Michael grew up in North Florida near the Gulf of Mexico and the Apalachicola River in a small town world famous for tupelo honey.
Truly a regional writer, North Florida is his beat.
Captivated by story since childhood, Michael has a love for language and narrative inspired by the Southern storytelling tradition that captured his imagination and became such a source of meaning and inspiration. He holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in theology with an emphasis on myth and narrative.
In the early 90s, Michael became the youngest chaplain within the Florida Department of Corrections. For nearly a decade, he served as a contract, staff, then senior chaplain at three different facilities in the Panhandle of Florida—a unique experience that led to his first novel, 1997’s critically acclaimed, POWER IN THE BLOOD. Michael's books take readers through the electronically locked gates of the chain-link fences, beneath the looping razor wire glinting in the sun, and into the strange world of Potter Correctional Institution, Florida’s toughest maximum security prison.
New York Times Bestseller
-- POWER IN THE BLOOD, BLOOD OF THE LAMB, FLESH AND BLOOD, THE BODY AND THE BLOOD, BLOOD SACRIFICE, and RIVERS TO BLOOD
USA TODAY Bestseller
-- POWER IN THE BLOOD, BLOOD OF THE LAMB, FLESH AND BLOOD, THE BODY AND THE BLOOD, BLOOD SACRIFICE, RIVERS TO BLOOD, INNOCENT BLOOD, BLOOD MONEY, and BLOOD MOON
2010 - Florida Book Award -- DOUBLE EXPOSURE
2012 - Florida Book Award -- BLOOD SACRIFICE
New York Times bestselling and award-winning novelist Michael Lister is a native Floridian best known for his literary suspense thrillers as well as his two ongoing mystery series, the prison chaplain John Jordan "Blood" series and the hard-boiled, 1940s noir Jimmy "Soldier" Riley Series, and the post-apocalypic suspense thriller Cataclysmos.
In addition to penning several original plays and screenplays, three of Michael's novels have been adapted for the stage and one for the screen.
Michael's short stories have appeared in such collections as DELTA BLUES, NORTH FLORIDA NOIR, and FLORIDA HEAT WAVE, which he edited.
His nonfiction books include the "Meaning" Series: MEANING EVERY MOMENT, THE MEANING OF LIFE IN MOVIES, A SHORT GUIDE TO A HAPPY DIVORCE, and THE MEANING OF JESUS.
Michael lives with his wife Dawn in Wewahitchka, Florida. They have four children, one horse, one dog, one cat, four ducks, and thousands of books.