Michael Daigle, Mystery Author, Fiction Writer, Journalist, Public Speaker

I use my newspaper background, interest in history, and imagination to write award-winning mysteries!

Michael Stephen Daigle grew up in the Northeast U.S. from the snowbelt shores of Upstate N.Y. to the woods of Maine and the piers of New Bedford, Mass., all the while writing. He and his family now live in New Jersey. His first job was picking blueberries in Maine and his last job was a 33-year career as a newspaper writer and editor. He wrote his first novel at 22, and a second at 24. The second one years later became the first book of his Frank Nagler Mystery series: The Swamps of Jersey (2014), A Game Called Dead (2016), and The Weight of Living (2017).

The award-winning Frank Nagler series follows the story of Ironton N.J. Detective Frank Nagler as he solves crimes and tries to sort out his troubled life.

“I like creating messy mysteries with lots of moving parts and layers of story," says Daigle. "It lets my detective hero Frank Nagler lead the reader through the twists and turns.”

The most important thing the author wants readers to gain from his books:

I started writing as a teenager. My Frank Nagler Mysteries began as a short story decades ago. As I entered journalism and grew as an adult, my writing grew as well. I never gave up. I learned from those who came before, learned to observe, and as a journalist, learned how to write and overcome self-doubt. In talks, especially with students, I say read everything, especially the classics, learn the rules and learn how to break the rules, and push yourself by writing about what you don't know. Your writing will then become more vivid and adventurous.

Why the author is an authority on the subject of his books:

As a journalist I worked in many industrial towns like my fictional Ironton, N.J., a city down on its luck. But there are ups and downs in such cities, and I use that pattern to create a rich backdrop for the mysteries. Such cities have rich histories and reflect the diverse life that is America. My characters reflect that life, and based in the research and interviews I did as a journalist, I have used all that in the books. The mystery elements are boosted by this rich backdrop.



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Speaking Engagements and School Presentations:

In school appearances, I focus on the importance of beginning to write, and how important it is to avoid self criticism, that is, how not to pre-judge your own work before you have even written or finished it. I speak about how writing is both about imagination and habit. With adult audiences I speak about the craft of writing, how I use settings and history as backdrops for the stories, how the Frank Nagler series evolved, and some of the surprises that occurred in the writing process that changed each story.

Presentation Audience:

High School




11-100  Appearances


New Jersey

Willing to Travel

Book Type:

Adult Fiction


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