Interview with Michael Turnbull

What do you read for pleasure?
The Newspaper, psychology books, historical accounts, Sports Illustrated, Coaching and Sports Psychology Books.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I don't have one.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Word of mouth and my children and current and ex-players and students promoting for me.
Describe your desk
Messy on my best days.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up the son of a career Navy man. We lived in Philadelphia, PA, upstate New York, Alameda, CA & Browns Mills, NJ. My Dad retired from the Navy when I was 16 and we moved to Ely, MN. I have lived in Minnesota ever since. Lake Park, Wadena, Norwood-Young America and Hibbing. My writing is definitely influenced by moving around the country when I was young and the humor is definitely midwestern.
When did you first start writing?
I'll say officially in 2011.
What's the story behind your latest book?
The book I am currently working on is called More Random Thoughts of a Stupid Man [A little older, but none the wiser.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Just wanted to record some thoughts to share with my family and friends and it has grown from there.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Yet to be seen, this is my first experience operating with Smashwords directly.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Sharing my thoughts for whatever they are worth. I hope people who read them are touched on many levels.
What do your fans mean to you?
I didn't know I had fans!
Who are your favorite authors?
Ed Nordskog and Dr. Suess
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My family and my job. Also because I have to get up and stretch, I have Rheumatoid Arthritis. Any day that isn't enough, it is usually time to go to the bathroom or I have to shovel before I go to work.
What are you working on next?
Two projects: More Random Thoughts of a Stupid Man & A Guide to Junior High.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Coaching and teaching or time with my wife.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I have never read an e-book.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I wrote a story about my sister Terri.
What is your writing process?
Think it out, take a lot of notes and type when the time is available.
Published 2014-02-20.
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Books by This Author

I Still Own a Flip Phone
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 21,510. Language: English. Published: April 28, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Engineering, trades, and technology » Telecommunications, Nonfiction » Entertainment » Humor and satire
"I Still Own A Flip Phone" is the documentation of a year long experiment regarding my ownership and use of a flip phone. The point of the experiment was to see if I should give serious consideration to grading up to a smart phone.
Still a Stupid Man
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 26,510. Language: English. Published: May 25, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Relationships and Family » Marriage, Nonfiction » Entertainment » Humor and satire
This is my third and maybe last "Random Thoughts of a Stupid Man" book, so I guess that means I have written a trilogy. Once again please enjoy the read as I attempt to include you in my life's journey. If you like this one please go back and check out the other two.
A Guide to Middle School and Beyond
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 11,740. Language: English. Published: May 6, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Career Guides » Education, Nonfiction » Children's Books » Social Issues / Adolescence
Throughout my 35 years as a teacher and coach, I have always wanted to write a book about this time in the lives of young people. This book is not a success guide, merely a guide with thoughts and ideas that I hope you will mull over and give consideration to. If you find anything that helps you along your path, that's great! It is up to you: SAVE or DELETE?
More Random Thoughts of a Stupid Man
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 40,520. Language: English. Published: May 22, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Sports & outdoor recreation » Basketball, Nonfiction » Relationships and Family » Family relationships
I guess that is what More Random Thoughts of a Stupid Man is: a sharing of my life and the thoughts that enter my somewhat-demented mind on occasion. I’ll admit, writing those thoughts has become more therapeutic than artful and brings me a deep feeling of comfort.
Random Thoughts of a Stupid Man
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 59,300. Language: English. Published: February 14, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Sports & outdoor recreation » Volleyball, Nonfiction » Relationships and Family » Family relationships
This is my first attempt at writing a book. I have always been told I tell a pretty good story so I thought I would try to put it to print. I’ve been told I sometimes master making a short story long and I would like to think I can on occasion make a long story short.