Interview with Michael Clayton

What's the story behind your latest book?
This book has pretty much been a life-long labor of love for me to write a novel. It might be hard to believe but it has taken me the last 15 or so years to complete this book! I always had in the back of my mind what the theme, story and main characters were but it just took me a long time to fill in the spaces all around them and throughout the story. I would also stop and start a lot, put off the writing for a while, maybe even a year and then get the interest to write going again and take back off. I went through a lot of personal change in my life during that time and that in itself took a toll on my writing time.

As mentioned, I always had the main theme and characters in my head and I took a lot of experiences, places and people I met growing up in Winchester, Kentucky and later living in Louisville, Kentucky and used them to fill in the rest of the story and characters that went with it.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I've always had an interest in writing, producing poetry and short stories and I have always been a big reader of the Newspaper, magazines and all genre of books so I felt I had a good foundation to start writing a novel from. The advent of the internet and the subsequent ease with which it allowed anyone to publish anything I believe has taken a toll on what publishing companies will now take from an undiscovered, new author. I mean I see people self publishing material that a 3rd grader could write better and now the market of books out there is just wide open, like a dam that has burst! So, I really believed from the start that publishing as an indie author was the only way to go as I just didn't see spending lots of time submitting to publishers only to be rejected from the shear volume of material I would think they receive.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
I was just impressed with how easy they made it to clean up the manuscript for the different platforms and devices it would be read on. Then, everything else has just been a really user friendly experience. It was no where as difficult to publish my book and get it out there as I suspected it would be!
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
For me, writing evokes so many other memories that are attached to what you might put down on paper. As I said, I used a lot of the places and people I grew up with or knew about to fill in my story and every time I did, it brought back tons of old memories and incidents I don't believe I would have revisited otherwise.

Next, it is just the satisfaction of having done something well to hear from those that read my book how much they enjoyed it, how much they liked the humor, the style, etc. It's a great feeling making others happy from reading what I write!
What do your fans mean to you?
Everything! I mean without them, we are just writing a diary or in a journal aren't we?
What are you working on next?
I am working on finishing up a book of poetry, writing a screenplay for a movie and then revisiting some old notes and writings to try and work on a short story or two!
Who are your favorite authors?
I always enjoyed reading John Sandford, especially his Prey books! John Grishm has been entertaining as has JK Rowling with the Harry Potter series. I have also read some of the Anne Rice books, some of them where done quite well and I really enjoyed them. And I will read a Robert Fulghum book anywhere and anytime, love his wit and humor! And the same goes for Paulo Coehlo and Philip Yancey! So that I sound somewhat astute and educated, I like Hemingway, Joseph Heller, Hermann Hess, Oscar Wilde, Aldous Huxley, J.D. Salinger, Harper Lee, Tolkein and C.S. Lewis to name a few!

In poetry, I love Bukowsky, David Lee, Annie Dillard and Naomi Shihab Nye just off the top of my head...
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Who says you must get out of bed each day? ha ha! No, I do so many different things in my life, I try to write daily, paint, make sculptures, recycle metals, write blogs, promote my painting and writing, and take care of my beautiful wife, Tracey Anne-Jolie, who sings on Bourbon Street 4 nights a week which takes a toll on her on the days she works! I do all the grocery shopping, buy all her make-up, run all the errands, etc. Yeah, I'm a house husband actually...
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Making artwork and promoting it and my novel! Those take up most of my time...
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I have certain genres I am more interested in than others, like spirituality, the afterlife, Buddhism, Politics, UFO's and Ghosts, preternatural things! So I just look into those topics on Amazon, Nook, and other e-book sites from time to time
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yeah, I do! It was a children's book called, "Anthony the Ant," that I wrote in a High School creative writing class!
What is your writing process?
By inspiration, when something strikes me. I get an idea in my head, see something that prods me to write it down. I am very spontaneous in my writing and in producing my artwork. Never could just sit down and do it every day like a job...
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Besides children's books when I was very young, I remember in about the 3rd or 4th grade reading Ms. Frisby and the Rats of NiMH! That book just electrocuted me with excitement about reading and what else was out there that I could read that would entertain me and make me think so much like that!
Published 2014-04-19.
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Books by This Author

Juniper
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 109,740. Language: English. Published: November 14, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense, Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
Centuries of Native American curses, unexplained deaths and missing persons, political corruption, gender and racial bigotry, a torrid love affair, an old friend running from the mob, a cast of crazy locals, international crime, terrorism, rumors of organ harvesting and an old superstition about a preternatural werewolf on the prowl ~ Welcome to Juniper!!!