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B&N’s “Friday Night Mike” 😦

Mike Pihlman (TracyReaderDad)

Mike loves to read…

Mike has over 25 years experience in video conferencing, desktop videoconferencing, and IP-based  video conferencing network design, implementation, and support.  He has been a leader, since 1990, in the effort to bring desktop videoconferencing applications to fruition.

He is the former owner and founder of AltamontCowork, the first and only coworking location in Tracy, CA. He sold the business on Dec 31, 2014.

He is the Director of ForCarol.com  a non-profit charity awarding college scholarships in honor of Carol Phan (Mike’s daughter’s best friend) who was killed with three other teens in a car crash on Sept 18, 2010, one day before she was to attend UC Davis.

Mike has a Masters in Electrical Engineering from the University of Kansas and is a member of Tau Beta Pi, the National Engineering Honor Society, and Eta Kappa Nu, the Electrical Engineering Honor Society.  He is a US Navy Vietnam Era veteran.  See his technology blog, TechyMike.com, for everything GEEK. 🙂


14 responses to “About”

  1. Mike:
    I work in IT: it lets me talk to interesting people all day, then write them into books at night.
    By the way, the fourth, and penultimate, book in the ‘Ian McBriar’ series will be called ‘Death Never Lets Go’ and should be out in April.
    Let me know how you like it.



  2. Hi, Mike.
    I’m Mauro Azzano, author of the ‘Ian McBriar Murder Mystery’ series.
    I was pointed to your site by a friend, and just wanted to say I feel honored to be in the ITW new books page, in the company of some truly illustrious authors.

    I just wanted to answer, for all your readers, a couple of questions that I’m often asked at signings.
    – Yes, I have a day job. Most authors can’t support themselves from writing alone.
    – My books are NOT autobiographical. They’re set in the 1970’s for technical reasons, not nostalgic ones. The characters aren’t projections of me, but of course there are some similarities.
    – I get inspiration from all sorts of places. That said, after three books, my characters have definite personalities, and will act in their own way.

    No, I am not ex-police, nor ex-military. But I do my research.

    Best regards,



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