Interview with Mike Al-Amiry

What do your fans mean to you?
By my nature I am a hospitable host, an entertainer, a story teller. Fans are my guests and my audience, and I love nothing more than to thrill them, mystify them, terrify them, tickle their ribs, and collect their teardrops.
Life is nothing without raised emotions and heightened senses, and when I do my job well, my own senses are elevated to their highest zeniths.
Who are your favorite authors?
Wow... here is a question impossible to answer in fewer than several volumes of epic proportions, starting with Homer and ending with J.K Rowling when you are like me, endowed with a Catholic taste across several genres. But I will mention a few contemporary authors who capture my imagination and get my juices running.
Stephen King. David Baldacci. William Peter Blatty. Sarah Langon. Dean Koontz. Cliuve Barker. Thomas Harris. Peter Straub. Graham Masterton. John Farris. James Herbert. Robert Ludlem. John Grisham. Fredrick Forsythe... Phew... my mind has gone blank... I can only apologize to the many other great authors, whose work I enjoy, but I've missed off this list...
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
I like this one... Eggs and bacon breakfast, my computer keyboard crying for me, and backache..!
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
First I have to divert my thoughts away from what I'm working on at the time. I read, spend a little time with my buddies in an online debating forum, play online poker, connect with family and friends, cook a spectacular dinner, and finally snuggle-up with my partner Rachael and watch a good movie.
How do you choose what you read?
When my attention is not drawn to an existing publication, I love discovering new authors with edgy styles and fresh outlooks.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes, it was a comic adventure drama that I started to write over 10 years ago.It was inspired by my years in the leisure trade and the bizarre tales that were told to me by tongues loosened by alcohol. I have taken this would be book off its shelf, dusted it down, and I am working on completing it as a first person narrative of the heroic adventures of a consummate antihero. "Heroes and Ugly Ducklings" will be published in the early part of 2013... If I can stop myself laughing for long enough to finish the thing.
What is your writing process?
An atom of a topic splits in my brain, and starts radiating outwards. That sets me off on a background research crusade, and the more I learn about the topic, the more intense that radiation becomes. The story-line begins from the nucleus, starts to grow, and a story is born that more or less writes itself... Rewrites, edits and re-edits are thereafter the hard slog that I have to do.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I can't be quite sure, but one that jumps to mind was the Pide Piper of Hamelin by Robert Browning, and between the ages of 7 and 12 I was very keen on learning to play any musical instrument I could get my hands on, but I kept away from anything that I had to blow into... You see I hated rats..!
How do you approach cover design?
That couldn't be easier. Every writer should have a (Robin), and my Robin is a cover designer whose imagination is as warped as mine. I tell him what I have in mind, and he does as he pleases.
What reactions do you hope for, from reading your book Ingress?
If I can make you nerve endings tingle, and you start seeing shadows around your home that have no business being there... Then I've done my job well.
Published 2015-07-24.
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Books by This Author

Heroes and Ugly Ducklings
You set the price! Words: 95,060. Language: English. Published: December 3, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » Satire
A hilarious first-person narrative account of the life, loves and misadventures of a consummate anti-hero, told with self-deprecating irony and satirical wit.
3 Days to Lazarus
You set the price! Words: 92,560. Language: English. Published: November 29, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
3 Days to Lazarus (2nd edition) is a revised version of Mike Al-Amiry’s chilling portrait of a post-democratic dystopia wholly at the mercy of bankers and big business elites, in which fervent anti-capitalist and pro-democracy activists are campaigning and plotting in secret, with the aim of sparking a global revolution.
Charley Brooks. (Through Jacob's Gate)
You set the price! Words: 96,450. Language: English. Published: November 14, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Thriller and Suspense, Fiction » Children’s books » Legends, Myths, Fables / General
Dreamscapes can sometimes become a place where two worlds, a thousand years apart , can collide, a place where modern-day knowledge is pitted against witchcraft, monsters, and demons, and where four 21st century handicapped kids and one dog, find themselves embroiled in a perilous adventure in the company of Captain Sinbad, one of legend’s most renowned heroes..!
The Whistle Keeper. (Wheels of Fate)
You set the price! Words: 86,220. Language: English. Published: November 10, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
THE WHISTLE KEEPER. (Wheels of Fate), Mystery&Suspense Horror/Thriller Do road accident victims know why they crossed the road where they did..? Why they took an aimless right turn down a busy shopping mall, and met someone they hadn't seen for 20 years..? Is coincidence a mere chance occurrence, or a carefully laid plan..? Is fate an excuse for helplessness, or an irresistible force of nature?
You set the price! Words: 115,980. Language: English. Published: October 12, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
telepath is a roller coaster ride through the labyrinthine mind of a psychotic serial killer.
You set the price! Words: 116,290. Language: English. Published: October 2, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Crime
a demonic affliction of the human brain is often the catalyst for the compulsion to kill, and a moth-eaten old priest is brought in to exorcise the invasive entity, but on rare occasions, a window on hell is opened, when a demon is born in the flesh, and an incarnate finds ingress...