Interview with Michael Trigg

How have you sold books to date?
Primarily to friends, relatives and business associates. Most of the time, they help out by spreading the word .and forwarding my emails to their friends and relatives. Called word of mouth or word of internet.
Describe your desk
My desk? Reasonably tidy. I have an in-tray, an out-tray, a yellow legal pad for tear-out notes and a spiral bound notebook for information (phone numbers, new passwords, etc) that I can go back to at any time. Holders for pens. A land line phone, a lamp and of course, my laptop. Most of the time, I can see my desk.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in New Zealand. My first teacher, Mrs Pentigan encouraged my artistic endeavors. My mother and father were always encouraging us to enter writing contests. I remember winning a gold pen once.I come from a long line of artists; singers, pianists, painters and writers.
When did you first start writing?
I wrote my first story when I was six. I was always near the top of the class in English. My father, a very practical man, decided I should enter a trade when I graduated high school which I did much to my mother's chagrin. She saw me as a writer, not a mechanic.
What's the story behind your latest book?
There are so many crooks, scammers, fraudsters and downright thieves in the world today and the Internet has made things very easy for them. That plus people's greed. My book advises entrepreneurs and investors to use their common sense and do due diligence. And, rely on instinct. If a deal or an investment smells fishy, it is fishy. if it sounds too good to be true, it is.Most conmen and conwomen are well dressed, well groomed, smooth and very charming.They do not look like crooks.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Dozens of rejection letters from publishers.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Just getting thoughts and ideas down on paper. It is fascinating having words and ideas percolate through and not knowing where they come from.
What do your fans mean to you?
Feedback is great. Lifts your spirits and provides encouragement to continue.
What are you working on next?
My next Greanwold book. The first one, Greanwold and the Mystery Cave is number one book in a series (I hope). I am also working on a prequel. Where do all the characters in the Mystery Cave come form.
Who are your favorite authors?
James Lee Burke, Lee Childs, JK Rowling, Michael Connelly, WP Kinsella, Ian Rankin, Morgan LLewelyn, CS Lewis, Lewis Carroll to name just a few.
Published 2014-11-04.
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Books by This Author

The Wit and Wisdom of Donald Trump
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 1,590. Language: English. Published: August 26, 2018. Categories: Nonfiction » Politics and Current Affairs » World leaders, Nonfiction » Politics and Current Affairs » World leaders
The Wit and Wisdom of Donald Trump is a spoof book on the Wit and Wisdom of one of the most outrageous men to have ever been elected to the office of the present of the United States.
Bumble and Tuck in Chicken Poop
Price: $1.30 USD. Words: 1,410. Language: English. Published: August 23, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Readers / Beginner
Bumble and Tuck, private detectives are hired by Big Billy Barnstorm, a farm owner who discovers someone is stealing his eggs but at the same time, he has more chickens than he should have. A real mystery.
The Minosaur Book of the Environment for Kids
Price: $1.50 USD. Words: 2,950. Language: English. Published: August 6, 2018. Categories: Nonfiction » Children's Books » Science & Nature / Environmental Conservation & Protection, Fiction » Educational
What does the word environment mean to kids? The Minosaur Book of the Environment for Kids is an ABC of most commonly used terms in understanding the earth climate and how to protect it.
The Minosaur Book of Rules for Kids
Price: $1.50 USD. Words: 2,670. Language: English. Published: August 2, 2018. Categories: Nonfiction » Children's Books » Social Issues / Values & Virtues
What are rules? Rules are made by people in charge to make sure that everyone is treated the same and to try and keep people honest.
Keegan and Big Grey
Series: Stories from OceanPark. Price: $1.50 USD. Words: 3,450. Language: English. Published: July 21, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Fiction
Keegan Clark lives in the little village of OceanPark. His best friend is his granddad, Grandpa Mack who in the eyes of Keegan is the best fisherman in the world. Grandpa Mack introduces Keegan to the world of fly-fishing and and tells Keegan about a huge brown trout that inhabits the stream that runs by OceanPark.
Parker and Uncle Billy's Ghost
Series: Stories from OceanPark. Price: $1.50 USD. Words: 2,850. Language: English. Published: July 20, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Paranormal
Uncle Billy, as he was known to the townsfolk died and his house has remained empty. But, there are stories of mysterious lights and things being moved in the house at night. Parker stays the night in the spooky house on a dare and the events are spooky and surprising.
The Minosaur Book of Birthdays for Kids
Series: The Minosaur Series. Price: $1.30 USD. Words: 400. Language: English. Published: July 20, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Holidays & Celebrations / Birthdays
In the Minosaur Book of Birthdays, kids select their birthday month and see what type of Minosaur they are. They can also check out friends and brothers and sisters.
The Minosaur Book of Secrets
Series: The Minosaur Series. Price: $1.30 USD. Words: 2,820. Language: English. Published: July 19, 2018. Categories: Nonfiction » Children's Books » Family / General
The Minosaur Book of Secrets for Kids is NOT for adults. Its a book for kids who can read (yes it helps) so they can learn to understand what it is their parents are actually saying.
Don't Get Scammed
Series: Advisory Financial Services. Price: $2.49 USD. Words: 7,500. Language: English. Published: November 3, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Business & Economics » Money & monetary policy, Nonfiction » Business & Economics » Investments & securities / stocks
DON'T GET SCAMMED is a very simple, easy to read and easy to follow book for entrepreneurs and investors on how not to be taken by unscrupulous financiers, brokers, phony business deals, scammers and conmen.
Greanwold and the Mystery Cave
Series: The Greanwold Quest. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 31,740. Language: English. Published: November 1, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Action & Adventure / Pirates
Keegan Clarke is an 8 year old junior Indiana Jones / Harry Potter. His driving desire is to be a great explorer. Keegan comes across a mysterious stone and accidentally releases some Minosaurs, legendary mini dragons including Greanwold who ends up saving Keegan from the claws of an evil Draegon whose plan is to take over the world.