Interview with Michael Golvach

What motivated you to become an indie author?
I've been writing most of my life. Ever since my first horrible comic book at age 8. I love to write, but lost some steam dealing with regular publishing options. I felt like I was spending all of my time waiting to do what I loved to do. Being an Indie author means I get to "work" as much as I want and release that work on my own schedule. The cons of self-marketing and paying for professional editing/cover design, etc far outweigh the pros of being able to do what I love
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes I do. It was about a professor who woke up and realised someone had removed his hand. He was very upset and the police got involved. There was an awkward sex scene (because I was 8 and I only knew what I watched on cable when my parents were asleep) and the case was never resolved satisfactorily. That's still a work in progress. I imagine it will be that way until I die, because it makes me laugh whenever I read it and I don't want to ruin it by making it good ;)
What is your writing process?
I always write down my ideas. Dialogue, themes, titles, etc. I like to have a theme and a message worked out before I start writing. Then I build my plot bare-bones and do the same with my characters. I always write my first draft all the way through, even though the plot (and the characters) change drastically through the story, as I figure out what the book's really about and who the character's really are. Then, by the second draft, I'm either working on something solid or I shelve the book and move on to the next one. I frequently revisit older, shelved, projects. Sometimes they turn into wonderful short stories. I just wasn't ready to write them when I first put pen to paper.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I love to write and really get into being in the scene, or the character. In fact, when I finish a draft - during that time when I'm supposed to be ignoring my work - I like to write short stories about things that are referred to in whatever novel I'm working on. Those things that happened outside the scope of the book. It's great fun, and it allows me to get to know my characters better, which makes my books - and my writing - better
What are you working on next?
I'm currently rewriting and rewriting my latest book that should be out in 2017 January. It's called "fiX" and (as always) I think it's the best thing I've ever written. I released the prequel-prologue as a free ebook on SmashWords called "What I Did This Summer by Davey Fitz." I only hope that my readers find the finished work half as enjoyable as I do.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
So far, SmashWords has really helped out getting my books wider distribution. I used to chain myself to one online marketplace, but even their great exposure was limited. SmashWords allows me to make my work available to more readers everywhere and that equals more readers, everywhere ;)
What do your fans mean to you?
Fans are everything. Although I'd write even if it were just for myself, I love to know that I'm entertaining other people. I don't expect anything from my fans. But I love to think of them enjoying my books and short stories. That's what writing's all about. Joy, pain, ambivalence and every other emotion being put to paper and the sharing of that experience.
Who are your favorite authors?
My favourite authors are - in no particular order:
Harlan Ellison
Dick Francis
Robert Anton Wilson
Jim Thompson
Clive Barker
Stephen King
Brilliant Indie Authors I discover every day
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
These days, I get up looking forward to writing and revising. I love the creation process of writing, but I also enjoy the honing of the material and tightening it up. Sometimes making a few modifications - even if they're deletions - can change the whole flavour of a piece
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
When I'm not writing, I spend my time with my son. When I'm not with him, I like to spend time with friends and I watch a lot of movies. I also enjoy playing guitar (with my earphones on because no one in my apartment complex likes heavy metal as much as I do) and reading.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I discover almost every ebook I read nowadays through recommendations of friends. I've found a lot of great authors through social networking as well. Aside from the authors I'm already familiar with, that's generally how I find them. Occasionally, I'll just read the first thing that pops up and seems interesting, no matter who wrote it or what it's about. Some of my favourite books were found using that highly erratic method
Published 2016-12-17.
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Books by This Author

fiX
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 174,370. Language: English. Published: February 13, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Supernatural
Happily ever after. The hard way. David Fitz and Juno Conjay quit the drugs, and each other, but life isn't getting any easier. Stuck in cut-rate witness protection with some strange neighbours, things get complicated when David's old boss gets out of jail and comes gunning for him, and the secrets uncovered in his new place of residence seem to be much worse than what he's been running from
Bloody Gullets
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 80,130. Language: English. Published: December 17, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author, Fiction » Transgressional fiction
A new collection of dark speculative fiction by author Michael Golvach The stories in this collection don't represent the high-toned surface. They represent the spaces in between. The places where things can get ugly.
Missing Pieces
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 134,270. Language: English. Published: December 16, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » Suspense
Michael meets Mandi and promptly finds himself falling for her, but Mandi resists reciprocating his feelings because of the scars left on her mind and body by years of horrific abuse at the hands of men who cared nothing for her. But Mandi secretly thirsts for love, happiness and freedom from her life of misery - Which she may never escape
What I Did This Summer by Davey Fitz
Price: Free! Words: 7,850. Language: English. Published: December 5, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction, Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
(5.00 from 1 review)
Summer vacation is a time to relax and enjoy time off from school. But it's not always fun and games. And sometimes it can be a living hell. Free Origin Story from the upcoming novel "fiX" by Michael Golvach - http://mikegolvach.net