About Michael

Michael Bailey is a professional writer from Falmouth, Massachusetts who kind of hates writing bios.

Photo by Lauren Dubois.
Photo by Lauren Dubois.

Michael has been a working writer since 1998 when he simultaneously (and at the same time) sold his first freelance article to Renaissance Magazine and landed a job as a staff reporter for the Enterprise Newspapers. During his 15 years with the Enterprise, Michael served as editor for the paper’s region section and senior political reporter, and was the paper’s first blogger. His political and current events blog, Snark-Infested Waters, delighted and annoyed readers until 2013, when Michael left the paper to pursue his fiction writing career.

Over the years Michael has contributed several more articles to Renaissance Magazine and other local publications, and has since 2004 been a staff writer for two New England-based renaissance faire production companies: Pastimes Entertainment and the Connecticut Renaissance Faire.

Michael is the author of the Action Figures young adult series and the humorous fantasy series The Adventures of Strongarm & Lightfoot, and the urban fantasy trilogy Well-Behaved Women.

He currently lives in Oxford, MA with his wife Veronica, their dog Nadja Cravenswoof, Mutt We Do in the Shadows, and four cats.



  • Action Figures – Issue One: Secret Origins (September 2013)
  • Action Figures – Issue Two: Black Magic Women (March 2014)
  • Action Figures – Issue Three: Pasts Imperfect (September 2014)
  • Action Figures – Issue Four: Cruel Summer (March 2015)
  • The Adventures of Strongarm & Lightfoot – Scratching a Lich (September 2015)*
  • Action Figures – Issue Five: Team-Ups (February 2016)
  • Cheap Thrills Digest (March 2016)
  • The Adventures of Strongarm & Lightfoot – Assassins Brawl (September 2016)*
  • Action Figures – Issue Six: Power Play (February 2017)
  • The Adventures of Strongarm & Lightoot – Blades of Glory (September 2017)*
  • Action Figures – Issue Seven: The Black End War (February 2018)
  • Well-Behaved Women – Awakening (September 2018)*
  • The Final Summons – a New England Speculative Writers anthology (February 2019)
  • Action Figures – Issue Eight: Crawling From the Wreckage (April 2019)
  • Well-Behaved WomenTransition (April 2019)*
  • Well-Behaved WomenEndtimes (Fall 2019)*
  • Action Figures – Issue Nine: Hell Hath No Fury (January 2020)
  • The Adventures of Strongarm & Lightfoot – Sworded Affairs (May 2020)*
  • Action Figures Omnibus – Vol. 1Stepping Up (Fall 2020)
  • Beneath the Mask – A Superhero Romance Anthology (February 2021)
  • Action Figures – Issue Ten: Unintended Consequences (May 2021)
  • The Adventures of Strongarm & Lightfoot – Elfish Motives (2021)
  • The Adventures of Strongarm & Lightfoot – Twins and Losses (2022)
  • Action Figures – Issue Eleven: Zero Day (2022/2023)
  • Untitled Strongarm & Lightfoot novel (2023)
  • Untitled Action Figures spinoff (2023/2024)

* = Audiobook version available

News Writing

  • Falmouth Enterprise – staff reporter, political reporter, Mashpee and Falmouth editions (August 1998 – September 2013)
  • Worcester Telegram – freelance correspondent (September 2016 – July 2017)

Freelance Work

  • Have Cassock, Will Travel – Renaissance Magazine cover feature about the King Richard’s Faire apprentice program (originally written as a separate article, combined with another article written by Michelle Santos) (1999)
  • God Save the Queen! The Life and Times of KRF’s Queen Katherine – Renaissance Magazine feature interview with actor Barbara “Bodge” Burinski (2001, reprinted in 2002 with new material)
  • The King Arthur Festival – scenario co-writer (2004)
  • The Connecticut Renaissance Faire – scenario writing team member (2005 – present)
  • The Three Musketeers Faire – scenario writer (2005)
  • Sex and Violence – script for independent renaissance faire act (2006)
  • The Salem Pirate Faire – scenario co-writer (2008)
  • A Knight for Murder – script for murder mystery dinner show (2009)
  • Casino Confidential – script for murder mystery dinner show (2011)
  • Class Acts – script for independent renaissance faire act (2013)
  • Theater Run A-Muck – script for independent renaissance faire act (2017)
  • The Connecticut Renaissance Faire, Tournament of Arms scene (2019)





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