Inspiration. Knowing others relate to me and my perspective drives my creativity.
What are you working on next?
3rd book of poetry, not sure what the title will be yet but the content is complete.
Who are your favorite authors?
There are so many that I couldn't possibly list them all. I have a taste for new and old, whomever is writing from the heart, telling tales, or taking me on a journey that is inescapable, that is who I love. When it's 3am and I'm saying to myself, "just one more chapter" that's when they make my top ten!
What gets you out of bed in the morning?
Red Bull and Pop Tarts!
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
No, I've written for so long and so many poems that I can't remember many of them at all. I've gone back and read some of the stuff that I wrote during my high school years and asked myself, "did you really write that? It's pretty good!" Of course I'm a little biased.
What is your writing process?
Quick and Dirty!!!
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I do remember reading the Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis, when I was in Middle school, and that was when I really got hooked on stories.
How do you approach cover design?
My own creations that represent mental images or things that I have seen that made an impression. I've been so many places in my life, yet simple beauty has always caught my eye.
Describe your desk
No desk, just a random collection of notebooks. I write old-school style, with a pen and leather bound journals. When I convert them into published lines, I often modify them and edit for the one and only time.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I'm not sure how to answer this since I've never grown up.
When did you first start writing?
I can't remember a time when I didn't write. My mother once told me that I was born with a fishing rod in one hand and a Cross pen in the other. She said, "thankfully they were pointed in the same direction as my head!"
What's the story behind your latest book?
All of my books tie together in many ways, the clues are there if you can find them.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Random chance. I happened to be fired from a very successful career and with time on my hands I started completing something that I said that I would always do, writing a book.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
I would still be telling people "someday I'm going to do it" if not for Smashwords. I couldn't be more thankful.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Reading something that I long forgot that I wrote and thinking, "damn, did I write that?"
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Gazing out the window, I sit staring at the world around me and wonder; will anyone ever read this? Then I think to myself, "Who cares if they don't, life isn't about them; it's about the house that Mike built."