Author/Illustrator Michael Verrett resides in Denham Springs, LA where he creates his colorful characters. Michael hales from Morgan City, LA where he grew up blocks away from sugar cane fields and the lazy Bayou Teche. He studied art at LSU, Scottsdale (AZ) Art Institute, and the FBI Academy. In addition to writing courses at LSU, Michael is a graduate of the Institute of Children's Literature's creative writing program. A former Homicide Detective and police sketch artist, he has taught gifted art in public schools and worked in anti-terrorism. LT. Colonel Michael Verrett is a decorated army veteran, awarded the Bronze Star for his service in Operation Iraqi Freedom. Michael currently works for the Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness. An avid volunteer, he is the past President of the Arts Council of Livingston Parish. He has written and illustrated over two dozen books for lower elementary and writes the YA series, Wherever the Wind May Blow.