Interview with Michael Jennings

When did you first start writing?
I started writing in high school ... mainly poetry. After high school, I entered the Navy and found myself writing a lot of poetry and some short stories of my adventures in foreign lands.
What's the story behind your latest book?
It all started with a serious medical problem with my son's then wife. As her medical complexities increased, I soon realized that I could never capture all that it entailed. But still, the thoughts of a "medical story" continued to play games with my mind. After a year had passed, I sat down and started to write while vacationing (for 7 weeks) with my sons at their country-like home in Virginia. Before returning back home to the Seattle area, I had most of the story written.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Knowing beforehand that the process of enlisting an agent and eventual publisher could be years in the making, I opted to self-publish.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
One of my greatest joys in writing is putting my vivid imagination down on paper (or in my case, on my computer). While most of what I have written has never been shared with the general populace, I take a certain satisfaction in the creation process itself.
What are you working on next?
I teamed up with two fellow authors in creating a gag book. The title being, "Understanding Women: A Male's Guide to Survival." The logistics of working with other authors is that it can be dicey; each of us having our own thoughts on how something should be worded. Fortunately, one of the ground rules from the start was voting -- two out of three wins out.
Who are your favorite authors?
While I've always enjoyed reading the classics from the past 100 years or so (Dickens, Hemingway, D. H. Lawrence, etc.), I thoroughly enjoy all that Richard Sparks has written. In some ways, my novel is written in the same style as his. Or so I've been told.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Pure and simple: Writing. I'm a light sleeper averaging about five hours of sleep a night. My mind is too busy with creative thoughts to waste it sleeping. So up I get, at whatever hour, and the writing process begins anew.
What is your writing process?
Every author has their own style that works for them. Unlike many others, I don't use an outline to work from. Yes, I do make notes from time to time to remember something to be added later in the story. For the most part, however, I already have ideas in my head from which I write a particular chapter.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
That is an easy one to answer. It was "The Tale of Two Cities" by Charles Dickens; part of a high school class assignment. I thought to myself at the time, "What a beautifully written story." A novel I have since re-read five or six times.
How do you approach cover design?
My cover design tried to capture the essence of the novel. I sketched out my thoughts of what it should look like and then sent that off to a graphic designer to create.
What do you read for pleasure?
I've started to read some sci-fi books, biographies and a few crime mystery novels. My first love of reading, however, has always been romance novels and short stories. I'm a romantic at heart.
Describe your desk
Wow!! This is incriminating. I would basically describe my desk as messy. Currently on it are two novels, my iPhone, checkbook, letters, tons of marked-up post-it notes, my coffee cup, and a pile of paperwork that needs attending to ... though probably later. The rest of my two office areas are basically neat.
Published 2013-08-23.
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Books by This Author

Flight Surgeon
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 108,020. Language: English. Published: September 13, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » General
When a beautiful young country singer falls for a rich, handsome flight surgeon, the course of true love encounters turbulence along the way. Briana is innocent and mischievous, while Michael is serious and focused on his work for Doctors Without Borders. What starts as an easy flirtation soon becomes more complicated than either of them had bargained for.