About Mike FoleyMike Foley, former editor of Dream Merchant Magazine, grew up in Long Beach, CA and earned bachelors degrees in both business and creative writing from California State University - Long Beach. A full-time writer since 1980, he has worked as a staff writer for three newspapers and two magazines, as well as freelancing more than 750 published stories and articles. Mike's work has appeared in such publications as The Dream Merchant, Orange Coast, Cream City Review, National Business Report, Mothering, VSA Travel, and High Country Life. His short story, "One Last Summer," was one of two stories by published American authors in the Spring, 2001 issue of Nagoya Writes, an expatriate literary magazine in Nagoya, Japan. In The Dream Merchant, Mike's tribute article to businesswoman Barbara Akin elicited the greatest reader response ever among invention publications and continues to draw regular reprint requests.
Under Mike's direction, the Dream Merchant grew from a small monthly newsletter to the nation's leading magazine for inventors. His work has been praised by several business and political leaders, including E. Joseph Cossman, Inventor Jerry Smith, Martha Crockett Sneed of the Library of Congress and Don Kelly of the U.S. Patent Office.
But Mike's "greatest joy" is sharing with others and he continues to do so through workshops for writers and the personal enrichment seminars taught regularly with his brother, Tom. In 1995, the brothers founded the Big Bear Writer's Retreat, where writers gather twice a year for writing practice and inner renewal. For the past 15 years, Mike has also operated the Writer's Review critique service for aspiring writers, assisting writers of both fiction and nonfiction.
A popular speaker at writer's conferences and retreats, Mike has taught fiction and nonfiction writing classes in the extension program at the University of California, Riverside.