I met Michael a while ago in several Facebook groups and he writes stories that suit my fancy. He’s got a few books out and I hope to put them on my TBR pile. For now, I’m thankful Michael agreed to participate in this interview, and he’s been patient in getting this out there.
Tell us a little about yourself, Michael.
I live in a very small village in the middle of nowhere, with my wife and three sons. I’m a Jack of All Trades type of guy- I’ve done just about any menial job you can imagine.
What are your ambitions for your writing career?
The ultimate goal is, of course, to be able to write for a living. Even if I have to work multiple jobs to take care of my family I will always write, though.
Which writers inspire you?
Anyone who actually writes, completes books, and gets them out there into the world is an inspiration. As for heroes… there’s Stephen King, obviously, and Neil Gaiman, Tolkien- going WAY back, when I was a kid I read a lot of Beverly Cleary and Judy Blume. Plus the classics: HG Wells, Jules Verne, Doyle, Stevenson, H Rider Haggard, Robert Howard, etc. Books are my world.
So, what have you written? What genre do you typically write? What genres are your books?
I typically write fantasy, of one variation or another. My last novel, I decided to jump into the world of horror. It was a lot of fun.
Where can we buy or see them?
My books are all available on Amazon, across the globe.
Give us an insight into your main character. What does he/she do that is so special?
The main character in which novel? Well, the main character in my latest book, Dream a Little Dream of Me, is just an ordinary small town girl. She’s decent and kind, and thrust into a dark place.
Give us a summary of what your book is about.
Dream a Little Dream of Me is a novel about small town life, friendship, and facing the gruesome secrets of the past that we’d all like to forget.
If you had to choose a favorite character that you’ve written, who would it be and why?
I don’t think I could. It would be like picking a favorite child. Characters really are like children, you know- I gave them life. I love them all, even the villains.
What are you working on now?
I’ve just started my seventh novel, which completely by coincidence is titled Seven Cuts.
When did you decide to become a writer?
I’ve wanted to be a writer since the first time I ever looked at a storybook. When I was in kindergarten I said “I’m going to be a writer.” That hasn’t changed during the thirty-five years since.
Why do you write?
Everyone has one real ability, something that they can do better than anything else. Telling stories is mine.
What made you decide to sit down and actually start something?
It’s what I was made to do.
Do you write full-time or part-time?
If you write at all, you’re a writer. The real world, with its bills and demands, makes it impossible to do nothing but write. Whatever time you can put in, it’s enough.
How do you structure your day, by word count, hours or by pages?
I don’t. I have two jobs, a wife, two teenagers and an infant. I write whenever I can, whatever amount I can.
Do you write on a typewriter, computer, dictate or longhand?
Mostly the computer, scrap paper if I’m away from home base.
Where do the your ideas come from?
Same place as anyone else- experience and imagination.
Do you work to an outline or plot or do you prefer just see where an idea takes you?
I don’t outline.
How do you think you’ve evolved creatively?
Everyone who writes hones their voice over time. We all start out clumsy, timid- a little kid with awkward motor controls. As we write we find our craft, build layers upon layers of structure and nuance, and that never ends. We always get better.
What are your greatest challenges in writing and how have you adapted to them?
The greatest challenge is simply finding the time and doing it. It’s so easy to just veg out, watch TV and lay around, when you have free time. That’s the challenge. A lot of time people will say that it would be easy to write a book. My response to that would be “Where’s yours, then?”