Michael A. Rothman – Author, Engineer and Cat Herder.
In a nutshell:
- First-born American in my family
- Despises self-importance in himself and others
- Loves reading Epic Fantasy, Science Fiction, Thrillers
- Really enjoys cooking
- Primarily writing thrillers (with an emphasis on technology)
M. A. Rothman is an engineer with an overabundance of ideas. In his real life, those ideas have led to a variety of innovations of a technical nature, but upon having kids, he routed some of that creative energy to writing stories for their entertainment.
Now that they’ve grown a bit, he primarily writes to entertain himself and others with stories that span technologies (e.g. medical, physics, etc.) and hopefully make people think.
When he isn’t writing, or doing engineer types of things, he enjoys cooking, researching new technologies, and spending time with his family.
I am an Army brat, a polyglot, and the first person in my family born in the United States. That being said, I was raised in a household whose patriarch (my grandfather) was a WWII refugee. As a child, he found himself running from Nazi occupation in his native Hungary, leaving behind death destruction and a life that was no longer his. I grew up learning the life lesson that said, “Never assume you’ll be given anything. Work hard. Be humble. Tolerate no excuses.”
Let’s see – a little bit more about me.
Who I am now: I generally keep my non-literary activity under wraps, but I’ll give you a gist of what I do. I’m primarily an engineer, focused largely on computer technology. And even though I think of myself as an engineer (that’s my background) – I also do my fair share of cat herding. If you’re in the business, you know what I mean. My focus is on system software design and I’ve designed or contributed to architecture that is currently working in all modern computers today by nearly all of the tier-1 (most well-known) companies of the world. My code and/or logic is sitting in the smallest objects we could call computers up to and including the largest servers. Whether it is deeply embedded devices such as missile guidance systems or vehicle navigation systems or general-purpose PCs such as laptops or even gaming consoles, I’ve worked with just about all types of “computers” throughout my career. It is kind of cool for me to know that code I’ve written is sitting in pretty much every PC that’s been manufactured in the last decade or so. Even before my days of system-level design/development, I used to be an operating system developer. Some of you may have heard of things like DOS [former development team lead] or OS/2 [kernel developer] – but this is ancient history.
My writing nowadays:
As I write this bio, I’m on the cusp of announcing the first of what I hope to be a series of books that could only be described as mainstream thrillers, with an emphasis on technology. However, just because I might cover technical topics, I strive to make the technology as accessible to the general population as possible.
I do have a rather broad science background and the books that I’m now writing employ topics that many would consider highly technical. However, I’d never depend solely on my first-person knowledge or research. As the books comes out, you’ll notice I tend to use at least a few experts in the field, which I’ve found to be invaluable resources and I’m ever-grateful to have – they keep me honest.
That’s about it on me, despite the length of the rambling above, I’m not big on talking about myself.
However, if you want to see my ramblings, I also lurk at the following social media portals: