Interview with Michael HH Warren

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Pretoria, in Apartheid South Africa. Without doubt, this has had a major influence on some of my writings.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
If I can recall so far back, the first two real books of substance that I tackled were Jules Verne’s “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea” (given to me by my step-grandmother) and Robert Louis Stevenson’s “Treasure Island” (given to me by my parents) when I was barely a teenager – both of these epic classics unlocked my imagination like the proverbial Pandora’s Box.
When did you first start writing?
I have always written bits and pieces, here and there, but not enough to muster into anything resembling a manuscript. My first serious foray into writing started in the winter of 2009, as I began to pen what would become my 2012 self-published memoir: “In The Name Of God: Defending Apartheid”.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I wrote “In The Name Of God: Defending Apartheid” for cathartic reasons. It was an earnest attempt on my part to make sense of the South Africa of the past and the South Africa of the present. In many ways, that time defined who I am today. My time in the army taught me to be resilient, persistent and to believe in my own abilities. It also taught me empathy. I hope this account will strike a chord with men and women, young and old, everywhere, but especially among the ex-servicemen whose own stories of that time remain untold and the women who are now their partners. In writing my memoir, I was launched into a real love for writing, tackling both fiction and non-fiction.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The joy of writing is an escape from the present reality into different ‘realities’, whether writing about fantasy or the truth of the written Word.
What is your writing process?
Muddled! Okay, to be specific, I write a bit here and a bit there, as I am motivated to do so, rather inconsistently (and a little bit embarrassing to admit). I have so many different ideas flowing through my mind at any one time, that I am driven to have between 8-10 draft manuscripts on the go, all at once! Main thing though – just write, and write and write, and then all shall become clear …
How do you approach cover design?
I conceptualize what the intent and focus of each book is and then derive a strong idea and image in my mind of what the cover should look like. At other times I solicit ideas from people around me and even from my various editors. I then hand the ‘idea’ over to a graphic designer who knows what they’re doing (unlike me) and can more-or-less interpret what I want.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I bug my wife and children … I also like gardening, feeding wild birds, watching particular classic car shows and certain very specific reality shows on TV (hint: finding gold). I used to jog a lot and was in the gym 3-5 days a week, but now I sporadically take the dogs on a fast-paced 3 mile (5km) walk in the neighborhood.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The thought of writing something new … formulating an interesting sub-plot … the need to feed my family … (writing is a hobby at present).
What do you read for pleasure?
Interestingly, I am admittedly bit of a plebeian when it comes to reading books – I am more of a world affairs reader and watcher (TV and touchscreen), scanning world politics, various sciences and technologies, and strangely enough, reading up about different religions. I do have a penchant for scripture and the written Word, as this, to me, is the basis of our existence and gives meaning to life.
Published 2016-10-20.
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Books by This Author

The Four Legends
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 36,860. Language: English. Published: April 18, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy
The Four Legends is a fast-paced futuristic novel set in 2095 that explores what it means to be part of the human race. The story follows the Four Legends on their Quests, as they face unknown dangers and challenges that test their ability to hold together as a group, as they retrieve various treasures in order to prepare them for The Calling. They are the Hope of the Future.
Kevin and the Space Travelers: Dark Galaxy
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 33,720. Language: English. Published: February 19, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy
Kevin Gofod-Teithwyr has just bought himself a new mobile phone. But the Cosmos Galactica is no ordinary piece of technology―it has untold powers that evil forces from the Dark Galaxy are after. Before they know it, Kevin and his friends are uprooted from their comfortable suburban lifestyles and catapulted into a quest to save humanity and all life in the universe from The Dark Master.
Money to Burn
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 43,230. Language: American English. Published: December 29, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Mystery & Detective, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Thriller & Suspense
US billionaire Charleston Kingsley recently wed the young former Miss South Africa beauty queen Perusha Naicker and they plan to live happily after... or so they think. When $500 million is moved out of Kingsley’s bank account, twice in short succession, everyone is under suspicion including his new wife.
Rebel Heart
Price: Free! Words: 39,000. Language: English. Published: December 11, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Mystery & Detective, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Adventure
Lies, power, corruption and greed surround the small town of Cherry Creek. When her uncle, the Mayor, is implicated in a massive scandal, 16-year-old Audrey Birkeland takes matters into her own hands, determined to prove his innocence. Will Audrey's rebellious nature lead to the answers she seeks or lead them all deeper into danger?
In The Name Of God: Defending Apartheid
Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 171,290. Language: English. Published: December 11, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Personal memoir, Nonfiction » Biography » Military biography
A frank and outspoken coming-of-age memoir, In The Name Of God is the author's exploration of the role he played in defending Apartheid. As the reluctant disciple of an unholy cause, he negotiates his way through Infantry School and beyond, wrestling with life and love along the way. Please note: This book does not sanction Apartheid ― read it and see for yourself!
Planet Z (Planet Z Book 1)
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 35,920. Language: English. Published: November 28, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Paranormal, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
Carlos and Jill have just lost their mother in a tragic accident. On the brink of insanity, it appears that their father has discovered a way to bring his beloved wife back from the dead, but through unanticipated changes in events, they instead find themselves transported to a mysterious planet inhabited wholly by the dead―a midway point for those waiting to pass on to the next stage.
Go Ahead, Rock the Boat!: Conversations with Generation Z
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 34,880. Language: English. Published: October 26, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Social Issues, Fiction » Educational
Insightful conversations that spell out Generation Z's take on important issues affecting humanity today. Five teenage friends find themselves at odds with their families, culture and social standing. Together they travel to Israel to embark on a working holiday at a Kibbutz. Their search is for new ways to learn from today to better prepare for the future.
War on Innocence
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 37,940. Language: American English. Published: September 27, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Social Issues, Fiction » Mystery & detective » International crime
Nigerian crime mastermind Stephen Yobo and his notorious 9-Gang are kidnapping high profile teenage girls through social media. Yobo is the master of disguise and knows more about bombs and bank robberies than most. It’s left to Detective AJ, with a little help from a few brave Gen Z teens that he meets along the way, to differentiate between the good and the bad guys and save the day.