Michael Franco is a freelance writer for How-To Geek. He has been writing about the serious and silly sides of science, technology, travel, lifestyle topics, and home improvement hacks for years. His work has appeared in Discover Magazine, CNET, Lifehacker, BobVila.com, How-To Geek's sister publication, MindBounce; and various Discovery Channel properties including HowStuffWorks and Discovery Channel Magazine.
His career began as an impersonator of sorts; he used to write sweepstakes copy for Reader's Digest where many of the letters he wrote were signed by the fictional company representative, Carolyn Davis. A move to Singapore saw him transition from promotional writing to editorial writing, first with an assignment covering the local sports scene for TimeOut Singapore, and, eventually, as the Managing Editor for the country's largest weekly lifestyle magazine, IS (Inside Singapore). He then became Editorial Director of custom-publishing house, NOVUS Asia.
After three years in the heat and humidity, Franco moved to a more reasonable climate in Prague, where he continued freelance writing for a variety of local and international publications, including helping start-up Lime & Tonic develop its editorial voice and guidelines.
In addition to writing stories for a variety of paper and pixel publications over the years, Franco also helped restore a 1735 stone mansion in Amish country; ran an eco-resort in the Caribbean; launched Sugar Britches, a rock-and-roll clothing store; and fixed up a variety of bungalows in the mountains of North Carolina, where he now lives with his wife and two giant poodles. He'd like to say he relaxes by hiking those mountains, but the gravitational pull of sci-fi and fantasy shows usually keeps him in a close orbit around the TV.
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