Interview with Michael Carlson

What do you read for pleasure?
Mostly I enjoy reading science fiction and military thrillers. The authors range from Tom Clancy to David Weber with local authors David Eddings and Dale Brown thrown in for good measure. These are intermixed with books of military history, usually relevant to an upcoming project.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
My iPad is a constant companion, which gives me access to iBooks and Kindle. Both of these provide for quality reading devices while ensuring a a vast assortment of reading material to chose from.
When did you first start writing?
As a child I found the creative nature of writing to be a secret pleasure and an escape into worlds of my own creation. Of course it was not so much an enjoyment when the same creative pleasure was applied to essays for school.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in San Jose, California back in the days when orchards were still a common sight in and around the Santa Clara Valley. There was always so much to see, almost to the point of sensory overload, and writing was a way to capture the world around me.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
The ability to control my own destiny is probably the biggest reason for becoming an indie author. This allows the final publication to be close to what the original manuscript was intended to be. In other words, I am not at the mercy of a commercially drive publishing house or an overworked editor.
Published 2017-03-11.
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