his childhood
years shuttling between various Air Force bases in Europe and the
United States. As a child in a military family, he attended 12 different
schools before he was 14 years old.
He has lived in such cities as Knoxville TN, Dayton OH, Topeka,
KS, Kingsport TN, Atlanta GA, San Antonio TX, Prague CZ and Hahn
and Lautzenhausen, Germany.
Avid Star Trek fans
M.E. Bowling (right) and his
older brother Tracy at their home in Lautzenhausen.
He lived from the ages of three through seven overseas as the child
of an Air Force Staff Sgt. Living in on-base housing at Hahn was
always his favorite memory. Thrown together with the children of
other Air Force enlisted men, he quickly learned to easily make
new acquaintances. This trait would serve him well in the many moves
M.E. Bowling (front
center) with his Uncle Jim and
his brothers Nathan and Tracy - Base Housing, Hahn.
Upon returning to the United States in the early seventies, the
family spent time in Knoxville, Tennessee, while the father, Jess
Bowling, finished his Electrical Engineering degree at the University
After Jess' graduation the family was back in Tennessee, this time
in Kingsport. He went to work for Eastman / Kodak as an electrical
The Bowling Boys with
their grandfather Ralph Holtzclaw
But not long after the father re-entered the Air Force as an officer,
and moved the family to Wright Patterson AFB in Dayton Ohio and
subsequently San Antonio, Texas. The family continued to move about
with Jess' assignments, until he resigned his commission and the
family settled back in Tennessee during the author's high school
M.E. Bowling studied communications in college in Knoxville. During
this time he also ran an Entertainment Monthly (Cabin Fever Magazine),
intent on making a living in publishing. It stayed afloat for 14
months, affording him the chance to make a living without having
a boss. Eventually, of course, the time came that he could no longer
cover the 240 dollars it took in those days to print a thousand
copies of a 16 page black and white tabloid.
He had to close it down.
While in Knoxville he also played in various punk and rock bands
(Barbed Wire Sheila, SelfMonster, The Plan, Labrabbits). For seven
years he plied his trade in the surrounding area, regularly filling
such clubs as the LIbrary, Planet Earth, Mercury Theater, and of
course Gryphon's Laundry.
Mike (left) with Barbed
Wire Sheila - Christian Lange Photography
In the early 90''s Mike left the United States to return to Europe,
this time to Prague. It had recently thrown off the yoke of communism
and was an exciting place to be for a twenty-something with a creative
After settling in, he founded Freak Parade with Rebecca Eastwood
They toured as much of the continent as they could in the next few
years, and it was during this time that the author began writing
his novel Pigeons Aren't Psychic. Although never published, the
novel was a serious lesson on the amount of effort required to actually
finish a book.
Mike (left) with Freak
Parade - PraguePhotographer.com
Three albums and a two compilations later
found the band finally splitting up for good, in early 2014. It
wasn't long after that Mike realized he would need a new outlet
for his writing. Gone were songs, so maybe he'd try writing a novel
again? And the Time Vandal series was born.
- Porec, Croatia
He is currently writing his third novel, as yet untitled. He resides
in Prague, Czech Republic, with his fiancee Petra.
Some quick fun-facts about the author;
He once managed to successfully flee a police helicopter.
He ate a Big Mac onstage at a vegan music festival.
He was present at the death of GG Allin.
He has survived six different motorcycle accidents.
He once stared down an octopus in the wild.
Feel free to ask him about any of these if you ever run across
him. He loves to tell a good story.
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