Mike was born in Northern Virginia and grew up in a small glass factory town in rural West Virginia. His mother's family came over from Ireland during the Potato famine to work in the mining towns of Virginia and West Virginia. He moved to Shepherdstown to study English and Theatre at Shepherd's College (now Shepherd's University). He started working for a large family house in Shepherdstown and wound up marrying one of the daughters of the estate. They now live in the big house overlooking the Potomac River.