Interview with Mike Bowerbank

Published 2018-07-23.
What's the story behind your latest book?
In every detective novel I've ever read, the detective gets all the glory while all the myriad people who helped him solve it get pushed to the sidelines. Well, what if the detective disappeared early in the book and those same myriad people then had to solve the entire thing themselves? That's exactly what occurs in "The Baneridge Murders".

Here's the back cover text:

An unsolved murder.
An innocent person arrested.
A missing detective.
All in a town with too many secrets.

"The Baneridge Murders" were enough of a mystery even before the detective went missing. Now his two hired assistants are tasked with trying to piece together the case in a town that is trying to drive them out.
Their main clue: a sketchbook of riddles and impossible pictures.
Their main lead: a troubled 12-year-old boy who believes that God talks to him.
In small towns, everyone has their secrets. In Baneridge, there’s at least one person who is willing to kill to keep their secrets from being discovered.
And the bodies are starting to pile up...
What are your five favorite books, and why?
I like books that do something completely unexpected and all of my favourite books feature that.
"Good Omens" by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman - the authors approach the Biblical apocalypse in a hilarious way.
"Zealot" by Reza Aslan puts Jesus into historical context. He uses logic and his knowledge of history to develop an insightful look at the time and setting of Jesus' life.
"The Long Dark Teatime of the Soul" by Douglas Adams features the most unorthodox detective ever written - a fellow named Dirk Gently.
"God is Not Great" by Christopher Hitchens is a controversial yet incredibly detailed look at religions and religious figures in a whole new light.
"Night Watch" by Terry Pratchett. Actually, any and all of his City Watch books are excellent. Pratchett was an incredible writer and he is missed terribly.
Who are your favorite authors?
In no particular order, Douglas Adams, Terry Pratchett, Reza Aslan, Christopher Hitchens, Neil Gaiman, and Tom Clancy.
What do your fans mean to you?
Pretty much everything. I would write anyway because I enjoy it, but getting their feedback and comments makes me write more and better work. I love that people like to read, and if my books bring them any enjoyment at all then it's all been worthwhile.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes, it was in high school (Creative Writing class) and we were tasked with writing a novella as our final assignment. Up until then, I'd only ever written short stories that were two to five pages long. I ended up writing a whimsical crime story called "Another Rainy Night in New York". It wasn't even remotely good, but it inspired me to try to write a full novel some day.
Describe your desk
My bedroom and kitchen are immaculate but my desk looks like somebody filled a sack with books, mail, and paper, detonated a bomb in the sack, and then dumped the contents onto the surface.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
I can't wait to start a new day. I'm not a morning person, but I am someone who enjoys life. Life is too short to spend it unconscious.
What is your writing process?
My mind never stops and I have a low boredom threshold. As such, I keep my mind occupied by observing my surroundings and asking endless "what if" questions.

Just to take one example, I take a ferry across the harbor each day to get to work. The harbor is filled with tankers and container ships. What if the container ship was owned by a rogue regime... what would they do with it? That eventually led to a story about a high-value target being kidnapped and the container ship was going to be the way they got the target back to their country. (This ended up being a novel called "The Future Imperfect" which is self-published.)
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I love seeing how a simple idea, a simple concept, can get fleshed out and eventually evolve into a full-length novel. Even more satisfying than that is when somebody reads it and enjoys it. There's no better feeling. I'm sure winning the lottery would be a comparable feeling, but I haven't experienced that.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I've got a family that keeps me extraordinarily busy and I enjoy it immensely.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I lack the patience that would be necessary to send a draft to dozens upon dozens of potential publishers, hoping to find the right fit. Once my story is done, I want it out there in a matter of weeks, not months or years.
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Books by This Author

The Hopeless Cases
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 72,630. Language: English. Published: October 27, 2023 . Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
Two people died in a fire, but was it murder? Detective Abby Lunay is on the case, while her friend Alyssa wants to avoid anything to do with it. But are they chasing a killer, or being manipulated by one? The Hopeless Cases: A mystery/comedy.
The Estate
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 72,750. Language: English. Published: June 10, 2022 . Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Adventure, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Supernatural
The haunted house isn’t really haunted, the scheming heirs aren’t really scheming, and the crooked lawyer isn’t really crooked. However, only one of those statements is true. Alyssa Bristol was hired to house-sit an estate home, but wasn't fully prepared to deal with the bickering heirs, the arrogant lawyer, and what may be a ghost in the house.
Through the Woods
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 25,400. Language: English. Published: January 15, 2022 . Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Autobiographies & Memoirs, Nonfiction » Biography » Personal memoir
(5.00 from 1 review)
Set in the first half of the Twentieth Century, from 1907 to 1947, “Lost in the Woods” is the true story of an extraordinary woman living in extraordinary times. Dorothy Woods' young life was thrown into turmoil, but she was determined to find a place she could call home.
The Future Imperfect
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 73,310. Language: English. Published: March 19, 2020 . Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Spies & espionage
John Davis, a US Government asset with supernatural abilities, is violently abducted by a hostile foreign power. His three friends (and one determined US Marine) are trying to rescue John before his own government kills him to prevent him from falling into enemy hands. A story about friendship, freedom, and a pair of furry handcuffs.
The Baneridge Murders
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 78,410. Language: English. Published: September 19, 2018 . Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Supernatural
There are two rules in murder mysteries: 1. There must be a crime for the detective to solve. 2. There must be multiple suspects. You’ll notice there’s no rule stating the detective can’t be the victim. It’s now up to his two assistants to solve the case in a town that’s trying to drive them out.