Michael Fitzalan lives in south London, where he was born. His Irish parents settled on the West Side of Clapham Common in 1952 and had six children in quick succession. The youngest, born in 1962, started writing thrillers at fifteen. He published his first fiction book, a romance, The Taint Gallery in 1996. The book is now out of print. However, Michael went on to write: Switch, Waterwitch, Major Bruton's Safari, Innocent Proven Guilty, Half Past Kissing Time, Seveny Seven, Carom and finally Ad Bec, a children's book, all considered entertainments, a phrase coined by Graham Greene. Karoly's Hungarian Tragedy is Michael's first departure into historical biography.
He has written four plays: Veni Vidi Vicky, George and the Dragon, Symposium for Severine and Superstar. He has turned Switch, Major Bruton and M.O.D, Mark O'Donahue, Master of Disguise, into scripts.