Interview with Michael C. Madden

Who are your favorite authors?
J. R. R. Tolkien, Raymond E. Feist, David Eddings, George R. R. Martin, Jim Butcher... so many more. King and Koontz go alright too.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I read the Hobbit when I was very young, but didn't really get it until I read it again years later. Because I was too young at the time it didn't really stick in my mind like another book I read when I was 9. Adventures With My Worst Best Friend, by Max Dann. I loved that book. The sense of adventure and danger really took me away, as well as the idea that people, no matter how nasty they might seem, can turn out to be quite different than you once thought if you have the opportunity to get to know them.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I wrote a story in grade one about a boy who found a space ship at his school during lunch time. He took the ship and had an adventure in space, all while eating his lunch. A salad and chicken roll. The teacher was so impressed I had to get up in front of the whole school and read it out. Funny because The Quicksilver, my first novel, was kind of simular. Minus the chicken roll.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up on a dairy farm in country Victoria. The farm had a massive impact on my writing because it afforded me time and space to myself. I love isolation, always have, which is kind of a must for writers. It can be a very lonely business. Growing up on the farm, even though I had three brothers and very loving parents, gave me the opportunity to slip away at times to be by myself. I loved just walking in the sun through paddocks of whispering grass, climbing trees and sitting on banks of dams and streams, while my imagination roamed free. I loved my childhood.
When did you first start writing?
I can't remember. I just know I have always done it. Even when I was very young I remember the crazy sense of excitement I used to feel every time I saw a blank sheet of paper. I still get that feeling today, even though I don't handwrite anything anymore. It's a powerful sensation. I've often wondered if other writers have the same experience.
What are you working on next?
I am returning to my first series of novels to write, Wynter's Storm, the third and final book in the Quicksilver Chronicles. It will be my seventh book and to be honest I am very nervous about it. I have written four books since I finished The Silence of Triton, the second book in that series, so I have been separated from it for a long time. I'm extremely keen to get started because I really miss Wynter Barnes and all of the other characters in the series.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My wife, my family and my work. Both writing and my business mounting military medals for returned service people.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Dragons and Trains: Volume III of, The Bellegion Rift Series.
Samuel Austin Martin, a struggling author from Melbourne Australia, is on a trip to New York to promote his new book when Earth is invaded by an aggressive, supernatural world. With all modern technology rendered totally useless, Sam must fight demons, monsters, dragons and massive, medieval armies to get home. He has a simple but almost impossible plan. Get out of New York, cross the USA, find a way home without getting caught up in the war.
Volume III, which I have just finished and will release soon, sees Sam battling for his life against a terrifying series of extremely violent events. Sam really has a tuff time in this book and in the end learns even more about the nature of the invasion.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Escapism, isolation, the expression of voice. Also, I love the creative process, seeing the work change from ideas to plans to first draft and on. It's great fun but an awful amount of work.
What do your fans mean to you?
Everything. They excite and terrify me, inspire and guide me.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Running my business, Berwick Military Medals. I mount war medals for returned service people and their families and make replica medal sets and frames. In this capacity I get the opportunity to meet hundreds of wonderful people, including some fascinating war veterans. For me it is one of those jobs you love so much, you'd do it for free. Just like writing I guess. I'm a lucky man.
Published 2013-10-17.
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Books by This Author

The Silence of Triton: Book Two of The Quicksilver Chronicles
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 97,490. Language: English. Published: November 19, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy
Fighting to balance life, relationships, school and his role as Commander of the Quicksilver, Wynter Barnes sinks deeper into a terrifying world of ruthless aliens and evil terrorists. With two of his crew mates abducted by the brutal alien race called, the Blighters, Wynter faces the greatest fight of his life.
The Quicksilver: Book One of The Quicksilver Chronicles
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 85,830. Language: English. Published: November 19, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy
While on school camp, fifteen year old Wynter Barnes and five other students discover a strange silver shuttle secreted in the Australian bush. The discovery leads them to a powerful star-ship called The Quicksilver. The kids are plunged into an interstellar war where the very survival of Earth lays solely in their hands. Against all odds, Wynter must hold the teens together to save Earth.
Broken Falls
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 113,030. Language: English. Published: December 27, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
In the Victorian town of Broken Falls, a homeless, decorated Vietnam Veteran, a young boy obsessed with the end of the world, two killers intent on wreaking havoc on priests within the Catholic Church and a couple of young cops determined to stop the killings, all come together to learn that sometimes, Broken Falls hurt the most.
Dragons and Trains: Volume III of, The Bellegion Rift Series
Series: The Bellegion Rift Series, Book 3. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 31,440. Language: English. Published: December 20, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
Sam, a struggling author from Melbourne, is on a trip to New York to promote his new book when Earth is invaded by an agressive, supernatural world. With all modern technology rendered useless, Sam must fight demons, monsters, dragons and massive, medieval armies to get home. His impossible plan: get out of New York, cross the USA, find a way home without getting caught up in the ever growing war.
The Grandfather Effect
Price: Free! Words: 2,310. Language: English. Published: October 20, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
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An inventor discovers going back in time to do good deeds is not as easy as it seams.
The Tide is Turning
Price: Free! Words: 2,300. Language: English. Published: October 17, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Military biography
Winner of the 2007, DVA short story competition. A true and touching story about Michael C. Madden and his Father, John Madden.
Son of a TPI Veteran
Price: Free! Words: 3,450. Language: English. Published: October 17, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Autobiographies & Memoirs
An incite into life growing up as a son of a PTSD suffering, Vietnam Veteran.
The Value of Their Deaths
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 3,290. Language: English. Published: October 17, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Australia & New Zealand
A moving tribute to all those who served in the Great War, by award winning writer, Michael C. Madden. With their passing goes not our remembrance. (All author profits from the sale of this book are donated to the Victorian TPI Association)
Fleeing the Rift: Volume II of, The Bellegion Rift Series
Series: The Bellegion Rift Series, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 28,080. Language: English. Published: September 30, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
Sam, a struggling author from Melbourne, is on a trip to New York to promote his new book when Earth is invaded by an agressive, supernatural world. With all modern technology rendered useless, Sam must fight demons, monsters, dragons and massive, medieval armies to get home. His impossible plan: get out of New York, cross the USA, find a way home without getting caught up in the ever growing war
Manhattan Dying: Volume I of, The Bellegion Rift Series
Series: The Bellegion Rift Series, Book 1. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 28,260. Language: Australian English. Published: September 29, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
Sam, a struggling author from Melbourne, is on a trip to New York to promote his new book when Earth is invaded by an agressive, supernatural world. With all modern technology rendered useless, Sam must fight demons, monsters, dragons and massive, medieval armies to get home. His impossible plan: get out of New York, cross the USA, find a way home without getting caught up in the ever growing war.