Interview with Gavin Michaels

What do your fans mean to you?
Fans are everything, simply put. Without fans I would be just another guy putting words on paper. Reviews are precious to me because it gives the fans a chance to express how the work made them feel and also areas that need improvement. Each fan and each review make me a better writer.
What is your writing process?
Normally a character will pop into my head. Then my brain begins to put a history or future to the character, and i write it out as it comes. I let it tell itself. Once the inspiration begins to die down, I'll go back and beef it up, and fix any discrepancies, until my brain runs off with the story again.
When did you first start writing?
I was probably about eight, when I first started telling stories, but I did not actually believe I could be a writer until my sophomore year in high school. My English teacher pushed me after a short story class.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The Hardy Boys books. They were adventurous and clever. While reading these books I realized that I wanted to bring stories to life as well. Though it was Piers Anthony that brought me into the sci-fi/fantasy genre, Margaret Weiss and Tracy Hickman who showed me what you can do when you create a world, and Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson who taught me the intricacies of plot and sub plot and the beauty of character depth.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
I don't really have five favorite books. My favorites are all series, so I'll list those.
1. Wheel of time Robert Jordan/Brandon Sanderson
2. Mist born Brandon Sanderson
3. Storm light Brandon Sanderson
4. Night Angel Brent Weeks
5. The Bean and Ender series Orson Scott Card
Why is easy. These books carry all the character depth and plot intricacies that I hope to one day be able to my own work. Lofty goals, I know, but when I finally reach them I know I'll be a better person and a better writer for my fans
What do you read for pleasure?
I read mostly fantasy. While Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson are my favorites, I find myself enjoying authors I find here on smashwords. T.C. Southwell, Peter V. Brett are two off the top of my head.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I use my Samsung phone mostly, with adilko app or nook from Barnes and Noble.
Describe your desk
It is big, lol. Dark espresso base with a cherry finished top. I have my favorite hard back books between my two favorite liqours, whiskey and scotch. A small lamp because I write mostly in the night and my laptop.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Believe it or not, I was at my mom's house for Easter and myself, my wife, and my siblings were discussing vampire books and if there was ever one where the human doesn't turn. I said I would tell that story. It has evolved from there but it's still the basis and I credit my loved ones with the inspiration.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
They made it easy to publish my work, which gave me the confidence to put it out there.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Giving life to a story. Creating a world and people who live there. Most of all though is that someone out there will find enjoyment out of my creation.
Published 2016-02-18.
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Books by This Author

Shadows In Time
Price: Free! Words: 2,120. Language: American English. Published: December 29, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories, Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
(4.00 from 1 review)
A lonely boy genius meets a shadow that lives and embarks on a journey that spans time itself.