After retirement from public education in the suburbs of Atlanta, Georgia, Mike has conquered new fields, writing and having produced several books, screenplays, films and art. On his resume are included Micah's Child, The Fat Boy Chronicles, Stealing First, and The Teddy Kremer Story. He then revived an early interest and is doing artwork, painting on canvas, and now painting on wood for THE SWAMP LOG Artisans Gallery. Mike is an accomplished underwater relic hunter, and has found many treasures on land with a metal detector. Mike is available as a speaker and lecturer. Mike has my vote for Renaissance Man!
Michael Buchanan and co-author Dianne Lang's latest novel, The Fat Boy Chronicles, was released in 2010. The book won the National Parenting Publication’s Gold Award, and Mom’s Choice Award of Excellence and is used by schools around the nation in their anti-bullying and childhood obesity efforts.
The writing team also wrote the screenplay for the recently-released feature film adapted from the book. During its festival tour, the movie won multiple awards for its impacting, yet hopeful depiction of an obese and bullied 9th grader’s world. Both the book and movie are supported by the GA State Superintendent of Schools, Children’s Healthcare of ATL as well as Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, the International Bullying Prevention Association and The Southern Poverty Law Center. Upon the film’s release in early 2012, it quickly rose to #6 family rental in Redbox and has now been seen by over a million people on Netflix.
Buchanan and Lang are guest speakers at schools around the nation as well as state and national conferences where they discuss the issues of bullying and childhood obesity. Buchanan keynoted the 2011 International Anti-Bullying Convention in New Orleans.
Buchanan and Lang conduct screenwriting workshops and the team has been speakers at various writing conferences. Buchanan juries for film festivals as well.
Both authors are nationally-recognized retired teachers. The sequel to The Fat Boy Chronicles is underway while their next book, Treasure of the Four Lions, is with their publisher. Other novels by the team include Micah’s Child (2006) and the recently finished Cry of the Quetzal. Their feature length screenplays Bait and Tackle and Treasure of the Four Lions are in development. Their short film Last Bullet won multiple awards and their next short, Boxes, will be released in the summer of 2013.
Mike lives in Alpharetta, Georgia.