Interview with Michael Frey

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in a small town in Ohio. So small, in fact that we pretty much had to drive to another town to do anything interesting. Being mobile was essential, but all roads went and came back to the local diners, especially the 24- hour ones. It was where your night began or ended before going home to sleep. The comings-and-goings of the local 24 hour diner provided me with much needed inspiration or relief from frustration.
I've always said that if I ever get rich, I'd build a 24-hour diner in my hometown just so I would have a second home.
When did you first start writing?
I can't honestly say when I first started writing. It's something I've always just done. I have always kept notebooks and pens around to write down whatever thoughts strike my fancy. I have about 30 novels that are about 1/3 complete and I always hit a brick wall. Writer's block is my worst enemy, but I'm learning to work around it. If I get stuck on one project, I will switch gears and pick up where I left off on another project or start something new. Some day I hope to finish all of those novels, but for now I have offered the public my first anthology.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Open 24 Hours was originally hand-written in, of course, a 24-hour diner that I used to frequent back in 2003. It started as a little game I used to play. I would sit and watch perfect strangers, making up my own dialogue, people's motives as to why they seemed to do what they did. As I watched, I became inspired and decided to write everything down. I would take what I saw before into great length and depth beyond what was seen and heard.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I have a very raw, visceral writing style. To be quite honest, I'm not sure a mainstream publisher would touch half of my work due to its volatile nature. Indie publishing seemed to be the smartest route to put myself out there.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The greatest joy of writing is twofold. One is the joy of creating something that can only come from you. The other is the reaction from a reader, especially to have your work quoted by a complete stranger.
What are you working on next?
One of my next projects is a novel based on The Collector, from Open 24 Hours: The Anthology. He has had the most fan feedback. The fans want more, so I will give it to them.
Who are your favorite authors?
I'm an avid Anne Rice reader. I follow Jim Butcher's Dresden Files as often as I can get them. It's hard to top Tolkien for fantasy, but Weiss & Hickman come pretty close. Huge R.A. Salvatore fan as well. And when I want to mix it up, I toss in some Douglas Adams.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
New challenges. Every day I write and every day my writings grow. I don't set deadlines on myself except a 1200 word count each day. You'd be surprised how quickly they add up into works of substance!
What is your writing process?
I start my writing day by sitting at the monitor and rereading the current project from start to present. I will check for any typos, grammar errors and plot inconsistencies. If I find anything, I will add what is needed and move towards the present continuing the process. If, at last, I reach where I left off I will start writing new material.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I'm a huge Edgar Allen Poe fan. In fact, his complete works was the first real book given to me. The Raven especially changed my life. It was the first time that a book scared and thrilled me. I vowed some day that I would do the same for my readers.
Published 2014-05-12.
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Books by This Author

Open 24 Hours: The Anthology
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 36,830. Language: English. Published: May 7, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author, Fiction » Plays & Screenplays » American
Long before Reality TV there was and still is the 24-hour diner. Follow the lives, perspectives, views and lives of the people in a typical 24-hour diner in all of their weird, dysfunctional wonder. 100% of proceeds will be donated to local Ohio food banks.