Interview with Michael Charles

What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The pleasure and satisfaction I receive from writing revolves around the journey I've taken to obtain the knowledge I write about. I've been a professional photographer for over twenty years. I'm proud of the fact that I've had a great deal of success in a very competitive field of photography in spite of the fact that I'm, for the most part, self-taught. When I was learning, I read hundreds of hundreds of books on the subject. Because of this, I'm well aware of the power that books contain. I'm honored to be at a place in my career where I'm able to pass along all that I've learned to those who may be interested pursuing a similar path.
What do your fans mean to you?
When I'm writing, my focus is always on the reader. When I was learning photography through reading hundreds of books, I remember the feeling of really connecting with specific authors. It felt as if they were writing directly to me. I hope that readers of my books will sometimes get a similar feeling. I'm alway very happy to hear from those who have read my books and am more than happy to answer additional questions they may have.
What are you working on next?
At the moment, I have three additional books in the works. As with my first book, "SKIN: How To Take Stunning Nude Photos," these books will deal with the fields of glamour, nude, and erotic photography. Two of the books will be specifically geared toward tips and techniques. In other words, these books deal with the creative aspects of the field. The other book I'm working on at this time is geared more toward those who wish to make money with their photography work. In this book, I'll be giving specific advice on how to pursue the moneymaking aspects of nude and erotic photography.
Who are your favorite authors?
These days, I find myself primarily reading non-fiction books. For whatever reasons, the authors of non-fiction works tend to be less known and less revered than those of fiction. For this reason, I can't honestly point to any specific authors who I'm particularly dedicated to. If pressed, however, I would say I enjoy the work of Tim Ferriss, Malcolm Gladwell, and David Sedaris. I also am a big fan of the early humor essays of Woody Allen.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
This question implies that I am, indeed, inspired to get out of bed each day. If only that were true. Like most everyone, I would guess, certain days are more inspiring than others. One constant in my life has been that I love to learn. Another constant is that I have always loved reading books. Because of this combination, I can safely say that I've read thousands of books in my life with the intention of learning something new. And I'm happy and thankful to say that nearly every book I've read has given me at least some bit of knowledge that I didn't possess before. To me, learning is what life is all about.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I'm primarily a photographer. Consequently, photography is what I'm often doing when I'm not writing. When I'm not doing either of those, I like to run, hike, and try new restaurants around Los Angeles. And when I'm in the mood to torture myself, I'll go out and play golf.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I find most of the ebooks I read through the blog of the writer. I follow a number of blogs (on a wide variety of subjects). When one of these authors put out a new ebook, I'm usually very interested.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I'm not sure if I can remember the first story I ever wrote. However, I think I can remember one of the first. It took place in 6th grade and was done for a creative writing assignment. The details are a bit vague after all these years; however, it centered around bubble-gum blowing being added as an Olympic sport. This was during the height of the Cold War (USA vs USSR) and, in those days, the Olympics were far more political than they are today. I think I must have found something humorous in combining the simple task of blowing bubbles with the very serious tone of that era's Olympics.
What is your writing process?
My writing process is a bit more methodical than I wish it was. In a perfect world, I'd like to be a little more free-flowing. It's something I'm working on with my next books. Ideally, I'd like to be able to freely get my thoughts out and then worry about editing these thoughts later. However, with my book, "SKIN", I was pretty methodical about both the first draft and the editing process. Consequently, it took me longer to write than I think it needed to. Oh well, live and learn.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I'll give my age away here by revealing that the first book or story I remember reading was Joe Namath's autobiography. For those a bit younger, he was the flamboyant quarterback of the New York Jets in the 1970s. The book had a great title: "I Can't Wait Until Tomorrow, Because I Get Better Looking Every Day." Even though I grew up in California, I was a big fan of the Jets. For some reason, I was also a big fan of the New York Knicks. Another early memory was reading the autobiography of Knicks player, Walt Frazier. This one was simply titled, "Clyde."
How do you approach cover design?
Being a photographer, I think I have a fairly good feel for design. However, I'm very aware of my limitations. Combining type with an image (or images) in an eye-catching way is not an easy thing to do. For my book's cover, I did some research over the Internet and found a graphic designer whose work I really liked. I gave him the image I wanted to use and let him do the rest.
Published 2014-08-29.
Smashwords Interviews are created by the profiled author, publisher or reader.

Books by This Author

SKIN: How To Take Stunning Nude Photos
Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 68,300. Language: English. Published: August 29, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Art, Architecture, Photography » Photography - how to, Nonfiction » Art, Architecture, Photography » Photography - Photo books
"SKIN: How To Take Stunning Nude Photos" is a complete course on everything necessary to take stunning erotic images. Every aspect of the field is covered: Basic and advanced techniques, must-have equipment, how to discover and direct models, moneymaking secrets, and behind-the-scenes peeks. "SKIN" is an invaluable resource for anyone interested in glamour, nude, and erotic photography.