Rhode Island Authors Showcase – Featuring Mike Squatrito!

The Rhode Island Authors Showcase is back! Each day in November, I’ll be featuring a different RI author. Each post features a giveaway – a book, an anthology, or something else! All you have to do to be eligible for the daily drawing is leave a comment on the blog post. I’ll use a random number generator to pick a winner one week after the blog post (to give you time to catch up).

By commenting on each post, you’re also entered to win our bigger prizes: GRAND PRIZE is a $250 Amazon gift card, BONUS PRIZE is a $100 Amazon gift card, and the CHEER UP YOU WON SOMETHING PRIZE is a $50 Amazon gift card. The big prizes will be chosen, again using a random number generator, on December 7.

Author J. Michael Squatrito, Jr.

Today I welcome my pal Mike Squatrito to the showcase. Besides being a successful author, Mike serves as president of our Association of Rhode Island Authors. I’ve got questions for him.

So, Mike, we all know you as Mike. But what name do you use as an author? I write using my given name, J. Michael Squatrito, Jr.

And where is your hometown? Tiverton, Rhode Island

What genre(s) do you write? Epic Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Sports Memoir

And what have you written? The Overlords fantasy series (Legend of the Treasure, 2006; The Talisman of Unification, 2007; Journey to Salvation, 2012; Mission of the Kings, 2019). My baseball memoir, Love Winning (2021).

Who are some of your favorite authors? Stephen King, Andy Weir

What were some of your favorite books growing up? The Hobbit, Lord of the Rings

What do you like best about writing? Being able to create a story that, hopefully, people can enjoy and escape in. Times are tough and my books provide an escape from reality.

What do find most challenging about writing? Staying focused and leaving social media behind! There’s always another task to do, another text to respond to, and another post to write. Carving out time to write can be a challenge.

Where do you draw your inspiration? I’ve always been a “Star Wars” guy and I love the universe where all my heroes are from. Those movies and books have always inspired me to write, as well as Lord of the Rings, “Game of Thrones,” and “The X-Files.” The Beatles were also a huge inspiration. I could see their music.

You’ve just been given the chance to collaborate on a book with Andy Weir. What’s the title going to be? Since Andy Weir writes science fiction and is an engineer like me, we collaborate on a book called First Contact. Stephen King would just laugh at my ideas!

Find out everything you ever wanted to know about Mike and his writing by visiting his website: http://www.MikeSquatrito.com

Follow him on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MikeSquatritoAuthor

On Twitter: https://twitter.com/Overlords

On Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mikesquatrito/

At LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/theoverlords/

Harrison Cross wishes nothing more than to help his hometown of Aegeus secure the land’s most sacred treasure, the bounty of the ancient Overlords known simply as the Treasure of the Land.The original Overlords vanished on one infamous day over 1,000 years ago leaving behind clues to their hidden treasure in the form of indestructible metallic plates and a map revealing a series of secret rooms.During their journey, Harrison and his friends face countless foes on their way to the sacred Seven Rooms, including the evil Scynthians who want nothing more than to eradicate the human race, and the ruthless and treasure-seeking Lord Nigel Hammer, governor of Concur and his large menacing army.Using the clues discovered along the way, the group must successfully navigate through the hidden mysteries of the sacred Seven Rooms in order to secure the land’s most elusive prize. Only then will their journey be a success. The question is, will they succeed?

Want to win a copy? Sure you do! Just fill in the blank: I would cross the desert, sail the ocean, and battle all foes to find _______________. (Go ahead, be creative!)

It’s #RIAuthor Month! Meet Mike Squatrito



Your name is Harrison Cross.  You’re a righteous warrior with an undying will to avenge your parent’s death and the power to reunite humanity.  However, every step along your journey is met with obstacles – people stealing your prized possessions, the Scynthians, a marauding species of ogre-like beings that want to eradicate your race, the ruthless Lord Hammer of Concur and his menacing army, and a land filled with creatures that hinder your progress – but you persevere.  Along the way you’re beaten, punished, and mocked for your beliefs, you witness friends dying, you’re hungry and tired, yet you persevere.  Your will is your asset, both a blessing and a curse.  People you meet admire you and want to help with your cause; they become friends for life.  Others want to tear you down.  You possess God-given physical skills that are tested each and every day.  You must not only fight to stay alive, but think as well.  And think you do.  Your friends are your rock and you will never betray them.  It’s not in your nature.  You meet the love of your life and you will protect her forever.  You gladly place the burden of the world on your shoulders and carry everyone with you.  You persevere, the word quit not in your vocabulary.  In the end, the result of your life is a simple outcome.  Either you win or you die.  Intrigued?

The Overlords: Legend of the Treasure is the first book in my Overlords fantasy series.  The Overlords: The Talisman of Unification and The Overlords: Journey to Salvation, the second and third books in the series respectively, are also available, and I’m working on the fourth installment as we speak. If you liked the intro then visit my webpage, www.The-Overlords.com, for more information about me and my projects.

You can purchase paperback or eBook versions directly from  Amazon


Mike has been writing The Overlords series for over twenty years. Currently, he lives in Tiverton, RI with his wife Lea, and their children, Devin and Samantha. Mike speaks at middle and high schools, colleges, local libraries, and writers’ groups where his sincere hope is to inspire everyone he meets to be creative and follow their dreams. He also is the vice president of the Association of Rhode Island Authors (ARIA).

When not working on the Overlords series, Mike is very active in fitness and sports. He continues to play baseball where he is a knuckleball pitcher for the Narragansett Brewers that won the 2008 and 2014 National Championships in Phoenix, AZ. He also runs 4 to 5 miles on a regular basis, does interval weight and cardio training, and takes Vinyasa yoga classes twice a week. Did we mention that he is an engineer, too, working on Homeland Defense projects?

Meet over 100 local authors on Saturday, December 2! The Fifth Annual RI Authors Expo