About the Author
Having started and run three companies, including one that made Inc. magazine\’s list of fastest growing companies in America in 1992, Mel Laurila has lived the entrepreneurial experience of turning a dream into reality. A graduate of Michigan Technological University with B.S. and M.S. degrees in metallurgical engineering, he is very familiar with the mines in Michigan\’s Copper Country. Mel Laurila has published a textbook, The Sampling of Coal, and has written over one hundred articles and technical papers during his thirty-plus years in the mining business. He continues to consult with major mining equipment suppliers. Mel and his wife, Anna, reside in Georgetown, Kentucky, and Republic, Michigan. A good story is based on fact and the premise that this could happen. The resurgent copper boom in Michigan’s “Copper Country” or Keweenaw Peninsula is in fact, something that local residents have dreamed about since the last of the copper mines shut down in the late 1960’s. With rising copper prices, and millions of pounds of native copper still in the ground, this is the plausible scenario that Mine Games is built upon. Add in an exceptionally high grade copper and silver vein of ore, a few mining characters as found in most any mining town, some shady out-of-town “prospectors” and you’ve got yourself and interesting tale worthy of time spent in a favorite reading chair by a fireplace (or a beach chair, hammock, etc.-you get the picture). For more information on what is fact and what is fiction in Mine Games, see the Mining Page. Mel’s book is published through Tate Publishing, a mainline publishing house dedicated to working with aspiring authors and giving their book its best chance in the marketplace. If you’ve ever thought about publishing a book, you should visit tatepublishing.com.