Michael Rands was born in Johannesburg, South Africa. He received his MA from the University of Cape Town. His manuscript, a novel, Praise Routine Number Four was published in South Africa by Human and Rousseau. He worked in the television industry in Johannesburg before moving to Japan where he taught high school English for three years. He co-wrote an economic satire, The Yamaguchi Manuscripts, and a non-fiction work, Kamikaze Economics: The Story of Modern Japan, both published through Amazon. He is currently a first year MFA candidate at LSU, and is working on a new novel, Slipping Minds, set predominantly in Japan.