Michael Collins was born in Limerick, Ireland. He is a novelist, screenwriter, software developer and elite runner.
He is the author of ten works of fiction which have been translated into twenty languages. He is the recipient of numerous New York Times Notable Book of the Year Awards. His novel The Keepers of Truth was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize.
Collins was a writer on the film Julia, starring Oscar-winning actress, Tilda Swinton which garnered numerous international film awards.
Collins is a world class distance-runner. He earned a bronze medal at the 2010 World 100k Championships in Gibraltar. Notable wins include The Everest Marathon, The North Pole Marathon, The Antarctic Marathon and The Sahara Marathon.
Collins is a five-time USATF Masters winner over 5,000 & 10,000 meters on the road and track.
Collins earned an athletic scholarship to The University of Notre Dame. He earned a Masters from Oxford University and holds a doctorate from The University of Illinois, Chicago.
Collins is also accomplished programmer. He developed numerous award-winning medical software applications while lead software developer at Northwestern University Medical School. He was employed at Microsoft Corp in Redmond.