Interview with Michael Seidel

Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes, I began writing a novel called Tapestry of Time. I'll finish it yet.
What is your writing process?
Writing is continual, organic and cerebral. The first stage is writing like crazy, capturing the output in a 90 minute mocha and espresso fueled intense firestorm of ideas and words. Then I edit and revise for pacing, accuracy, tense and grammar, and polish, over and over and over again, until I finally say, there. Done. I do this every day.
How do you approach cover design?
I look at other books in the same genre, read of others' efforts and think of how I see the book and its elements. If that doesn't work, I ask my wife.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Catch 22 - love the color and circular logic employed.
Chronicles of Amber - the series. I was young when I read it, and it influences a lot of my ideas about reality and existence.
Stranger in a Strange Land - a big, bold book.
Catcher in the Rye - because, coming from a relatively sane, middle class, normal household, the book opened my eyes.
A Wrinkle in Time - like Chronicles of Amber, it introduced me to new ideas of thinking and exploring existence.
What do you read for pleasure?
Just about everything. I look for books by Tana French, Kate Atkinson, Michael Chabon, Stephen Baxter, CJ Sansom, Jonathan Lethem, George R.R. Martin, Larry McMurtry, Michael Lewis, Jon Krakauer, Erik Larson, Caleb Carr, John Scalzi, Patrick Rothfuss, Lisa Lutz, Jonathan Franzen, Sarah Vowell, David Sedaris, Louise Penny, Marge Piercy, Ursula K. LeGuin, and the fabulous and amazing Louise Erdrich.
Describe your desk
Small white hills of papers, printouts, and bills hem in a brown wood expanse just large enough for my laptop and mouse. A cat typically sleeps to the laptop's left, while another slumbers behind it. To the right are the blinking, waiting, masters of technology - all in one printer and scanner, router, modem, telephone, Ooma.
When did you first start writing?
I was late to writing, not beginning until after my first tour of military service, about 23 years old. It took a long time to become disciplined and focused.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Hard to explain that because there are literally a dozen books in progress. While I'm publishing my first novel, Returnee, I'm readying a cozy, Life Lessons with Savanna, and several other science fiction novels, Everything Unknown, Peerless, Spider City, Everything in Black and White, and Fix Everything.

I will note that Returnee actually began as I walked one day, thinking about living in wreckage that was not part of a post apocalyptic world and yet was a place where the survivor was isolated. That led to questions, how and why was he isolated? I was working for IBM then, so the corporate aspect of the novel evolved from my experiences dealing with the corporate structure and language.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
My god, the traditional publishing process has become such a narrow and frustrating path. I didn't want to get wrapped up in the business of writing for anyone but myself. I always write for me as the reader, then hope that others will enjoy it as much as me.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Writing is just beautiful, from opening my mind and letting characters come in and take over, to flipping ideas over to challenge, what if and expand my thinking. When it all comes right, which it sometimes does, I want to jump up and celebrate like I've scored the Superbowl winning touchdown.
Published 2016-02-24.
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Books by This Author

Returnee
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 137,860. Language: English. Published: February 26, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Science fiction » Utopias & dystopias
Today’s date minus yesterday’s memories of Nobel’s rainbow skies equals ‘what happened to me’ for Kimi. Brett has the same memory problem – the last he knew, the Castle Hercules broke up in space,and he was jumping into an evacuation pod. Seventeen years later, he’s on Earth, the last place a corporate fourth waver needs to be, without his memory, and growing old. And Kimi has the solution.