Meet The Spellers: Michael Gruber, Author

Michael Gruber is spelling for Team OnPoint Community Credit Union. Born and raised in New York City, and educated in its public schools, Gruber went to Columbia University, earning a BA in English literature.  After college he did editorial work at various small magazines in New York, and then went back to school at City College and got the equivalent of a second BA, in biology.  He then received a masters in marine biology from the University of Miami. In 1968-69 Gruber was in the U. S. Army as a medic.  

In 1973, he received his Ph.D. in marine sciences, for a study of octopus behavior. Once he had his doctorate he was a cook at several Miami restaurants and then a hippie traveling around in a bus and working as a roadie for various rock groups.

Gruber went to Washington DC in 1977, and worked in the Carter White House, Office of Science and Technology Policy. Next he worked in the Environmental Protection Agency as a policy analyst and also as the speechwriter for the Administrator.  In 1986, he was  promoted to the Senior Executive Service of the U.S., the highest level of the federal civil service.  That same year, Robert K. Tanenbaum contacted Gruber and asked him to write a courtroom thriller to be published under his name.  He did that, and since then he has also written the first fifteen novels in the popular Butch Karp and Marlene series.  

In 1988  Gruber left  Washington, D.C.  and settled in Seattle, where he worked as a speechwriter and environmental expert for the state land commissioner. A full-time freelance writer since 1990,  mostly on the Karp novels, but also doing non-fiction magazine pieces on biology ,Gruber’s first novel under his own name, TROPIC OF NIGHT,  was published in 2003 (William Morrow) and a second novel, VALLEY OF BONES, as well as a children’s book THE WITCH’S BOY (Harper Collins) came out in 2005. A third thriller for Morrow, NIGHT OF THE JAGUAR was published in early 2006.

His novel THE BOOK OF AIR AND SHADOWS was on the New York Times Bestseller List in 2007.  Other published novels: FORGERY OF VENUS, THE GOOD SON, and THE RETURN.

Gruber is married, with three grown children and lives in Seattle, WA. 

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