Interview with Michiel Grimm

What's the story behind your latest book?
I started Into Darkness when I was seventeen years old. Back then, it was nothing more than an Essay. My teacher wanted to know how the story would end? I guess I, myself also needed to find out. Into Darkness is complicated, there's so much to tell. So I guess it'll probably end up a three or maybe a four part series.
What motivated you to become an author?
Writing's in my blood. My gran was a writer, my mother's a writer, only she prefers to write about facts. I however, use facts to write fiction. I've been writing since I was seven years old. I guess it haunted me in the back of my mind to at least publish something.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords help a lot, not just me, but a lot of my fellow writers as well. I guess in a way Smashwords is like our home away from home...
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Being able to write whatever you feel like writing at any given moment. Authors are artists, it is like going to an art exhibit, you'll find, abstract art, self-portraits, landscapes etc... But there will only be one that stands out the most to you. And another will probably like something else. Isn't it good to have so many different writers? Imagine if we all were to write about the same thing. How boring and dull the world would've been.
What do your fans mean to you?
Fans are everything, I always say writing for yourself is selfish. Write for the people, but write something you'll enjoy doing. Without the fans, authors won't be authors.
What are you working on next?
The Curse of Christopher Cage. This one's for all the Vampire/Werewolf/Ghost lovers. Almost done. It's epic.
Who are your favorite authors?
There are so many....Where do I begin, Stephen King, Mark Lawrence, Oliver Bowden...There's too many, I'll add Amanda Hocking as well. I've never read her work, but I like her as a person. She's such a down to earth. That says a lot.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Being alive in a new day. Anything could've happened during my slumber, yet here I still am. I've taken life for granted so many times. But now, I try my best not to. Make each day count.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Working out, exploring throughout nature, playing play station, watching horrors, cracking jokes, and spending time with my friends.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Mostly through smashwords. I haven't read many ebooks to be honest. But I've read some of the best, my favorite ebooks are the Metro Series, written by Dmitry Glukhovsky. That dude's a genius.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yeah, I was seven years old and it was titled The Mad Adventures of Ian the Dwarf. I wrote plenty of those. Kind of makes me smile, if you think how innocent we begin.
What is your writing process?
Write when I feel like it. I never write when I feel forced to do so. Maybe back in the day when I was still in school. I hated it. Listening to lots of different variations of music to get my scenes going. I drink a lot of coffee, and once I get going there's no stopping me. I literately woke up one afternoon with my face on the keyboard, it took a while for the imprints of the keys on the side of my face to subside. That was a good night.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Does the story of Adam and Eve count? My first Novel...?...hmm...I believe it to be Treasure Island, great book written by a dead dude.
How do you approach cover design?
I love art, I love drawing and creating. I've always done my own cover art. Such as Into Darkness' cover, but only for the special edition. I wanted to add a 100 percent Me. But the Edited version. Will come out in Oct, with a really awesome cover. I already approved it yesterday. And it looks Excellent.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
World War Z, By Max Brooks, Also I love the Zombie Survival Guide, Also by Max Brooks. I love zombies and post apocalyptic novels. Definately Metro Last LIGHT by Dmitry Glukhovsky. And The Prince of thorns by Mark Lawrence and Assassin's Creed by Oliver Bowden. Because they are AWESOME
What do you read for pleasure?
Graphic novels...
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I have them all...Makes life simpler.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Word of mouth. Talking to bloggers. And writing something worth reading.
Describe your desk
Utter Chaos...I love chaos...it makes my mind feel at ease and it reminds me that there doesn't have to be order in a novel. Why? Who says? Order limits the imagination.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
Maybe another day...
When did you first start writing?
When I was seven
Published 2015-09-15.
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