Mike Bernhardt is an award-winning writer whose work has appeared in many print and online publications including DIVER Magazine, Journey Beyond Travel, GeoEx Travel, Hidden Compass, and others.

He grew up in New York City, where he wrote poetry and kept a journal throughout his teenage years. He moved to the San Francisco Bay Area when he was nineteen and was working as an electrician when he met his first wife, Susan, in 1983.

In the years after Susan’s death in 1991, Mike met and married his second wife, Yvonne, and published the first edition of Voices of the Grieving Heart. He retired in 2016 from a career in information technology and began writing again. Mike still lives in the Bay Area with Yvonne, their two cats, and their 23-year-old son (who is currently working remotely from their home because of the pandemic).