Interview with Michael Eric Brown

When did you first start writing?
I first started writing when I was about 12 years old as a way to cope with a dysfunctional family situation. I started with fiction, but as an adult, my writing evolved into a platform for sharing my inner struggles and personal triumphs. Writing became a means of advocacy for the issues and concerns in society for which I strongly believe. It also gives me a creative outlet for describing the world as I see and experience it, giving others the ability to share it with me.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Writing is my means of communicating my thoughts, feelings and desires in a clear and decisive manner, something my spoken words could never portray as eloquently or meaningfully. Writing gives me the ability to reach within and draw out my joys, my pain, my fascinations and fears so others can understand they are not alone.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Since I was a teenager, my mantra has been Carpe Diem - Seize the Day. Each morning I wake up, (which is incredibly early according to most people I know!) is a new experience, and I can't wait to see what is going to happen. Even when it's simply enjoying a quiet peaceful day with my wife, in the back of my mind is the churning of thoughts about the next piece I'll be writing. It's exciting! I can't imagine not being able to see the sun come up every morning and be able to write about it.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Truthfully, I spend most of my days writing or researching for writing. I do, however, have a few websites that I tend to, but even some of them are blogs for which I write! I also decided after turning 50 to go back to school, so that is getting me in touch with my academic writing skills.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
As I said previously, I began writing fiction as an outlet to mentally "escape" from reality. I lost the copy of my first story, but I was 12 when I wrote it, and it was a dark theme. It was about a young, female hitchhiker who found herself stuck in a storm and happened upon a house owned by an elderly woman. Unbeknownst to her or the woman, an escaped convict was also out in the storm. I'll leave it at that. Perhaps I'll actually get around to rewriting it someday.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
The only e-reading device I own is my Microsoft Surface Pro II laptop, and it works for me. I've owned a Kindle in the past, as well as an iPad and both were also fine. I'm not particularly picky as long as it's comfortable for me to hold and easy for me to read.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I've been writing for over 40 years for work, for non-profits, blogs, magazines, and now academically. Most importantly, I write for pleasure no matter what the topic may be. I have years of "snippets", and felt it was time to do something with them. Putting some of them into ebook format seemed the logical thing to do.
Will there be more books?
Yes. I'm working on editing three more books to publish in the near future. I am busy with writing articles for my websites and as a contract freelance writer, also, so I have to find time between the paying jobs and my academic studies to work on my own books. If only days were longer!
Published 2015-07-30.
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Books by This Author

A Herstory of Transmasculine Identities: An Annotated Anthology
Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 76,720. Language: English. Published: May 25, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Social Science » Gender studies, Nonfiction » Gay & Lesbian » Transgender
Unravelling the complex intersections of FTM gender transitions, lesbianism and feminism…Identities. Gender concerns. Misogyny. Objectification. Politics. Patriarchy. Discrimination. Rejection. Losses. Gains. Emotions.
On Passing: A Play in One Act
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 4,130. Language: English. Published: August 1, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Social Science » Gender studies, Nonfiction » Education & Study Guides » Violence & harassment
It's not always easy being a transgender individual, and the journey to self-authenticity can be filled with much pain and loss; from losing loved ones as well as employment and housing. Not to be overlooked is the risk these individuals take with their very lives in order to be themselves. This short play depicts the violent result of discrimination that many transgender people face in daily life
The Death Penalty: A Persuasive Argument
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 6,930. Language: English. Published: July 31, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Philosophy » Political
This book was written from an academic and philosophical perspective in examining the texts of the U.S. Constitution and certain pertinent court files to examine the subject of the Death Penalty as administered in the United States today. It is written in argument form, and utilizes IBE (Inference to the Best Explanation).
The Fibonacci Sequence: The World Bursting With Numbers
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 4,820. Language: English. Published: July 30, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Science & Nature » Mathematics
The real-world examples in this short but informative book are far from comprehensive. One can look in nearly every direction and see examples of the Fibonacci Sequence. Whether one believes the Big Bang Theory or some divine entity created our world, a recurring theme permeates throughout life as we know it, one that is represented in earth and its galaxy as well as in plants, animals and humans.