Michael Diamond

Biography

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.

Smashwords Interview

Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes.

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.
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Books

Agents of the Beyond
Price: $5.75 USD. Words: 104,030. Language: English. Published: July 17, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
Set in the far flung future of Monte Cook Games Numenera setting, three different souls are pressed into action when their homeland comes under attack by a tyrannical religious order and their dreams of conquest. Along the way they must learn to work together as alchemically created mutants and crazed machines seek to stop them. A billion years in the future, the Ninth World hangs in the balance.
Shattered Gods
Price: $3.95 USD. Words: 90,210. Language: English. Published: November 25, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
Book Two of the Mythos Division Series finds Julius in Munich, desperate to locate a previously unknown Egyptian artifact. Mysterious forces assail him from every direction, including inside his own mind. Can he succeed in retrieving another powerful artifact, or will its power fall into the wrong hands?
Origins of the Black Idol
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 53,400. Language: English. Published: October 14, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action, Fiction » Horror » Occult
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.

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