A former captain in the U.S. Army, Michael Erin gravitates toward Pat Conroy’s coming-of-age novel The Lords of Discipline. The son of a military officer, Conroy wrote prolifically about his life experiences in military bases. The Lords of Discipline, for example, was inspired by his time as a student in the Citadel Military Academy in South Carolina. Michael Erin’s interest in the novel is not surprising given the story's rich themes and brutal honesty.
Published in 1980, the book chronicles the life of Will McLean, a cadet in the Carolina Military Institute. Will eventually questions the moral codes imposed upon him and his fellow cadets when he is tasked to keep a watchful eye on the first African American cadet that the institute has admitted. Rumors of a secret organization that aims to get rid of the said cadet stir Will into action. He rallies his comrades, and they start relying on their own moral compasses, searching for truth even if it they have to go against the establishment.
Michael Erin currently serves as the global initiatives manager for the Las Vegas Global Economic Alliance.