Chris Michael Ollila writes under the pen name of Chris Michael. He lives in Canton, Georgia with his wife and step-children. Chris grew up in the Upper peninsula of Michigan and moved to Texas when he realized how cold it was. He has lived in the south ever since.
How are the sales of The Melting Man going?
Surprising well actually. I realized that once I wrote the novel and decided to go the indie publishing route I had no idea how to market it. Fortunately some very nice people are giving me some guidance and advice so word is spreading. It hasn't hurt that I've gotten some great reviews on Amazon so far.
What was your biggest stumbling block in writing the book?
Fear. Almost everyone who knows me would describe me as somewhat cocky but deep down inside I was afraid the book might really suck. Don't get the wrong impression, I thought it was pretty good but I wrote it. What would it say about the book if I thought it sucked? Not much. But there was a large amount of fear that kept me from publishing for over a year. My wife and children wouldn't let it go though. They kept after me to publish it so I took a leap of faith.
The Melting Man is a fast paced thriller that pits men against each other, but also against their own demons and imperfections. Agent Matt Maki and Chris Keast would never meet in a perfect world. Criminals like the Melting Man get caught in a perfect world. Children don't get cancer in a perfect world either, but this is not a perfect world.