Interview with Michael Linen

When did you know that you could write?
When I was 10 years old in the fifth grade. I knew that I had something that was a little different. When my english teacher would go over the essays the class wrote, sometimes she would have this very intense look on her face as she read one of the essays. I would just smile to myself, because I knew that it had to be mine. And each and every time, it would be.
What inspired you to write?
Thru all of my schooling, all of my english teachers would tell me that I should consider a career in writing. They all thought that I had a unique way of touching many feelings and emotions thru my writing. Of course I tried to pursue everything but writing. Unfortunately, it took going thru a bout with cancer, and having all of my friends at that time turn their backs on me during that very difficult period, did I need a outlet to channel the frustration, anger, and disappointment that I felt. For me, it has always been thru what I know best. Writing!!! I wish that I could say that it was a special woman in my life, or my kids that inspired me, but I can't. It was all of those who turned their backs on me when I needed them the most that inspires me. There's just a passion and a fire that burns inside of me to succeed, and to say to them that, they all could have been a part of this. Hopefully, one day it will be a special woman or my kids, who I can say inspires me the most. But for now... It is what it is!!!
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Being put thru the wringer by so many literary agents. I went to almost every literary agency in New York City, big and small, established and new. As well as agencies in Virginia, Baltimore, Washington, Atlanta, Miami, Los Angeles, San Diego, and San Francisco, only to be rejected by everyone. Many telling me that my manuscripts weren't good, and that they would not sell. I had some telling me over and over to change the characters, the racial make--up, the theme, and the genre of my story, only to reject it anyway. I just got sick and tired of being rejected rudely, and changing the plot and story line of my book so many times for these agencies, that it didn't even resemble the book that I wrote anymore. So I decided to become a indie author, to tell the story in my words, my voice, my way, and to have it resemble the story that I actually wrote. That is the most important thing to a writer. To have the freedom to allow our minds to create without someone censoring what we write. So many literary agencies seem to be out of touch with what readers really want to read. The thought of putting my career as a author in the hands of someone who is going to judge my work based upon the first five to ten pages of my manuscript was very scary to me.
How would you describe yourself in a few sentences?
I'm a pretty cool person to know. Always calm, cool, collected, and love to have fun. I absolutely love affection!!! Yes, I said it!!! I love affection!!! :) I value my privacy, but I'm a people's person. I love meeting people of all different colors, races, ethnicities, cultures, nationalities, and religions, from different walks of life. I'm a person who knows what I want, and won't settle for less. When it comes to relationships, friendships, or business relations, T. L. R. is very important to me. If there is no TRUST, LOYALTY, and RESPECT... Then we have absolutely nothing to talk about.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your spare time?
I love listening to music. While I like different kinds of music... I'm a absolute R & B junkie!!! I can listen to meanningful love songs 24/7. I'm also a big movie buff. I love watching movies. My absolute favorites are "Bonnie & Clyde" with Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway, "Jason's Lyric" with Jada Pinkett Smith and Allen Payne, and "The Defender" with Jet Li and Christy Chung. Love the movies where the woman has her man's back, and he has hers.
What inspired you to write the "IN LOVE WITH AN ASSASSIN" urban mini-series?
I have always loved the male/female partners in life and partners in crime, so to speak stories. "The Bonnie & Clyde" and "Jason's Lyric" types of stories. Stories where a woman has her man's back and is down for him one hundred percent, and he has her back and is down for her one hundred percent. Although there are many twists and turns in the relationship, this story goes where I want it to go, and I think readers will find it very interesting.
What is the story behind "Jasmine's Fight", and why did you write it?
Well first, there was definitely a lot of blood, sweat, and tears put into this one. Some creative and deep thinking, along with some thinking outside of the box. I myself can relate to some of the hurt and pain that Jasmine goes thru, because I, unfortunately have gone thru some of that same hurt and pain myself. In this compelling, urban love story Michael Jacobs meets Jasmine Summers, a beautiful, deep soul, accomplished dancer. The two immediately connect on a level that no one else would, or could understand. Michael quickly falls for Jazz, but is devastated by a secret that's she's been keeping. Although emotionally and mentally hurt, Jasmine's secret gives him one of the best gift that a woman can give a man. Her love!!!
What is the story behind your book "Her Silent Screams: A Father's Betrayal"?
The is a love story about a young man who meets, and falls in love with a young woman. Who he later learns that she has been living with a deep, dark secret for over fourteen years. Although the characters and this story is fiction, we all know too well that the subject matter is all too real. The story points out that society should not be so naive to think that a victim of molestation can only be a female, and that the molester himself can only be a male. A victim of molestation can be a female or male. A molester can be a man, or a woman. It can be a father, or a mother. It can sometimes be a brother, or a sister. It can be a uncle, or a aunt. It can be a family member, a friend, or a stranger. Reality is that a molester can come in many different forms, and wear many different faces. And whether people want to admit to it or not, molestation can occur in any race, any culture, any ethnicity, any nationality, and any religion. While the story itself is fiction, we all know molestation isn't.
Published 2015-10-02.
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Books by This Author

In Love With An Assassin 2: A Good Girl Gone Bad
Series: IN LOVE WITH AN ASSASSIN. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 78,370. Language: English. Published: February 13, 2016. Categories: Fiction » African American fiction » Urban life, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
In this urban action-thriller a ruthless assassin name Da'Quan "Blaze" Jackson's girlfriend Latasha Grant murders her father. Not only has Quan stood by her side, but he also helped her cover up the murder. But he begins to worry, because once a beautiful, sweet, innocent, precious angel, Latasha has become cold and devious, and no longer seems to have a heart or a conscious. She becomes him!
In Love With An Assassin 1: An Innocence Taken
Series: IN LOVE WITH AN ASSASSIN. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 87,570. Language: English. Published: October 2, 2015. Categories: Fiction » African American fiction » Urban life, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
At the age of 17 years old, one evening Da'Quan Jackson returns home to find that his parents have been murdered. He vows to kill those who are responsible. Still filled with anger and rage, now at the age of 31 years old he has become a coldhearted and coldblooded assassin without a conscious. That's until he meets Latasha, who has an affect on him that could become detrimental to an assassin.
Jasmine's Fight
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 68,980. Language: English. Published: April 1, 2015. Categories: Fiction » African American fiction » Urban life, Fiction » Inspirational
In this compelling, urban love story Michael meets Jasmine, a beautiful, accomplished dancer. While most communicate with each other verbally, Michael and Jasmine develop a unique way of communicating with each other thru dancing. Michael falls deeply in love with Jasmine. But after a very scary episode one evening, Jasmine has no choice but to reveal the secret that she's been hiding from him.
Her Silent Screams: A Father's Betrayal
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 83,130. Language: English. Published: April 25, 2014. Categories: Fiction » African American fiction » Urban life, Fiction » Romance » Suspense
In this urban love story a 23 years old young man name Steven Jackson meets and takes interest in a 22 years old young woman name Tamika Johnson. But when he looks into her eyes he senses a lot of hurt, pain, sadness, and even fear. He begins to suspect that there is something very wrong in her life. He is stunned when he learns of the deep, dark secret that she has been keeping for 14 years.