Michael Embry is the author of eight novels, three nonfiction sports books and a short-story collection. He was a reporter, sportswriter and editor for more than 30 years. He's now a full-time novelist. He lives in Frankfort, Ky., with his wife, Mary, and two Chorkies, Bailey and Belle.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
I'm generally an early riser but I must confess that my two Chorkies, Bailey and Belle, are the biggest inspiration for getting out of bed. They make me! But I also write in the pre-dawn hours since I find it rather quiet, especially after the dogs do their business and eat. I try to write two to three hours, and longer if I don't run out of mental energy.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I enjoy spending time outdoors, usually hiking or walking. I also like family time since I have a supportive wife, two wonderful sons and daughters-in-law and three beautiful granddaughters. And then I have my two Chorkies (a mix of Chihuahua and Yorkshire terrier), Bailey and Belle, who also demand some of my time. Other than that, you'll usually find me reading, both fiction and nonfiction.