Interview with Michael R Jewell

What's the story behind your latest book?
The book Deal Death is actually based on the poem Deal Death I wrote first as a song which led to the book. All the characters where real people in my life while living Texas inspiring me in different ways. Of course I changed there real names. Being a cowboy at heart I placed them in a historically acrurate western setting of 1852 adding my brand of fiction and fantasy based on some facts.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I had submitted my work to several publishers, but like many authors, rejection is a way of life. I had at this point had several letters published in the Dallas Morning News, Lancaster News, Bonita Springs News and sold one article to Bowling Magazine. While living in Chelsea, Michigan I was listening to Public Radio. Mark Coker the founder of Smaswords was giving an interview. I was impressed with what he had to say and here I am.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
There are many phases of success an author enjoys when writing a book. When you finish writing a book, after sometimes years of work, is one phase of success and accomplishment. To get one person to read and enjoy your book is another phase of success. To get another person to buy and enjoy your book and have that person feel they got their moneys worth while gaining some life lesson or some inspiration from your work. Well, then I accomplished what I set out to do. I considered that success. The reader determines the rest of the success. Smashwords has made it possible for me and many authors to accomplish all of the above.
What is your writing process?
My writing process is totally by inspiration. I follow no outline. Life is an adventure. I approach my writing as an adventure. I like to stay as surprised as the reader. I really don't know where the story is going until it lands on the pages of the book, except for some of the research I may have done. All the poems in a Lady Shines Through started out as songs. But all the words did not have a tune so they became poems. I try to write something everyday even if it is just one word. Athough working a full time job does not always allow me that luxury.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
I like any book that inspires me. A book that can make you feel something is worth its weight in gold. I couldn't say I have a favorite book. I have gained lessons in life from everything I have read whether it be good or bad.
What do you read for pleasure?
I like reading biographies. I'm intrigued by peoples climb to success and greatness. How they overcame the struggles to deal with life, success and failure. I like reading History books. How mankind got to the place where he is now and where he possibly may be headed. Right now I'm doing research for my next two books. Reading everything I can about San Juan Puerto Rico and the depression era that will be settings for two different books in the works. I also find science books about our planet and outer space interesting.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Temperance, Michigan. The last thing I ever considered at that time was becoming a writer. I was a terrible English student. In fact I can't believe I actually passed. I didn't take writing seriously until I moved to Lancaster, Texas when I was 38 years old. That is when I became interested in writing songs. Everything else just evolved from there. Now that I have been writing for several years I wish would have paid more attention in English class. Grammer isn't my strongest part of writing. I have to work at it.
What do your fans mean to you?
If I had but one fan. They would be important to me and be my reason to inspire as I have been inspired.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I have a Kindle when I'm not using my computer.
What are you working on next?
I'm writing a sequel to continue the adventures of Lance Suade in the untamed west and compiling a collection of short stories I have written over the years. I also continue to write songs when inspired. Thank you for reading this interview and I hope you enjoy reading my writing as much I enjoy creating it.
Published 2017-04-04.
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Books by This Author

To My Daughters
Price: $0.99 USD. (Free!) Words: 2,120. Language: English. Published: June 17, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry
I have two beautiful daughters, my greatest accomplishments in life and much of the inspiration for my writing. Over the years they taught me many life lessons with their unconditional love and their innocent childhood honesty. These are 10 poems to them as I watched them grow. Please view associate video below.
The Outlaw Poems
Price: Free! Words: 1,610. Language: English. Published: June 3, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Epic
The Outlaw Poems are just that. They are about life and a life of crime that never ends good, either for the victim or the perpetrator. Seven poems inspired by real events, oberservations and imagination. Please view the video below Title: Blacktop Blade included the Outlaw Poems
A Lady Shines Through
Price: $1.99 $1.49 USD. (25% off!) Words: 8,120. Language: English. Published: May 12, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Epic
(4.00)
Dark is the day where there is no sun Cold is the ground where the rain falls Noisy is the mountain where the thunder rolls Empty is a mans’ heart without love Please view video below.
Deal Death
Price: $2.99 $1.50 USD. (50% off!) Words: 52,900. Language: English. Published: March 17, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Western, Fiction » Romance » Western
(5.00)
Men, women, romance, politics and one man trying to come to grips with life in the untamed west amidst the turmoil in the United States. The year is 1852. Deep in the heart of Texas, Lance Suade rides into the Texas town of Lancaster. Join Lance Suade on his journey through the west. His loves and challenges. ( Newly Revised )