Interview with Michael Moyes

What's the story behind your latest book?
The idea for writing The Samson Code was prompted from the works of catastrophic author, Anthony E. Larson. I read much of the source material for his trilogy; And the Moon Shall Turn to Blood, The Earth Shall Reel To and Fro, And There Shall Be a New Heaven and New Earth. I became fascinated with the theories of Dr. Immanuel Velikovsky as well as with the attempts of scientific officialdom to place catastrophic events into long drawn-out, evolutionary timetables. Giorgio De Santillana pointed out the many parallels of the Samson story to world mythology and astronomy. I realized that the Samson story could well be proof of ancient attempts to record abrupt, catastrophic changes to our world and could further bolster the research of Velikovsky.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Thanks to rapid advancements with the internet I was able to find such websites as Smashwords which offer extreme freedom of expression at minimum cost. Vanity publishers and other places on the web may demand up to $1000 startup fees with much less
freedom and no guarantee of success. Right now I just want to get exposure. I have very little investment money for experimentation with other publishers.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
I'm sure I do not take full advantage of all there is to offer here. Nevertheless, hundreds of people have seen and downloaded my book. A little more marketing savvy and I could perhaps write for a living. People love free stuff, free information, etc...Download the book for free but be prepared to pay for the next book down the road.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I love passing ideas along to my children and hearing them say they can't wait until I write it. Can I do it? Absolutely, but I have a survival problem. I must work my 'okole off to pay my bills. I agree with John Lennon that it is ridiculous to keep the artist or musician poor for fear they might lose their passion to produce. The greatest joy will be breaking through survival mode into a mode of absolute freedom to produce for myself from my own dreams and visions.
What do your fans mean to you?
I greatly appreciate feedback of any kind and hope to continually improve for your enjoyment.
What are you working on next?
A novel based on some of the ideas discussed in The Samson Code. It will be a work of fiction titled, The Looming. Curious episodes of public speaking in ancient tongues will be gradually translated by chosen characters, sponsored by Middle Eastern tycoons. The known episodes, occurring worldwide, will be studied and deciphered. The messages will be fit together as a warning to mankind of the looming to come; an astronomical phenomenon that will transform earth. There will be opposition from government and religion to defame and quell the voice of warning.
Who are your favorite authors?
Jack London, John Steinbeck, Joseph Conrad, Robert Louis Stevenson, Thomas Berger, Immanuel Velikovsky.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The morning itself. I love to be up before sunrise. I was a paper boy for several years, a pineapple planter, and enjoy getting the best waves before the wind picks up around 9 or 10am.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I like to read as much as possible, sometimes for inspiration, sometimes just to say, "How did this guy get published?"
I prefer to spend time with my children but am stuck on a travel job at the moment. I am on the road. I am tired of the road.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I am a throwback to the past and love to hold a book in my hands. No ebooks for me...but how long can it be avoided. I currently read the Hawaiian Bible, Ka Baibala Hemolele, I found googling the internet.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I believe it is still in my parents cabinet. I was 7 or 8 when I wrote about a shipwreck on the beach, a marvelous adventure hike of discovery...somewhere that looked like Torrey Pines, California.
Published 2014-09-04.
Smashwords Interviews are created by the profiled author, publisher or reader.

Books by This Author

The Samson Code
Price: Free! Words: 34,660. Language: English. Published: January 20, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion and Spirituality » Religion & Science
The Samson Code is an investigation of the Biblical story in comparison to many parallel tales throughout world mythology. It is deduced that it is a story derived from the motions of the planets through various constellations. These cosmic events were not ordinary but caused much destruction and wrought fear within the hearts of ancient man. Similar events are forecast for our future.