Blurbs about Old Ways and New Days

“In Old Ways and New Days, Michael Embry masterfully shines a spotlight on retirement and the realities and traumas facing millions of baby boomers. And, like most things lit by the harsh, unfiltered beam of a spotlight, not everything is rosy; just ask John, Embry’s main character, as he traverses his first days out from under the world of work. This book is a must-read for anyone who wants to understand the realities facing retirees or who simply want to become immersed in a well-written, engaging novel.”
                                                                                           Bill Noel, author of Folly Beach Mystery  series

“If you are looking for lollipops and sunshine Old Days and New Days flat out ain’t it, friend. Michael Embry’s novel of a veteran newsman’s retirement years is not filled with slow days on the back porch or vacation cruises. Instead, it’s packed with violence and death, cancer and children gone wrong, lost dogs and lost lives. In other words, a hard, honest realistic portrait of life in America today, by a true craftsman of the written word. Read it if you dare!”  
                                                                                         Chris Helvey, Editor of Trajectory Journal and author of Whose Name I                                                                                             Did Not Know 
and Claw Hammer

"As a long-time and seasoned journalist, Michael Embry always allowed the story to tell itself. Now, as a novelist, he allows the story to tell itself...and at a riveting pace.”
                                                                                        Steve Flairty, author of Kentucky’s Everyday  Heroes: Ordinary People                                                                                              Doing Extraordinary  Things series and columnist for                                                                                              and Kentucky Monthly  magazine

Darkness Beyond the Light

​has been published!

I'm a multi-genre author of 12 books. My latest novel,  Darkness Beyond the Light, has been published byWings ePress. It's a sequel to the coming-of-old-age Old Ways and New Days.  

The novels are about the trials and tribulations of retirement of John Ross. They are available at,, and Needless to say, the sequel continues the boomer saga of John and his family including wayward son Brody and mother-in-law Geraldine. Life is never dull for John, who would like to savor his retirement years with some rest and relaxation.

I've written three mainstream novels, Foolish Is The Heart, A Long Highway, and The Touch; a murder mystery, A Confidential Man; and two young-adult books, Shooting Star and The Bully List. I also have a short story collection, Laments, published in 2012 and available for 99 cents at,B& and

I've also written three nonfiction sports books, Basketball in the Bluegrass State: The Championship Teams, March Madness: The History of the Kentucky High School Basketball Tournament, and Baron of the Bluegrass: The Wit and Wisdom of Legendary Kentucky Basketball Coach Adolph Rupp

Greetings from Michael Embry

Michael Embry

An American Writer