Interview with Myke Edwards

Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
The unfinished masterpiece...
So shortly after Christmas when I was 11, my parents bought us a computer. Keep in mind this was 1991, so a family owning a computer was a big deal. After going through every tutorial for Microsoft Works, I needed an outlet for all this knowledge of how to use these programs (not to mention we had zero games for this machine). I sat down and started putting random words on the page.
It was crap. I can't believe I even kept writing it, but I had my fun with it. It led to me having more patience to sit and write, and to come up with ideas that, while maybe not the greatest, were at least something original.
How do you approach cover design?
Whatever the basic idea of the story/book is, I try to come up with something to go along with it. Sounds simple, but there are some books that look like they have the most random clip art for their cover.
What do you read for pleasure?
Science fiction and fantasy.
Describe your desk
Wooden and too low.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in a small suburb of Toledo, OH, called Waterville. It's a little bit bigger now, with more people there (it became an actual city a few years back, not just a village).
A prevalent theme in a lot of my writing is exploration, or escape. I hate to sound cliche, but I always wanted out of that small town when I was younger, especially my teen years! I think going into Toledo on my own or with friends during my junior and senior years of high school opened my eyes to what was truly out there, and going to Detroit shortly after that made it even better. I mean sure, I'd always gone into the city my whole life (my mother was a very avid shopper), but being able to go where I wanted and do the things I wanted to do was a big deal.
Writing about space explorers or pirates rings rather true in theme with me.
When did you first start writing?
Like I said earlier, when I was 11.
My passion for writing seriously didn't start until I was 16. In my English class, we had to write a poem, which I had done many times over throughout the years. For some reason, this time was different, and I actually enjoyed it. I kept writing poems and eventually stories, and never stopped.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Being able to tell the stories that I find interesting, and managing to entertain at least a few people by doing it.
What do your fans mean to you?
They're supportive and sexy. I love how they enjoy reading my stuff, but also how they spread the word, too. Many, many fans are writers themselves, or artists, musicians, or some sort of creative type, and I get such a kick out of seeing their works, and being able to enjoy it and spread the word myself. To use that cliche line, thanks to the fans, because without you, I wouldn't be here!
What are you working on next?
Finishing several short stories, editing more than I should, and attempting to finish the last 20 chapters of a sword and sorcery novel.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The fact that if I don't go to work, I lose my job and get no money. That, and an undeniable love for life. I know it sounds cheesy as hell, but it's true.
Published 2016-08-07.
Smashwords Interviews are created by the profiled author, publisher or reader.

Books by This Author

In the Pale Moonlight
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 129,460. Language: English. Published: February 27, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Urban, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Supernatural
(5.00)
A man, cruising through life. A woman, vowed to protect him. The Devil, determined to destroy them.
It's the Great Murdering Pumpkin, Charlie Townes
Price: Free! Words: 6,660. Language: English. Published: October 16, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Undead, Fiction » Fantasy » Dark
Every year on Halloween, the Devil comes to Earth to take whatever he can. Dead serial killer Adam Nelson Lee is rumored to return to life on the Eve of All Hallows as well. Will the men charged with preventing their arrival be successful, or will the unthinkable happen: the end of the world?
Omar's Well
Price: Free! Words: 4,190. Language: English. Published: September 10, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action, Fiction » Fantasy » Historical
Deep in the heart of Cairo, a shady deal concludes. Jackson's late father, a highly respected world traveler, had uncovered mysteries and treasures untold and undreamed of. One final mystery remains, not only in how, but what—Omar's well. Will all of Jackson's traveling and risking his life pay off, or is Omar's well no more than a hole in the ground?
Planet Flippers
Price: Free! Words: 2,100. Language: English. Published: August 10, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
(3.00)
When one civilization ends, another one profits. The wealthiest and most prestigious races from the galaxy join together in an attempt to earn slice of the pie, but for Spanlet, profit means nothing compared to the survival of his people. Faced with annoyances and problems on all sides, he needs to find the perfect home for his people before someone else does.