Interview with Mike Sutton

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
Alaska. Mostly. Michigan, somewhat less. We moved a lot. I developed a love for fiction in Jr. High(video games before that).
When did you first start writing?
Early in college. I wrote a couple 1 act plays for fun, and then muddled through a full length play. Finally in about 2005 I started writing a short story about the zombie apocalypse, which GRRMed.
What are you working on next?
I've been dabbling in a series of short stories about a dystopian future. Also, lyrics for a buddy's metal band. Neither of which take a lot of time and focus.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
When I was writing full time, I was excited to see where the story would go that day. I couldn't wait to get up in the morning and go to work.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I enjoy taking long walks to recharge. I also participate in the national sport of my people, Video games. I don't tend to read fiction while in writing mode, but I do read a bit of non-fiction. I also dabble in approximations of medieval crafts(leather and chainmail) when I have the energy.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
No. that was probably around 30 years ago in elementary school.
What is your writing process?
I get up, break fast, goof off on the internet. Then write for a while. I set a goal of 2000 words a day and work towards that - revisions not withstanding. Taking my walks allows me to work through issues in the story while doing something simple and physical. Finally I write some more before going to bed. Leaving myself somewhere to start up again in the morning.
How do you approach cover design?
I prefer simple abstracted scenes from my stories. Lots of photoshop.
What do you read for pleasure?
Fantasy has been my genre of choice since I was 12. Then some science fiction and historical fiction.

I also love history, biography, and popular science.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I prefer actual physical books. I like the feel and the smell of paper(especially old books). I like being able to flip back and forth through the text, to dog-ear pages.

But I also use my phone, as It is always with me and can hold hundreds of volumes.
Describe your desk
It is a chaotic repository of junk. From books that I am working on to a cup of steel rings. Fortunately I write on my laptop and can avoid the distraction.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I was compelled to become a writer by a passion for writing. So I worked on a vain attempt to avoid a real job after graduation. My goal was to get published - and it went as well as my previous goal of being a professional college student. So I released my work through the epub medium.

People buying the first book in the series feels fantastic. But not nearly as much so as when they come back for the rest of the series in one go.
Published 2016-02-06.
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Books by This Author

