The short version:
MG Buehrlen is the author of the ALEX WAYFARE series. She is a retired programmer, social media director, and tech junkie who co-developed YABooksCentral.com, the largest social network for young adult book lovers. After too many years in the computer world, she now tries to live off-grid as much as possible, writing novels instead of PHP code and exploring the unbeaten paths with her husband and son.
MG is represented by Holly Root of Root Literary.
The long version:
There is no one label for MG Buehrlen. She is a lover of a great many creative things and believes that mastery of any one art form makes it boring. She is a seeker, a maker, a writer, an explorer, an experiencer. She’ll try anything as long as it is soul-filling instead of soul-sucking. (Or skydiving. She won’t try skydiving. Ever.)
Here are a few fun facts about MG:
- She was raised in rural Missouri where she spent her childhood exploring forests and farmland with a dog, a handful of barn cats, and a cow or two. She spent her time off-grid weaving stories in her head, snacking on mulberries and cherry tomatoes, and learning wilderness survival skills from her Pa.
- She also grew up in bars and honky-tonks, singing country and rock-n-roll tunes in her father’s cover bands. Consequently, she can probably beat you in a game of darts or pool. She’s had a lot of practice.
- She started writing (terrible) stories like this one with push pencils and stapled card stock, then moved on to a Royal electric typewriter, then a Commodore 64 for better editing capabilities, then took one of the first laptops for a test drive so she could write outside under a shade tree (with an extension cord stretched across the lawn), until finally she built her first PC (nicknamed Speedy Reliable), then embarked into Mac territory and never looked back.
- If she hadn’t become an author, her secondary dreams were to become an exotic animal trainer for TV and film, or a teacher.
- She is a retired tech junkie. She soldered her first circuit board at age 9. She built her first computer at age 13. She started coding and designing websites in 1997. (Speak HTML to me.)
- She took a year off college to serve in the AmeriCorps, teaching underprivileged youth in inner-city Chicago.
- She ultimately became a college dropout, preferring to teach herself, pursue the arts, and be her own boss.
- She is a small business entrepreneur who started her first side business at 19 and was running her first brick-and-mortar corporation full-time by the age of 24.
- For over five years, MG was the owner and director of the hugely popular website YABooksCentral.com, a social network for YA (and kids!) book lovers.
- Because of her social media prowess, she was chosen as a member of the very first Fiesta Movement. Ford Motor Company gave her a free car and she traveled the US documenting her adventures on YouTube.
- She finished her first full novel in 2006, then proceeded to edit it for the next 3 years while learning the craft. That book, an epic fantasy, is still on her hard drive and may never see the light of day.
- She wrote the first ALEX WAYFARE draft in only 3 months. The second book in the series took her 2 years. The third book may even take longer…
- She signed with her literary agent, Holly Root, in 2012 and got her first publishing contract in 2013.
- She is a foster mommy and adoption advocate. Ask her about fostering/adoption if you’re interested in learning about the process.
- She loves to explore abandoned and forgotten places and buildings (urban exploring in Detroit as well as rural exploring farms and factories) because it makes her feel like she’s time traveling.
- Her favorite place to camp is a remote island in the middle of Lake Michigan where storms roll in, where coyotes howl, where peace is found.
- She was once attacked by a legion of Asian carp and lived to tell the tale. (Like this.)
- MG stands for Mandy Genese.
- She now lives outside Detroit, Michigan with her husband, son, and two fur-babies: Binky and Browdy.