Interview with Michael Edwards

When did you first start writing?
I was 21, and I had gotten into fan-fiction which spurred my desire to be an author.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Xander Lorde is about corruption, sex, and murder. With some pop culture dashed in :)
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Being able to vent pent up emotions. Creating new, and hopefully enduring characters.
What do your fans mean to you?
They mean I am doing something right! And I appreciate their support :)
What are you working on next?
Another crime series, a sci-fi story is also in the planning stages, plus some other genres I have ideas for.
Who are your favorite authors?
Orson Scott Card and James Patterson. I love OSC's morally complex stories. And I think James Patterson's hustling skills is a lesson for all writers. Plus Patterson is a solid fast paced writer.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Knowing that I am building to something whether good or bad. That will have an impact.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I like to exercise. Taking walks and doing a form of power yoga called DDP Yoga. I also love to read :)
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Online word of mouth :)
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes, a fan-fic based on the Marvel Comics character called Shocker. It was awful. You won't find it thankfully.
What is your writing process?
I write as many pages/words as possible for a set period of time each day. That way I don't burn myself out. I also take breaks so that I don't end up getting stressed which will led to me not wanting to write.
How do you approach cover design?
I try to go for what's effective and is simple in expressing that.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Ender's Saga, I so could relate to the feelings of alienation. Then there is New Avengers (a graphic novel series) that felt like an ongoing Big Trouble In Little China mixing humor with action Followed by The Pathfinder series, Mithermages saga and the Tales Of Alvin Maker. All of which are great feel good stories with depth.
What do you read for pleasure?
It varies depending on my mood. Can be humorous, dark, or anything inbetween.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Um, I haven't used any *sheepish*
What is the story regarding Scarlet Tie?
Scarlet Tie is about a private practice doctor and LGBT activist that uses two mystical items he bought in Japan to try and make the streets of Cleveland safe for the kids, and be a positive role model to black and LGBT youth. He has a a youth center where LGBT kids can let off steam by playing the different games provided, or talk to Terrell about what they are going through. Since Terrell has faced that alienation before when he was young.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up here in Peninsula, a small township nestled between Akron and Cuyaghoa Falls. Being poor, I've grown up around a lot of bad stuff. People my age abusing drugs, the criminal element (usually the people with money), and the damnable cliques who bully and terrorize those that don't fall in line. So I got to see many sides of humanity. Including those with big hearts.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
To express myself, but I would also like to make a better living for my family. Being disabled, and poor is a terrible way to live.
Published 2015-09-28.
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Books by This Author

The Meta Summoner
Price: Free! Words: 1,550. Language: English. Published: October 22, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Themes & motifs » Psychological, Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
An all powerful summoner has a talk with a former president about accountability of ones actions.
Magic City
Price: Free! Words: 1,760. Language: English. Published: October 14, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories
A story about the stupidity of criminals and how flukes are sometimes how police solve murders.
Sword Of Three Kingdoms
Price: Free! Words: 1,690. Language: English. Published: September 30, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » War & military adventure, Fiction » Young adult or teen » War
A major battle goes down at Fan castle, legends die, and China would be changed forever.
Perception Book Two
Series: Perception. Price: Free! Words: 9,600. Language: English. Published: August 24, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » War & military adventure, Fiction » Science fiction » Military
Part Two of the Perception series. Matthew and his allies continue to fight back against the DMF.
Series: Perception. Price: Free! Words: 15,530. Language: English. Published: June 15, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » War & military adventure, Fiction » Science fiction » Military
Genre fiction put through a microscope while alternate worlds go to war! Matthew Corvid is a simple foot soldier in a massive authoritarian army seeking to conquer the multiverse. But what does war really bring and how does genre fiction change with the times.
Scarlet Tie Episode 2 Book 2
Series: Scarlet Tie. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,240. Language: English. Published: March 10, 2016. Categories: Fiction » African American fiction » General, Fiction » Adventure » Action
Terrell is worn down by the problems from his childhood that is hindering his relationship with his boyfriend Henry. To get away from his turmoil, he takes on a new client and prepares for his battle with a hate group so vile that they have created a fear in minorities living in Cleveland to inaction. Henry seems to hold his own secrets, what hasn't he hold Terrell about his sister?
Doctor Spacewarp Episode One
Price: Free! Words: 2,200. Language: English. Published: February 7, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Drama
(3.00 from 1 review)
Sandra King is minimum wage divorcee barely making ends meet, but when she meets beautiful and mysterious young woman named Dee. She finds herself in an adventure that renews her zest for life. Lies, dinosaurs, legends come to life, and a fire that will light all of creation as we know it. Jump aboard the first in many adventures of Doctor Spacewarp!
Thrilling Adventure Episode 1
Price: Free! Words: 3,150. Language: English. Published: January 3, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action, Fiction » African American fiction » General
Thrilling Adventure is an anthology where new characters debut, team ups between existing EBH heroes, and tales that cannot be told in the EBH solo series. This first episode features the team up of Scarlet Tie the openly gay African American hero of Cleveland and Jewish hero the Key-Master and his sidekick, the enigmatic Tyke Teen Of Tomorrow.
The Key-Master and Tyke The Teen Of Tomorrow
Price: Free! Words: 3,220. Language: English. Published: October 31, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Adventure
What happens when a hero holds a terrible secret? Will his every action be judged on his merit or on his past? Key-Master, the second in the Edwards Brand of Heroes.
Scarlet Tie Episode 1 Book 1
Series: Scarlet Tie. Price: Free! Words: 3,410. Language: English. Published: September 22, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » General
Terrell Gibbs, a private practice doctor and LGBT activist uses a magical oni mask and scarlet tie to battle injustice in Cleveland, Ohio. Join in on the ground floor as Terrell deals with prejudice against his fellow members of the LGBT community, try and be a positive role model for LGBT youth, and battle corrupt police officers, politicians, and mystical forces. A new pulp hero for the ages!
Xander Lorde: Brilliant Detective
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 14,800. Language: English. Published: July 27, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural
From the shores of England, a grizzled and worn down Inspector chases after a savage killer whose brute strength and brutality have left a path of destruction in his wake. Aided by an officer from the Cleveland Police Department, Inspector Xander Lorde must unravel the killer's history in order to bypass the political conspiracy designed to halt his investigation.