Michael Rigg


Michael Rigg seems to have difficulty understanding the concept of retirement. After serving five years on active-duty as a Navy Judge Advocate, he stayed in the Naval Reserve, rising to the rank of Captain in the Judge Advocate General’s Corps. He retired (his first retirement) after approximately twenty-eight years of service. While fulfilling his commitment as a reserve officer (the infamous "one weekend a month and two weeks a year"), Mike worked with a small law firm in Norfolk, Virginia and, later, as a civilian attorney with the Office of the General Counsel (OGC) for the Department of the Navy. He retired (number two) from Navy OGC in late 2023, after a nearly thirty-five-year career.

As he approached his second retirement, Mike dabbled with writing fiction in his spare time, thus beginning his third career. He writes stories set in two disparate locations: Virginia and New Orleans. Not one to take his responsibilities as an author lightly, Mike conducts his research, especially for the New Orleans stories, with gusto. He belongs to three Mardi Gras Krewes and has participated in Carnival season parades and other festivities since 2018.

Mike graduated from West Virginia Wesleyan College with a B.A. in History and earned a J.D. Degree from the West Virginia University College of Law. He and his wife live in Virginia Beach. They have three adult children and three grandchildren.

Mike is a member of Hampton Roads Writers, Mystery Writers of America, and both the Sisters-in-Crime national organization and its Southeastern Virginia Chapter (Mystery by the Sea), where he serves as a Contributing Author to the MBTS blog “Sand in Our Shorts” (https://sandinourshorts.blogspot.com/). Mike is the author of a novelette, Ghosts of the French Market. Mike's short story, "Four Cedars," was selected for First Prize in Fiction at the 2021 Hampton Roads Conference. He and has short stories in several anthologies, including:

  • "In a Faubourg Far, Far Away" - Mardi Gras Mysteries (Mystery and Horror, LLC);

  • "The Courier" - Coastal Crimes: Mysteries by the Sea (Wildside Press); and

  • "Ghosts of Sandbridge" - Virginia is for Mysteries, Volume III (Koehler Books).

Visit Mike on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/michael.rigg.author or on his website:  www.michaelrigg.com.