Michael Bunker is a USA Today Bestselling author, off-gridder, husband, and father of four children. He lives with his family in Central Texas where he reads and writes books…and occasionally tilts at windmills. In November of 2015, Variety Magazine announced that Michael had sold a film/tv option for his bestselling novel Pennsylvania to Jorgensen Pictures. JP is currently developing Pennsylvania for production into a feature film with superstar production designer Patrick Tatopoulos slated to direct. On another project, Michael is also writing a novel and adapting it to a screenplay for a Christian film about the genocide in Cambodia under the regime of Pol Pot.
Michael is a recognized expert and/or has extensive experience in the areas of homesteading, preparedness, survival, off-grid living, pre-industrial living, pre-industrial farming, off-grid farm establishment and layout, alternative construction methods, stone construction, home brewing, traditional wine making and fermentation, traditional and modern food preservation methods, pre-industrial food preservation and storage, cigar rolling and manufacture, book publishing and marketing, along with dozens of other skill sets. Michael is also a lay historian, theologian, and a Russian Literature enthusiast. Michael has knowledge of off-grid construction, and has built smokehouses, in-ground cisterns, root cellars, is well-versed in garden design and function. Michael is available to consult on your project.
As a bestselling author of both non-fiction and fiction, Michael has been called the “father” of the Amish/Scifi genre but that isn’t all that he writes. He is the author of several popular and acclaimed works of dystopian sci-fi, including the Amazon top 20 overall bestselling Amish Sci-fi thriller Pennsylvania, the groundbreaking dystopian vision Hugh Howey called “a brilliant tale of extra-planetary colonization.” He also has written the epic post-apocalyptic WICK series, the thriller Brother, Frank, the Time Travel short story anthology Time and the Gloaming, as well as many nonfiction works, including the non-fiction Amazon overall top 30 bestseller Surviving Off Off-Grid. Michael was commissioned by Amazon.com through their Kindle Worlds and Kindle Serials programs to write the first ever commissioned novel set in the World of Kurt Vonnegut’s Cat’s Cradle. That book is entitled Osage Two Diamonds, and it debuted on Dec. 17, 2013.
Michael has been featured on NPR, HuffPost Live, Molly Green, Countryside Magazine and Ozy.com, along with hundreds of print, radio, and podcast interviews. Contact Michael for interviews.
The popular documentary Beyond Off-Grid was inspired by Michael’s book Surviving Off-Grid and the philosophy expounded in that book.
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The big news right now is that Michael’s novel Pennsylvania is being made into a major motion picture!
The film is being directed by world renowned Director, Production Designer, and Special Effects guru Patrick Tatopoulos (Underworld: Rise of the Lycans, 300, Stargate, Batman vs. Superman, Justice League, Godzilla, and many more,) Produced by Stacy Jorgensen (Daniel Isn’t Real, Color Out of Space, Twin Flames,) and written for the screen by award winning screenwriter Anne Sabel. The film follows young Amishman Jedidiah Troyer, who is now a traveler. He’s signed up for an emigration program colonizing the planet of New Pennsylvania. He just wants to start a farm and homestead on affordable land in a new Amish community. Space pioneering isn’t as easy as it sounds when you’re “plain.” Jedidiah and his new friend Dawn arrive on New Pennsylvania in the middle of a rebel uprising, and TRACE, the resistance group rising up against TRANSPORT has taken on the mission of getting Jed from the City to the Amish Zone. Being a stranger in the old world doesn’t even compare to being a stranger in a new world… a world that is at war and where nothing is what it seems. Want to check out the whole Pennsylvania world? Check out the Wiki: http://theaz.wikia.com/wiki/The_AZ_Wiki