Michael Hunter McVay is a retired art instructor, a miniaturist, and the author of Michael, Little Boy Black & Blue: Surviving the Effects of a Poisonous Child Abuser. As well as his memoir describing extreme child abuse, he has published other genres.
A professionally trained art teacher, Michael has illustrated several books and an award-winning book cover for the Mississippi Community College Creative Writing Association. As well as an artist, Michael has written short stories and plays for all ages. He taught school as an art teacher and as an elementary school teacher until recently retiring after the tragic death of his beloved mother.
His memoir, Michael, Little Boy Black & Blue: Surviving the Effects of a Poisonous Child Abuser, was written as an account of the trials and tribulations of his excessively abusive and violent childhood. Adult survivors of child abuse typically develop serious health conditions later in their lives. Michael suffers from Meniere's Disease, complex PTSD, and a host of other conditions as a result of the decades of abuse he endured throughout his life.
Michael lost his biological father at a young age to suicide. He and his mother, both, attempted suicide during their years spent with a maniacal psychotic abuser, his stepfather. Through his writing, Michael shows us his sense of humor even during the darkest of times. While he reveals horrendous episodes of abuse in his writing, he shares what was going on in his head as it was happening, often remaining calm at the worst of times.
Michael and his partner Christopher, world travelers, live with their dog in sunny, Southern California, where they enjoy long walks and cooking. Michael spends his retirement writing, creating, and building highly detailed miniature structures.
"I could never accept a compliment. I felt hideous and worthless throughout my life, after being called disgusting things on a daily basis. I tried to hide my insecurities, even from myself. I was told I could not and would not be loved - ever! But I have been!"