Locally Writ: Michael Koep explores behavioral impact of storytelling in his fantasy trilogy ‘The Newirth Mythology’

As featured in the Spokesman Review

Born and raised in Coeur d’Alene, author Michael Koep has been at various times a poet, painter, fencing competitor, cliff-jumper and member of a rock band.

Each of these hobbies, among others, has contributed to the wild, psychological adventure that is Koep’s fantasy series, “The Newirth Mythology.” Koep started with poetry and short fiction and then added journaling.

“That, I think, is my primary voice,” he said, explaining how this daily habit has contributed to the comfort he feels with first-person storytelling.

Koep would eventually earn a degree in literature at Gonzaga University, but his writing education really began in 1977 when he saw “a little-known film called ‘Star Wars.’ ”

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