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AUTHOR ON SPOTLIGHT: Michael D. Durkota - Award-Winning Writer

Today, the spotlight is on Michael D. Durkota, author of Once in a Blue Year, a multi award-winning suspense novel.


Michael D. Durkota holds a master of fine arts degree from the University of Pittsburgh. His debut novel, Once in a Blue Year, follows two friends during the Persian Gulf War as they struggle with their navy service, adulthood, and relationships. He lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, with his wife and is currently working on his second novel and a collection of odd stories and poems. 

Durkota is an avid reader and blogger.



“A bold debut, filled with unforgettable moments and characters.” 
— Kirkus Reviews

"Author, Michael D. Durkota, is a former submariner and has given us a gorgeous lyrical read. No small task for a debut novel... Once in a Blue Year is an emotionally packed, page-turner of four friends who sometimes act like enemies and sometimes beat impossible odds to rescue one another in a time of need." 
- Chanticleer Book Reviews

Top Medalist – Psychological Suspense – New Apple e-Book Awards
Top Medalist – Military – New Apple Book Awards
Finalist – Fiction-Military – Readers’ Favorite
Finalist – First Novel – IAN Book of the Year Awards
Finalist – General Fiction – IAN Book of the Year Awards



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