Interview with C Michael Fraze

What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Writing equals sanity. My greatest joy in writing is sharing my bare emotions through my characters. Sharing both trying and joyful times with a reader who can relate and hopefully find joy themselves in what they read.
What do your fans mean to you?
Fans are everything. I mean I love to write, but without readers it is am empty world. Fans validate your work, offer encouragement, keep you going when you the outside world has you down. Fans are the reason we publish. I appreciate my fans immensely. Fans are what change me from a closet writer to a known author.
What are you working on next?
I have so much in the pipeline. There is book two to my Tattoo Wings. I have another book Radio Blah Blah that is in the editing stage and then I have a few more in various stages of completion. I think my biggest hold back is having the time to complete all that I want to do.
Who are your favorite authors?
My favorite authors include Anne Rice, always and forever. She was the reason I started reading the horror, fantasy, paranormal genres. I also love Laurell K. Hamilton and Sherrilyn Kenyon. I have quite a few others I love to read, but those round on my top three. The trifecta of paranormal reading.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The Lord God Almighty. He has blessed me with another day. Any one who has had a life changing event realizes that each day is a gift, not a given.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I spend my time with my kids and grandkids. I have one son, three stepdaughters, and ten grandchildren and counting. I work a full-job as a bean counter for a non profit. I try to work out regularly and eat right. That all takes up some of my time as well. I enjoy frisbee golf, the theatre and going to concerts. I truly believe life without music would be a mistake.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Ebooks? Usually from friends, I prefer to have the book in my hand. I know that is old school, and that is why i wish to offer both mediums when I publish. As far as books go, my favorite authors, authors my friends have suggested, and occasionally just a great book cover will entice me to read the book.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I wrote poetry as a child. I remember as young as nine years old putting things down in my journal. I collected poetry from everyone as well as myself throughout college. Somewhere in my late teens, early twenties, my cousin and I would write stories and then read them to each other. I know, such an exciting Friday night, but in reality, they were some of my most cherished memories.
What is your writing process?
Process? i guess it depends. Usually my muse starts knocking on my brain. The character will introduce his or herself. Usually it will infiltrate my thoughts until I write something down. I have quite a few of the ideas that have not been followed through to fruition. Once I start writing, I usually plan out the main characters, the basic outline. Then it is pen to paper, or fingers to computer board as the case may be. I wrote on chapter on my Tattoo Wings while at a McDonald's Playland watching my grandkids play. I had no paper, or computer, so I wrote out the entire chapter on napkins and then took it home and put on the computer.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
No, I do not remember the first story I ever read. It was probably from the Holy Bible as that was read regularly in my home as a child. My first book that had an impact on me as an adult was Interview with a Vampire, by Anne Rice. The imagery of her words, the emotions she drew out, and the paranormal edge made it both exciting and enjoyable. I read it all in one night, cover to cover. I had never done that before. At the time, it inspired me to read more of her books. I think in the back of my mind it was telling me to come in, this is your new home. Writing takes me away from reality which can be harsh and hateful at times. It allows an escape where your problems fade for just a little while. They are always there when you return, but they give you a much needed break so you can pick up and move forward.
How do you approach cover design?
I like to play with my own graphics. It usually has to do with an image in my head of what the story is about. Tattoo Wings, had to be wings tattooed on a back. This was a minor idea in the story, but it projected the image of who my fae warriors were. I usually come up with several images and send them out to my writing group. They each tell me what they like the best, and what they think would make it look better. I digest their suggestions, improve to my liking and voile'. I have a cover.
Published 2016-07-17.
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