Interview with Mike Baldwin

What should be the main reason someone buys DREAM KILLER?
“Dream Killer is your classic whodunit with numerous twists and turns, a fast-paced story packed with entertaining characters, but it's capped by a surprise ending you will never forget."
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Work on my current project (novel), play some golf, get involved with some of the charities that I support.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
It’s intoxicating to sit in front of a computer and watch a character come to life or see a scene come together. Fellow writers can relate to that magical feeling of creating something out of nothing, write a story you believe others would enjoy reading.
I want to encourage all would-be novelists to keep dreaming. If you ever make it to the finish line and publish a novel, even if it’s a dream delayed twenty years, it’s an indescribable feeling of accomplishment when you receive compliments from friends who tell you how much they enjoyed reading your book.
Do your novels appeal to a wide audience?
Without question.
Carefully selecting a dozen readers to serve as sounding boards for my debut novel, SMASHED TATER, I was ecstatic that housewives that aren't even sports fans loved the plot and my two lead characters, and sports fans really enjoyed the sports backdrop that is rare in today's market. What was most rewarding were readers adamantly said it was a page-turner they couldn't put down, a fun story that lingered long after they finished the book, anxiously awaiting the sequel to come out in August that once again will feature Veronica, the tenacious sports agent, and Missy, her lovable assistant.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
At first, I attempted the traditional route, querying New York City agents last winter, but I quickly discovered the payoffs for authors are as good, or better, and the reader saves a ton (a $4.99 e-Book compared to a $24.99 hardback).

I also like having full ownership of my novels. It's a little nerve-racking to jump into the worldwide book industry without a safety net (a publishing house editor and marketing team), but I'm confident I can steadily build a fan base on my own after readers discover my stories and characters are the exact type of books they purchase from publishers like Random House and Penguin, etc.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords is exactly what they said they are, a fantastic distributor that allows authors to spend more time writing. Smashwords makes it tremendously easy for novelists to have their e-Books available to most digital mainstream readers.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Debut novel but I plan to use Facebook, Twitter and a multitude of sports connections I developed throughout my newspaper career, which is why I plan to contact radio shows and athletes and coaches across the country.
What are you working on next?
(to be released March 1, 2016)
Depressed she has allowed her life to be controlled by a multi-millionaire, Rebecca Anderson moves out of her luxurious condo into a dingy duplex to try make it on her own, but Rebecca can’t seem to shake Frank Minter and his infamous ponytail. Frank appears to be tied to a couple of strange deaths connected to the James Thacker University basketball program, a private school in Wichita Falls, Texas, with Final Four aspirations.
In an attempt to regain control of her life once and for all, Rebecca teams up with James Thatcher assistant coach Todd Cooper. Rebecca and Todd, though, fear for their lives after they’re thrown into the crosshairs once they discover the real reason two people close to the basketball program have mysteriously been found dead amid unusual circumstances.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Golf is my favorite (eight handicap)
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
All the websites.
What is your writing process?
Outline the book. Write the first five chapters. Write much, if not all, of the ending. Find ways to keep the story flowing at a rollercoaster past. I try to write "as fast as a speeding bullet" page-turning, thought-provoking contemporary mysteries.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Not really. I've read a lot over the years. John Grisham is my favorite storyteller.
How do you approach cover design?
I want the cover to represent the book. In DREAM KILLER, the lifeguard on the cover is the murdered victim in the early pages of the classic whodunit mystery.
Describe your desk
A computer, color coded print outs for background, a printer and more than 30 folders on background on literary agents and the future of e-publishing.
What do your fans mean to you?
I'm still building a fan base but fans that have jumped on board in the early going will always be near to my heart just like my six person All-Star reading team that are so vital to writing high-quality, fast-paced mysteries with female lead characters.
Who are your favorite authors?
John Grisham.
Published 2015-11-23.
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Books by This Author

Dream Killer
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 83,190. Language: English. Published: November 14, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
To fulfill her friend’s dream, legendary sports agent Veronica Townsend has constructed a kids’ summer camp on the Kansas farm where baseball hero John Jensen was raised. Camp Dream Catcher, though, is in danger of shutting down after a lifeguard is murdered. With cancellations pouring in, Veronica must solve the mystery in a desperate attempt to keep the camp open.
Smashed Tater
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 86,470. Language: English. Published: April 15, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
The FBI’s theory is Major League Baseball home run champion John Jensen possibly committed suicide on the family farm in Burlington, Kansas, but Veronica Townsend, his sports agent, uncovers an inside tip that suggests John may have been murdered.