Interview with Micahel McAfee

What's the story behind your latest book?
A Backed Up John is a farce. It is really just a fun read based on a rather strange events in real life that lead to the creation of the story. John, as I call it, is about a character who can do anything, but doesn't know he can. It's a lesson in innocence and trust, when all things about you are not what they seem.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Motivation - that's an odd word to use. I think drive or passion is a better work. I've always loved telling stories and being creative. Stories and ideas about stories always pop up in my head that I want to get down on paper. It's the need to create.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords has provided the resources I needed to get the manuscript in the proper formats for the markets
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The creating and going along for the ride with the characters I create. Sometimes, I get surprised by what my mind comes up with.
What do your fans mean to you?
Fans are the bread and butter of authors. What I really appreciate most are people who like what I do, it's a great honor to know that something I wrote is affecting or effecting their lives.
What are you working on next?
I have a couple of projects in mind. A fantasy story set in Atlantis with some major twists to the theme. A modern day story of psychic people who are on a mission to stop a great evil from taking over the world. I also have a vampire story that needs to be completed.
Who are your favorite authors?
Robert Jordan, Terry Brookes, Julian May, David Eddings, Douglas Adams
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The desire to create
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I actually do artwork also. I'm a digital artist.
In real life, I am a highly skilled computer nerd, who deals mindless problems everyday.
Any questions why I need to create? And, no I don't do online games much.
I've always preferred live rpgs.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
The ebooks I read are based off my favorite authors and recommendation from friends. I belong to Goodreads, and there are wonderful people there who will guide you to some very entertaining books.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Actually, the first story I every wrote was based off "Blazing Saddles" when I was in Elementary School. I've always had an active imagination.
What is your writing process?
There is no process really. If I get an idea, I write a really rough outline of the story. It is really bullet points and sign posts to keep me on track. If there are specific events I know I need to discuss, I include them in the outline to keep me on the path. Beyond that, a super structured outline hinders my creativity.
Published 2014-12-26.
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