It’s the punch you don’t see coming that drops you. Any fighter can tell you that. And Mickey Watts isn’t just any fighter; he’s one of the best in mixed martial arts, a top contender who seems to have it all: looks, brains and rich girlfriend who’s crazy about him. The fact his family is mobbed-up to its Irish-Italian eyebrows has never been a problem…until Mick throws one punch too many and finds that some debts can only be paid in blood.
Miles Watson was born in Evanston, Illinois. The son of a prominent Chicago journalist, he took an early interest in writing and published his first short story at 17. He holds undergraduate degrees in Criminal Justice and History and served in law enforcement for nearly ten years before moving to Los Angeles, where he has worked on such television shows as HEROES, CSI: NY, TRUE BLOOD and THE WALKING DEAD. A martial artist since his teens, he holds a black belt in White Tiger Taekwondo. In 2012 he graduated from Seton Hill University with an Master of Fine Arts in Writing Popular Fiction, and was the recipient of that program’s first-ever Endowed Scholarship. His critically-acclaimed first novel, CAGE LIFE, won ZEALOT SCRIPT’S BOOK OF THE YEAR AWARD (2017), and was a runner-up in SHELF UNBOUND MAGAZINE’S Best Indie Book Awards (2016). It is followed by a sequel, KNUCKLE DOWN, and a short-story collection, DEVILS YOU KNOW.