Interview with Michael Drakich

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I live in a quaint neighbourhood of Windsor, Ontario, Canada called Olde Walkerville. I've been in this area for most of my life, twenty years in my current home and fifteen years in my parents who still live in the same house over fifty years now. As a child, one of the great things was a place called Willistead Manor right in the heart of the neighbourhood. It had been the summer home of Edward Walker, son of Hiram Walker who established Walkerville in 1890. My own home was one of the first, built in 1895. But I digress. After Walkerville was incorporated into the city of Windsor, Willistead Manor became the home of the public library. Less than two blocks away it was a steady retreat for me to whet my appetite to read. Over the years I read every science fiction and fantasy novel on its shelves. The surrounding grounds are a many acre park filled with century old trees, ponds and fountains. There was no place better in the world to get lost with a book.
When did you first start writing?
I started in February of 2006. It's an interesting story. My current reading habit at the time was to stop at the Chapters bookstore, buy a latte at the adjoining Starbucks, and peruse the discount racks for my favorite genres. I picked up a voluminous book that was part of a successful epic fantasy series. I think it's the sixth in the line which is now somewhere around eleven or so. It is always my habit to finish any book I start. This one was a chore. When I finished I concluded it to be one of the worst novels I had ever read. What amazed me next was the books were picked up and made into a television serial. I was flabbergasted. I reasoned if that stuff could be so successful, anybody can do this writing thing. I sat down and began work on my first novel. As they say, the rest is history.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I just released on July 24, 21013 an action scifi entitled "The Infinite Within". The blurb reads - Going into outer space calls to Astronaut Brooke Jones like the sirens of old, and when the chance to be part of the first manned mission to Mars arises, she is ecstatic. But little does she know the fate that awaits her on the surface of the red planet or the results of her encounter when she gets back to Earth. I'd been hankering on writing a novel where the main protagonist was a female and current events in the real world of science, the search for the Higgs Boson at CERN and the news that Voyager 1 had reached the heliosheath, gave me the basis for the story. I don't want to give any spoilers but the early reviews have been good.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
It wasn't my original goal. I started out as most authors did back then, thinking about landing a big publishing contract. Although seven years ago self published was starting to become mainstay, I would suggest the majority of writers still believed in the old fashioned method of agent-publisher. I know I did. I pursued that course for a couple of years and eventually landed a contract with a small publisher for my novel "Grave Is The Day". One year into my contract I discovered the error of my ways. In my opinion, small publishers cannot provide the springboard you need to go big and, in the meantime, you end up with pennies on the dollar for your efforts. The big publishers only talked to agents and they only wanted you if 1. You were famous, or 2. You were outstanding in the field you were writing, or 3. You were previously successfully published, as in a bestseller. Otherwise, it was three strikes and you were out. Indie publishing became the best viable option to me.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
You can tell Mark Coker wrote these questions. Way to go, Mark! All kidding aside, Smashwords is still the simplest method to get mass exposure for your Ebook. As a writer, any tool than can save me the tedium of loading my novel to all those sites is greatly appreciated. I can use that time working on what I want to do - write.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
It always the same. There's nothing like the feeling of writing the final chapters of a novel where the plot and all the sub-plots come tying neatly together into the grande finale. I know there's still plenty of work to come in the editing and proofing and beta reading and cover design and marketing and on and on, but that moment when you first finish writing a novel is the sweetest.
What do your fans mean to you?
On hot days, I put one in the corner and set it to oscillate round the room. The alternating breeze as it swings back and forth is most soothing. When it comes to those people who like my writing, they are to me like Mercury, a winged messenger spreading the word because, in the publishing business, due to the internet, word of mouth is a very powerful tool.
What are you working on next?
After my last three having been a couple of scifi's and a thriller, I'm going back to writing another epic fantasy entitled, "Demon Stones". Set in the same world as my first novel, "The Brotherhood Of Piaxia", it is a stand alone story. My early version of the blurb would read - The seven kingdoms are in upheaval. The demon stones have been opened and the vile creatures once more roam the land. Caught in the middle are Gar, a wayward farm boy, and his younger sister, Darlee, as they both struggle in their separate ways to escape the horrors wrought by the demons and war.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Not including what I did as a teenager for high school projects, my first story was a short scifi entitled, "The Intrepid Explorer. It sits collecting dust in my computer. I suppose one of these days it will get resurrected and published.
Published 2013-08-21.
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Books by This Author

The Infinite Within
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Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 71,230. Language: English. Published: July 24, 2013. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
Going into outer space calls to Astronaut Brooke Jones like the sirens of old, and when the chance to be part of the first manned mission to Mars arises, she is ecstatic. But little does she know the fate that awaits her on the surface of the red planet or the results of her encounter when she gets back to Earth.
Lest The Dew Rust Them
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Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 77,220. Language: English. Published: February 22, 2013. Category: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
Terrorism in America has a new game…decapitations! Robert Grimmson faces the task of catching five men in New York City. They call themselves the Sword Masters with a single minded plan of terror through decapitations. Barely has the task begun when a new arrival at JFK is a man importing thousands of swords! Alexander Suten-Mdjai is a trainer in the deadly art of s
Grave Is The Day
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Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 68,310. Language: English. Published: October 13, 2012. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Military
In October of 1957, more than Sputnik fell to Earth... Set against the back drop of the Space Race and the Cold War, both the United States and the Soviet Union have a new issue to deal with, aliens from outer space.
The Brotherhood Of Piaxia
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Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 104,400. Language: English. Published: March 15, 2012. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
Years have passed since the overthrow of the monarchy by the Brotherhood of Warlocks and they rule Piaxia in peaceful accord. But now forces are at work to disrupt this rule from outside the Brotherhood as well as within! Follow Tarlok, Savan and Tessia as their paths intertwine, with the Brotherhood in pursuit and the powerful merchant’s guild manipulating the populace for their own end.