Interview with Michael Tulipan

What is your writing process?
Pretty simple. Have an idea, turn it over in my head, start writing. My editor told me that I should write character studies so I promised him on the next one!
When did you first start writing?
I feel like I have always been writing. I went to film school to write screenplays but never sold one. One day I thought, "hey maybe I should write a novel." The result after three years of work is After Empire. I hope you enjoy it.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I used to create sequels for my favorite movies in my head. James Bond, Indiana Jones and the like. So I would take the characters and spin new tales for them. I really loved adventure stories as a kid and read every Hardy Boys book. Sherlock Holmes was another favorite and I loved re-reading those stories again and again. To me, it's all about the adventure.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in suburban Long Island, NY. This led me to want to escape - first mentally through storytelling and then physically to the big city. I found the suburbs to be a great place to be a kid, not so much for adults. I needed to expand my horizons and left as soon as I hit college age. I grew up in the 70s and 80s which was a great time for storytelling. Stephen King was at his masterful best. I remember being enthralled by John Grisham's early books, the same with Michael Crichton. And Midnight In the Garden of Good and Evil was amazing, capturing a world that was so foreign to me. I read everything I could. The Hitchhiker's Guide was another favorite.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The creation of a new world is very exciting. I enjoy creating a complex system of characters and plotlines and then seeing where they go. I generally map out my stories in my head but don't make precise notes for every step of the journey. Much of what happens surprises me. My aim is the give the reader the same sense of surprise and discovery that I enjoy when I am writing.
Describe your desk
I hate clutter so I sit with a pad next to me for notes. I try to have no distractions around. I also have a pad next to my bed in case an idea comes to me in the middle of the night.
How do you approach cover design?
Cover design is hard and I had a good friend help me with this. It needs to be provocative and colorful. I think we achieved that with After Empire.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I write. My day job keeps me very busy. But when not writing long form, I am editing my travel website www.thesavvyexplorer.com or writing about food, wine and travel for various publications.
What are you working on next?
I am revising my next novel, Mr & Mrs Shadow. I am very inspired by old Hollywood films and this is my take on The Thin Man's Nick and Nora. It's a bit lighter but no less action packed.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I find it easiest to read on an iPad.
Published 2015-08-02.
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Books by This Author

After Empire
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 93,710. Language: English. Published: August 2, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Spies & espionage
An action-packed thriller full of political intrigue, After Empire takes the nightmare scenario of foreign terrorists operating on U.S. soil and spins it in unimaginable directions. Intelligence analyst Roger Cross leads a task force racing to stop a deadly plot that threatens the very survival of our democracy.