Veteran crime reporter for MLive, Michigan’s largest online and print media outlet. To break up writing about man’s inhumanity to man on a daily basis, I moonlight as a music critic for several online publications, with a focus on examining the historical lineages in modern musicians' work. When it comes to favorite artists, Tom Waits and Nick Cave reign as warring kings, with PJ Harvey as the queen in the middle and the Replacements serving as the court jesters. Though I have a bachelor’s degree in Creative Writing, I am considering going back to school for a master’s degree in either that field or Literature. In my free time, I write fiction steeped in surrealism with a Southern Gothic twinge and study the religions and history of the world. I live in Bay City, Michigan, with my girlfriend and cat, tree frog and Betta fish. Follow me on Twitter @ColeWaterman.