Michael A. Diamond is an up and coming author from northern Illinois, where he lives with his dog Zelda. All his titles can be found at www.thediamondwriting.com.
“Tales of Greatness” began in 2011 as a gaming blog. It evolved into a series of short stories based around characters who unearthed items of amazing power. These tales led to the creation of Origins of The Black Idol, the first book in the “Mythos Division” series of novels.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
The first story I really invested my time and energy into, was based on characters from some of my tabletop gaming experiences. I began writing that series between my 8th and 9th grade years in school. I kept it in a large purple spiral, which became tattered and worn over the months I scribbled into it.
The characters were caught up in illegal activities, in hopes of getting enough money to pay the people they owed. Sadly, I lost the spiral near the end of 9th grade when someone broke into my locker and dumped all the contents of it as part of a prank. It was a big loss for me and I almost didn't go back to writing because of the pain.
What is your writing process?
I start with a basic idea. An inception point where the rest of the story will circle around. After that I usually let the idea roll around for a day or so, and I make notes. The big reason I do this is to make sure an idea is worth the time I could invest in it. Not all of my ideas are worth that time, and it took me time to understand that.
Once I come to the point where I commit to writing a story, I sit down and outline it from beginning to end. I need the structure that an outline provides me, because as a writer, 've found its easy to get off the path once the feel of a piece hits me.
An artifact hidden for centuries
A power man was not meant to wield
A horror unlike anything ever unleashed
Graduate student Julius Godom uncovers the legend of a mysterious artifact rumored to hold the key to human understanding. He sets off on a journey that will take him around the world to India during the Roaring Twenties, chasing the only thing that will quench his thirst for knowledge.