By whatever miracle, you've managed to find your way over here, so welcome! What you're seeing before you represents what is now the third iteration of my website. In my opinion, it's never looked better and this new site is the high-watermark for me, design-wise.
I've been blogging for a number of years on Wordpress, but things were feeling a little stale over there and my needs/wants were beginning to outgrow that platform. Looking at my options for hosting, e-mail domains, and easily redefined website layouts, I settled on Squarespace for the new home of MichaelPatrickHicks.com.
I have to admit, I'm pretty darn happy with the change thus far. There's a few things that need tinkering with (like updating links in the review listings), but the new site is mostly humming along nicely.
The best part about this is that it actually feels more like a legitimate author's website. Not to knock blogs, or the authors who use them primarily, but I wanted a look that was more ambitious in scope and captured the feel of my work. The homepage, in particular, is certainly a sign of this. I'm an author living in Michigan, and I've spent my life around the outskirts of Detroit (a soon-to-be-released work even takes place in Detroit). My work typically tends toward dystopian themes and concepts to some degree or another. Ultimately, I felt the image of a damaged Renaissance Center, which comes from the cover art of my upcoming release, From The Ashes, was perhaps the most representative I could get in terms of who I am as an author. Feel free to explore the Books section and learn more about my titles.
If you've been following this particular domain for a while, then there's not much else you need to do. Just keep following along and stay tuned for updates. I've been able to keep a pretty regular schedule of two or three posts per week, usually in the form of a book review with the occasional update sprinkled in whenever I have news to announce.
If this is your first time here, bookmark the homepage and keep an eye out for news soon. I've got a few announcements coming up over the last couple weeks of October that I'm excited to share. You'll also want to sign-up for my newsletter, memFeed, for some special goodies (such as my short story, Let Go, which you'll get right away for free).