It is one thing for a man to have a job they love, but when they can combine multiple things they love, that is even better. For Michael Zomber, this has become his reality. A cum laude graduate in English and Psychology at the University of Illinois, he went on to obtain his master’s degree in English Literature from UCLA. With his passion for writing and encouragement from his wife, he decided to write a few books. In addition to the success of his books, he has been on the History Channel for his extensive knowledge of sixteenth to nineteenth century swords, most especially Japanese samurai swords. Between his two passions, Zomber has been able to create a life that keeps him busy and happy.
Most of his published books are fiction yet have accurate details of the time period. The Soul of Kentucky, Sweet Betsy that’s Me, and Sweet Betsy focuses on a family’s life in rural Kentucky both before, during, and after the Civil War. The decisions the family makes to impacts their lives more than they realize. Focusing on his passion for samurais, Zomber wrote Shogun Iemitsu, a book on two young samurais that encompasses great accuracy for the time. His non-fiction book is called Jesus and the Samurai and it discusses how early Christianity affected the traditional Samurais.
In addition to writing books, he and his wife began Renascent Films in 1998. Their first film was La Cucharacha, which was well received by Robert Ebert. They produced a documentary on the Soul of the Samurai, and focused on women in their movie entitled Deep Sea Diving. In addition to their film successes, their film company has supported others both financially and technically.
Last, his passion for antique weapons has allowed some amazing pieces. He enjoys going in depth about the history of each piece. This does not happen for every piece since his samurai swords can date as far back as four hundred years ago. Combining these passions has allowed Michael Zomber to create a life that gives him meaning and financial stability. That is the goal of man.