Mike Parris worked as a photographer, writer and editor with publishing companies for 12 years. Parris also worked as a public relations manager at Ford Motor Company in its Dearborn headquarters. He has a bachelor's degree in photography from Brooks Institute (Santa Barbara) and a master's degree in Journalism (Ohio University). He has authored two Ford history books and written hundreds of magazine articles. Parris has also provided photography and articles for major automotive publications including Motor Trend, Motorcyclist, Off-Road, Hot Rod and Winding Road.