Michael Dalton is a professional journalist and editor who writes erotic fiction and other works for readers of discriminating tastes.
Michael wrote his first piece of fiction in third grade, for which he was immediately accused of plagiarism by his teacher. His first piece of erotica--which has thankfully been lost to the mists of time--came a few years later.
Since then, he has been writing more or less steadily, interrupted only by occasional demands of work and family.
Michael enjoys writing across genres, and often mixes science fiction, fantasy, erotica, and alternate history into richly plotted and detailed novels.
Michael lives with his family and multiple pets in Southern California.
What is your writing process?
Just about every piece I've written began with a random idea that stuck in my head. It's rarely if ever the beginning of the story; in some cases, it's been the very end of it. I have to let it germinate for a while to see if it has potential, and if it still appeals to me, I start trying to built a story around it. I almost always do this in my head first, just letting things unfold. I won't start writing until it feels like the idea has really grabbed me as something I want to experience. I have to have that goal in mind to start writing; that's what keeps me going. Eventually, I'll come up with a way to start the story, and only then will I actually sit down and start typing.
Once I begin writing, it often comes very fast. Getting 10,000 words down in a single day is not unusual, because by the time I start, I've usually got a ton of prose piled up in my head wanting out. I wrote the first draft of The Hunt, which I'm getting ready to release, in less than a week. Of course, that first draft isn't anything that's ready to publish. I have to do a lot of proofing and polishing, because when you write that fast, you end up with a lot of typos and missing words. So I typically spend more time revising than I spent writing.
I generally don't know how I'm going to end a book until I'm well into writing it. I find that I can't start out with the entire book in mind. I have to let it come the way it wants to, and things evolve substantially as they take shape on the page. Many times, that original idea will have changed quite a bit by the time I get there. More than once, I've gotten there only to realize it no longer even works at all; I've written a different story than I meant to. That process of discovery is one of the things I love about writing.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I've lived all over the country: East Coast, West Coast, the South. For vivid writing, you need vivid details, and there's no replacement for experience. Especially with dialogue, you need exposure to different voices.
I enjoy going back to the places I've lived and visited in my writing. In many ways, writing about them has given me new perspective on them.
Jimmy and Kim's relationship has deepened and grown, but the future remains uncertain. Does staying together mean shutting out the rest of the world? Is there room for anyone else? Jimmy and Kim meet a young woman who might be that someone, but is there room in her life for them? And with Jimmy needing to make a choice about his life after college, is there even a way to make any of this work?
Jimmy's stepmother has discovered his relationship with his stepsister Kim, but is strangely just fine with it. The mystery deepens when his stepmother reveals her membership in a swinging club, and a friend's desire to have a baby—with Jimmy's help. Jimmy is called upon to impregnate several of his stepmother's friends, and Kim soon wants in on the action.
Jimmy and his big-breasted stepsister Kim have been enjoying each other's company for months—until Kim's cousin Julie demands an explanation for Kim's unexplained breast growth. With Jimmy's help, Julie embarks on her own diet hoping to duplicate Kim's success. But Kim when grows jealous, she and Julie need to find a way to share her stepbrother—whether he wants to or not.
College student Jimmy's little stepsister Kim is desperate to do something about her undersized chest. So when Jimmy suggests what he says is the perfect "dietary supplement," Kim is ready to believe him. But Jimmy's prank on his naive step-sibling backfires when she expects him to begin supplying the goods. And when some unexplained growth begins, Jimmy has no way out except continued production.
San Diego lawyer Cassandra Dunne is trapped in a world she wants no part of, with a father whose career has controlled the entire trajectory of her life. But when she is yanked out of this existence by a dark man with a terrifying past, she must re-rexamine everything she thought she understood about herself and her father.
Seven stories, short and long. An American lawyer in Paris meets a French woman with an unusual entanglement. A grad school TA falls in love with a student in his section but can't date her. A frustrated wife takes out her frustrations on the yard boy, with some unexpected results. A washed-up ex-cop must team again with the woman who broke his heart to solve a baffling mystery.
Dallas lawyer Caitlyn Cahill's perfect life is destroyed when she’s falsely accused of an affair with a married partner. Unemployable and deeply in debt, Caitlyn is offered a twisted way out—but what she thinks will be an easy $1 million instead leads her into a relationship with a man who is nothing like what she expects, and whose needs are beyond anything she has experienced before.
A young woman named Ashley MacMacmillan is haunting the darker reaches of the net in search of things even she does not fully understand. She finds what she thinks she wants in a virtual reality laboratory run by a wealthy but reclusive scientist, who is exploring his own darker desires in this virtual world.
What if you could have everything you wanted with a single thought? How far would you go? College English professor Victor Hayes has an ordinary life that abruptly goes haywire one day when his fantasies begin taking life. For Victor has been caught up in something much older than him, something that will give him his every desire--but at a price.
Matt Richardson has two lives: one as a successful investment banker, the other haunting the dark corners of Los Angeles in search of something even he does not fully understand. He finds what he thinks he’s looking for in Amanda O’Connell, a beautiful young woman with secrets of her own and a shadowy connection to the Republican Presidential nominee.
What do you do when the love of your life needs more than you can give her? For Kevin and Faith, what begins as a harmless diversion in college soon awakens things that cannot be suppressed forever. As they build their life together, Kevin has to decide whether keeping Faith happy is worth letting his darkest impulses into the light of day.
What if the love of your life isn't allowed to love anyone at all? Manhattan lawyer Tom Dempsey has a pedigreed background—a wealthy father and a grandfather who's a federal judge—but it isn't enough for the woman he wants.