Michael O’Haver

Michael O’Haver was born in Atascadero, California.  He got into writing rather late in life three years before retiring from a 38 year career as a City and Regional Planner.

His daughter Lisa, by his second marriage was going through a divorce.  She wanted to give her own daughter Mickenzie something to do during this difficult time in both their lives.  She asked Michael to e-mail Mickenzie. He was happy to comply.  When he did, he asked Mickenzie, who was about ten at the time, to start a story about herself and some of her many pets.  She would send it to him and he would edit it, adding his part. When they finished a story, they would pick another pet or adventure; some were imaginary, and some were based on true events. The result was the chapter book – Mickenzie’s Menagerie. Two of the chapters in Mickenzie’s Menagerie, Michael has since turned into picture books:

  • The Perfect Christmas Tree, and
  • The Tales of Two Kittens

Over the years he has gotten inspiration for seven more children’s picture books, three educational workbooks for children, a couple of adult self-help books and currently is working on his first Historical Novel – Gold Fever, as well as his first Memoir about his athletic career – The Memoirs of a Track Nut.


Children’s Picture Books

Children’s Chapter Books

  • Children’s Educational Workbooks
  • Adult Self-Help Books
  • Adult Historical Fiction
  • Memoirs
  • Christian Poetry
  • Newsletters
  • Science Fiction (Coming Soon)

Graduate of the Institute of Children’s Literature, in 2010

Children’s Picture & Chapter Books:

  • Mickenzie’s Menagerie
  • Dragonfly Quest
  • The Paperboy
  • The Mysteries of Meadowlark Lane
  • The Magic Crooked Canes
  • The Adventures of Joe, the Wave that Grew
  • The Little Dog with the Big Bark
  • The Perfect Christmas Tree
  • The Tales of Two Kittens

Children’s Educational Books:

  • The Last Royal Monarch
  • The Animal Alphabet Book
  • The Greening of Naveen

 Self-Help Books:

  • Recovering from Back Injuries
  • A Short Guide to A Long Marriage
  • Finding Your Soul Mate in a Soulless World (Coming Soon)

Adult Historical Fiction:

  • Gold Fever (Coming Soon)


  • Memoirs of a Track Nut (Coming Soon)


  • A Short Guide to a Long Marriage
  • Annual calendars turned into Mini Books of Poetry with photos.
  • Trees
  • Lighthouses, or Oregon & Washington
  • West Coast Lighthouses
  • Covered Bridges, Oregon
  • Covered Bridges of California
  • Fruits of the Spirit
  • Barns of Highway 49
  • The Cross
  • Prayers in Verse
  • Rivers
  • Waterfalls
  • Old Barns of Lake County
  • The Lighthouse and the Cross
  • Gardens
  • Sailing Ships
  • Old Spanish Missions of California

Newsletter Editor/Writer/Illustrator:


  • Gold Country Writers – Dispatch
  • Placer’s Gold Toastmasters
  • Auburn SDA Church

In the Past:

  • Kern COG Log
  • Madras SDA Church
  • Bakersfield Track Club – The Last Gasp
  • Kern County Triathlon Association
  • Kern County Triathlon Club
  • Foothills Christian Writers
  • Redwood Chapter of Adventist Singles

Website: https://www.ohavers-lighthouse-beacon-press.com/