Calling them Wisdom Teeth is False Advertising
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,650. Language: American English. Published: May 1, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Entertainment » Humor and satire
Dentists and the magical crafts of Dentistry, the stuff of legends. They have been feared for countless ages past. There's nothing better to get over a bad experience than self-debasing humor.
A Voyage to New Mexico: Using Lesser Definitions of Voyage
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,410. Language: English. Published: April 22, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Travel » Budget
In 2013 I boarded a plane for a place where millions have been before, in search of adventures in the form of sitting in the back of my folk's sedan and staring out the window. This is that story. A Whole 4 days in New Mexico? That's enough to make someone an expert right on the geography and people right?
Intercepted Wishes
Price: Free! Words: 2,480. Language: English. Published: March 9, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Transgressional fiction
Wishes are made. Some take time to be granted. Getting in the way is like walking into traffic. You set the price. If you enjoy it, feel free to kick back a dollar.
I'm Not Going to Survive the Apocalypse
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,800. Language: English. Published: December 4, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Inspiration » Personal inspiration
The fully abridged and mostly punctuated how-to guide for surviving the days and weeks following the end times by the lazy for the lazy. Maybe it'll help, I don't know, I haven't really tested any of it. Sorry folks, there is no bondage, teen angst, or sparkly dinosaur erotica. I'm saving that material for the special edition.
Ratcatcher: Culling of the Flock
Price: Free! Words: 7,470. Language: English. Published: March 29, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Apocalyptic
Procurator Athena has received an invitation to the sporting event of the century, where the most powerful members of her shadowy world will celebrate death. Declining would be an insult to her Patron. Third story in the series.
The Seeker's Doom
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,030. Language: English. Published: March 22, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Occult
The city's nameless vagabonds begin to vanish. I wrote this for a Lovecraft short story contest a year or two ago. It did not win. Have since revised and re-written it to be less absurd.
A Game in the Woods
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,930. Language: English. Published: March 7, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Occult
Anna and her friends gather at her family's cabin for a weekend of alcohol fueled fun. A horror story inspired by a tale I once heard. The teller claimed it was true.
On Life in Prison: Survivor Chronicles
Price: Free! Words: 1,340. Language: English. Published: February 25, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Undead
Billy and Jason discuss boredom and the ubiquitous montage sequence that seems to be required in every zombie film ever made. And how they're now living it. This isn't an excerpt, but more of addendum to the Survivor Chronicles. I just never saw fit to add it to the text of Rapture, where it belongs.
Tonight only Vanessa Michaels
Price: Free! Words: 2,040. Language: English. Published: February 22, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » Satire
Widely beloved crafter of Dark Romance novels Vanessa Michaels reads from her most recent masterpiece. Note: As an aside, this is my response to the popularity of Vampire fiction. I expect that some will find it disturbing.
Alaska Tales
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,450. Language: English. Published: February 20, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » General
A trio of only slightly fictionalized short stories about fishing trips in Alaska.
Ratcatcher: Day of Rest and Observence
Price: Free! Words: 3,320. Language: English. Published: February 18, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Apocalyptic
Ratcatcher Athena returns. This time she explores the city of her birth as she returns to her mundane facade.
Ratcatcher: Perils of Doing Business
Price: Free! Words: 4,230. Language: English. Published: February 1, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Apocalyptic
In rigid society of Indy Under the Dome even the most illicit contraband can be found for a price. But only if one knows where to look. The most powerful find a Procurator, a Ratcatcher, to preform their shadowy deeds. Here is where Angela/Artemis lives, between the cracks in society.
Children of Sisyphus
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 83,250. Language: English. Published: August 29, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
Poor life choices and reality finally collide in a small town in Michigan, forcing a family to have to scrabble to survive. With a degree in hand, William returns to his hometown to raise his family and work his dream job teaching art in his former high school. Until the recession hits. Then he's forced to scrabble for anything he can to keep afloat and grasp at the fleeting remnants of his dreams
Flower of Fire: Survivor Chronicles 4
Series: Survivor Chronicles, Book 4. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 129,370. Language: English. Published: August 16, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Undead
Jefferson, a dead city recently resurrected. To the legion it has no name. And here they recoil after a vicious attack from the wandering cult that they have deemed to be wolves. Haley and Jason lead the way as the Cohorts march northwards to try and stop the wolves from unleashing a great burning onto the crippled world. Meanwhile, back in Jefferson, Lucia is on her first mission.
Shepherds and Wolves: Survivor Chronicles 3
Series: Survivor Chronicles, Book 3. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 139,200. Language: English. Published: August 10, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Undead
Andre, the betrayer makes his way through the sewers of Jefferson as two armies fighter overhead. There he finds one surprise after another as his plans fall apart. To the west a vast army of crusading pilgrims is on the march, straight towards Haley and Jason. Devouring any and all who come into their path, as they wage war on the remnants of humanity. Book3 of the series.
Ploughshares Into Swords: Survivor Chronicles 2
Series: Survivor Chronicles, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 146,020. Language: English. Published: August 10, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Undead
With his family safe and secure in their new paradise, Jason once again feels twinges of wanderlust drive his feet. Sometimes though, it's just better to stay home. Meanwhile, a new force arises in the south. An army of survivors marching across the countryside towards the dead city of Jefferson. Swords in hand they cleanse the land of the walking dead. Second book of the series.
Three Plays
Price: Free! Words: 42,830. Language: English. Published: October 28, 2011. Categories: Screenplays » Comedy
Three Plays. Two One Act. One Three Act. Theater of the Absurd inspired. I wrote these back in college and have hardly touched them since. If you enjoy them, I would appreciate feedback. If you perform one, I would love to see it.
The Hounds of Atlantis
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 93,970. Language: English. Published: October 6, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General, Fiction » Adventure » General
An archeologist is hired by an eccentric billionaire to find the lost city of Atlantis. She takes the job only to discover a cabal of shadowy assassins dogging her steps.
Rapture: Survivor Chronicles 1
Series: Survivor Chronicles, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 149,220. Language: English. Published: September 19, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General
The dead walk the earth feeding on the living. One of humanity's deepest fears. Civilization has collapsed, leaving scattered pockets of survivors to fend for themselves. In the midst of the plague of walking dead, humanity turns on itself. First book in the series. 149,000 words. Find me on Goodreads.