Interview with Michael Fryar

Describe your desk
I have 4 desks in my home - and that's not counting when I am out of the house and writing. My primary desk is in a closed room, no windows, and where I plant myself when I can't have any distractions. My secondary desk is also my work desk for legal matters and is in the room with the 50" television and the play station. My third desk is on the back porch with wrap around windows and where I go to be creative. The fourth desk is in the living room and where I work when I'm being social with the family. Each desk yields different work depending on mood.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I was born in Los Angeles, but my parents liked to move around, so I lived in Connecticut, Virginia and Louisiana and various times before becoming an adult. Growing up exposed me to different cultures and ways of life which broadened me, but travel is really what influences my writing.
When did you first start writing?
When I was three. Pictograms really, and my drawing hasn't improved much since then.
What's the story behind your latest book?
It was written to answer the question "How did these two meet and why do they care about each other?" in the first novel, Stoned Sharp, which now serves as the sequel to "Wasted Genius". It started as a short story that eventually became a 260 page novel.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Dave Sim and Cerebus the Aardvark, which is why it was such an honor to be able to include him as a character in my first novel. Cerebus. Not Dave Sim.
What are you working on next?
The original novel, Stoned Sharp, which this ended up as a prequel (first in series?) for. I need to rewrite it to match the events that unfolded in Wasted Genius, and add some material, but it will be ready for release next year.
Who are your favorite authors?
Terry Pratchett, Christopher Moore, John Steakley (if he'll ever write something again) Neil Gaiman.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
I didn't know there was a choice. There's a choice????
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Family, working with clients to better their lives. And video games. Lots of video games.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
It was in second grade on a native american for a unit we were studying. The teacher couldn't stop gushing about how good it was.
What is your writing process?
I work with writing like it's sculpture. Rough draft drawing bu collecting story ideas, thoughts, etc. Do an outline of ideas, sequentially. Come up with barriers or difficulties to overcome in the outline. Then write a draft few paragraphs. Hate everything. Start over.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Finished product. Everything before that is a massive pain in the ass.
Published 2017-11-19.
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Books by This Author

Wasted Genius: A Flaherty Story
Price: Free! Words: 77,150. Language: English. Published: November 16, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
John Flaherty is a millennial intent on destroying Science Fiction as we know it. A starship captain, a video game vixen and Cerebus the Aardvark have teamed up to stop him. The genre just might have a fighting chance.