Mike Yorkey is an author, editor and speaker who has written or co-written over 75 books. He loves what he does. He gets to play with words all day. Research interesting topics. Tell fascinating stories. Bring characters to life. Create.
He’s been writing for a living for more than 25 years after getting his start at a small weekly newspaper at the California ski resort of Mammoth Lakes. Then in 1986, he received a huge break: Focus on the Family, a Christian ministry founded by Dr. James Dobson, hired him to be the editor of Focus on the Family magazine. He enjoyed 11 fantastic and satisfying years at Focus on the Family before moving into a freelance career as an author, editor, and speaker.
Although he’s written a dozen books under his name, he’s collaborated with some amazing people by writing their books for them: folks like Tim and Beverly LaHaye; evangelist Luis Palau; pop singers Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis, Jr.; tennis stars Michael Chang, Roscoe Tanner, and Betsy McCormack; baseball pitcher Dave Dravecky; San Diego physician Nick Yphantides (My Big Fat Greek Diet); and Jordan Rubin of The Maker’s Diet fame.
But he considers that his professional and personal highlight has been coming alongside Fred Stoeker ever since Every Man’s Battle was released in 2000. The Every Man’s series – nearly a dozen books in all – is nearing 2 million in sales, but more importantly, the impack in men’s lives has been mind-boggling and humbling for him. To be part of influencing millions of guys staggers his imagination and is something he will treasure to the end of his days.