Born in 1960, Michael Prescott grew up in New Jersey and attended Wesleyan University, majoring in Film Studies. After graduation, he moved to Los Angeles, where he wrote scripts for several independent producers. Michael also worked as a magazine freelancer and archival researcher, and eventually started writing books. He authored six titles under the pseudonym Brian Harper before switching to the new identity of Michael Prescott.
Many of his novels have been top ten bestsellers among Kindle's paid titles.