Interview with Michael Grossman

Published 2019-12-28.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
The Kindle is now waterproof, which is perfect for me as I love to read in the shower. I hope the next edition is shampoo and conditioner proof.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
I have found that not taking no for an answer has been the best strategy. That tactic worked to finally persuade my wife to read the book.
Describe your desk
My desk happens to look a lot like a kitchen table. In fact, it is a kitchen table. Used cereal boxes make for great mouse pads.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Melbourne, Australia which is a lot like Melbourne, Florida aside from the beautiful climate and great beaches.

Australians are fun-loving and easy-going people. I'm surprised they haven't deported me yet.
When did you first start writing?
I once appealed a traffic violation. I wrote a very convincing letter. I knew then that I could make it as a struggling writer.
What's the story behind your latest book?
This book was never supposed to be written. What started as a summer project that was abandoned after just two chapters slowly turned into a completed work. And the credit goes entirely to my students.

Back in 2002, whilst I was a mere student teacher, I noticed that kids weren’t utilising their quiet reading time very well. In fact, they were staring off into space. I decided to print off the two chapters as a means to provide the students with another reading option. Not only were they suddenly engaged in what they were reading, but they brought it home to their parents. I was getting messages from parents requesting the next chapter. And this started my journey towards completing the novel.

This certainly wouldn’t have happened were it not for the support and encouragement of my wonderful students over the many years!
What motivated you to become an indie author?
It is the perfect career move for me at the moment as I transition to my ultimate dream job - telemarketer!
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
It has triggered a resurgence in my confidence levels. Having mastered the style guide, I feel I can do anything!
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Sharing your story and the characters you love with the world. That, and getting off parking fines.
What do your fans mean to you?
My uncle means the world to me.
What are you working on next?
I am working on two titles:

The A-Z Guide to the Alphabet; and

Mannequins for Dummies
Who are your favorite authors?
Have you ever read the Smashwords Style Guide? I highly recommend it. Right up there with the best of Russian literature.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
A nice, warm Kindle shower.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I am a social justice warrior. The other day I protested against cuts to the police force by handcuffing myself to a policeman.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I use the same method of discovery as Christopher Columbus - Google.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I was 4 years old and got myself in heaps of trouble. Permanent marker is hard to get off wallpaper.
What is your writing process?
Sit at the kitchen table. Turn on the computer. Brainstorm. Give up and watch a YouTube cat video. Reward myself with chocolate.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
War and Peace. It totally changed my life. I loaned a copy to Kim Jong Un, but as of yet, he's only read the first half.
How do you approach cover design?
I get someone else to do it. I can't even make my stick figures symmetrical.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
How to Win Friends and Influence People - How I got my wife to read my book

The Art of the Deal - Pure comedy. One of the funniest books ever written.

The Achievements of Kim Kardashian - Available in pamphlet form

The Mueller Report - I once had insomnia. No more.

Grease - Not the movie, just a Jewish cookbook.
What do you read for pleasure?
The television guide.
What was your greatest achievement?
I once got the lead part in my school's production of Fiddler on the Roof. Unfortunately, I didn't get to perform it. I got injured during rehearsals. I fell off the roof.
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Books by This Author

My Favourite Comedian
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 43,350. Language: English. Published: November 20, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Family / Marriage & Divorce, Nonfiction » Children's Books » Humor / General
Warning: This book contains no vampires, wizards, ghosts, animated superheroes in their underwear, and no, you won't have to find Wally! It does feature a kid named Shakespeare, a stand-up comedian and a series of hilarious events.