Interview with Michael Embry

Published 2016-05-25.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
I'm generally an early riser but I must confess that my two Chorkies, Bailey and Belle, are the biggest inspiration for getting out of bed. They make me! But I also write in the pre-dawn hours since I find it rather quiet, especially after the dogs do their business and eat. I try to write two to three hours, and longer if I don't run out of mental energy.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I enjoy spending time outdoors, usually hiking or walking. I also like family time since I have a supportive wife, two wonderful sons and daughters-in-law and three beautiful granddaughters. And then I have my two Chorkies (a mix of Chihuahua and Yorkshire terrier), Bailey and Belle, who also demand some of my time. Other than that, you'll usually find me reading, both fiction and nonfiction.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I generally read synopsis on Smashwords, Amazon, Facebook and other sites. Many ebooks are in print editions so I'll read reviews in magazines and newspapers as well. Also, I have several friends who are authors who tell me about ebooks they've read or recommend.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I wrote an awful short story in college that I submitted at a creative writing conference during a summer session. I don't even have a copy of it now. Yes, it was rather bad.
What is your writing process?
I usually rise early in the morning, put on a pot of coffee and feed the dogs before I get settled in at my computer. After the dogs go back to sleep, I read the last page or so of my work in progress and then proceed to write. I will probably write 2,000 to 3,000 words. I finish for the day when I feel I've written a chapter, or at least some passage that will provide the spark to continue the next morning.
How do you approach cover design?
For my novels, the covers were designed by a graphic artist at Wings ePress. I tell them what the book is about and provide a few ideas in which they can proceed. They usually show me several of their ideas, and then we go from there until we reach agreement on a cover. For my short story collection, Laments, I hired Tugboat Design for the cover.
What do you read for pleasure?
I read all sorts of genres for pleasure. I like variety. However, when I'm working on a novel, I read nonfiction because I don't want to be influenced by other fiction. When I'm not writing, I read all sorts of fiction, from the old classics to the new books that will someday be classics.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I own a Kindle. I like its size and weight. It's also great for travel; simply carry it around rather than toting a lot of print books.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
I try various marketing techniques, from snail mail (postcards, news releases) to Twitter to Facebook. I've done giveaways on Goodreads and Amazon. I think exposure is key. However, I believe the most effective marketing is word of mouth. I always encourage readers to tell others about books they've read and to try to leave reviews in Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Smashwords and other places.
Describe your desk
A mess. It has notes, notebooks, reference books, printer, scanner, everything except a kitchen sink.
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Books by This Author

Shooting Star
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 67,690. Language: English. Published: March 25, 2014 by Wings ePress, Inc.. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Social Issues, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Family
Jesse Christopher finds out that it’s not easy being the new kid in school, no matter how well you play basketball. When discovered shooting hoops at a school playground by a high school coach, Jesse seems to be the missing piece to the puzzle for a team that aspires to win the Kentucky state championship. But Jesse faces an array of problems in his new environment as he tries to make friends...
The Touch
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 74,780. Language: English. Published: January 28, 2014 by Wings ePress, Inc.. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » General
Blake Williams is a widower trying to raise three children. He has been careful to open his heart to another woman, fearful of the pain he might suffer again. His attention is focused on providing a loving home for his kids. Carla Reeves is involved in an abusive relationship. She doesn’t know who to turn to for advice. She meets Blake by chance on several occasions and the relationship evolves..
A Long Highway
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 81,880. Language: English. Published: January 13, 2014 by Wings ePress, Inc.. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
Micah Stewart is in the throes of a mid-life crisis. He’s bored with his job as a sports writer. While he maintains a good relationship with his ex-wife and children, he feels unfulfilled in many areas of his life. A random act of violence in the workplace forces Micah to hit the road in search of meaning to his life. Will he find enlightenment? Can he find happiness again? Can he find...
A Confidential Man
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 85,540. Language: English. Published: January 13, 2014 by Wings ePress, Inc.. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Amateur sleuth
Sports columnist Chase Elliott has earned a reputation around the newsroom of being a person that others can confide their deepest problems. What happens when someone goes over the line? And what if a fellow worker dies from mysterious circumstances?
Foolish Is The Heart
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 102,150. Language: English. Published: November 19, 2013 by Wings ePress, Inc.. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Brandon Wilkes is a 45-year-old sports columnist who has never settled down to the point of marriage. At first it was his career that caused him to go the bachelor route. He became a respected and successful sportswriter. As he grew older, he seemed content to be single the remainder of his life. That's not to say that he didn't have relationships or that women didn't pursue him.
The Bully List
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 54,430. Language: English. Published: October 9, 2013 by Wings ePress, Inc.. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Social Issues
Dealing with bullies isn’t an easy thing to do. My parents tell me to ignore or avoid them. But it seems if you ignore them, it gets under their skin and they want to bully you even more. And that makes it’s even harder to avoid them. Does that make sense? I’m not the only one who gets bullied.
Laments: Short Stories
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 28,020. Language: English. Published: August 10, 2012 . Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author, Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author
Ten short stories about people who suffer the consequences of the decisions they have made -- or the decisions that others have made for them.