Mike Eschbach


I would describe myself as unassuming. I'm the 4th of 5 kids, a Penn State grad, a U.S. Navy vet and an entrepreneur. I've been married since 2002 and just recently I turned fifty years old.

I've been writing fiction informally since I was ten years old. I've outlined and written down ideas for stories in several different genres. It is only as I've gotten older that I've tried to take a stab at actually writing in effort to get published.

I've written in a number of different fictional styles including retrospectives, faith based stories and humor. Right now my efforts are focused on world building in a military fantasy setting.

Fast forward six months...Well, I did it. After much consternation and castigation I downloaded my first story to Smashwords. It seems that despite many attempts to sabotage myself with doubt and fear, I am on my way. Wish me luck and smooth sailing favored readers...and I hope you all like my story.

Smashwords Interview

Who are your favorite authors?
Start with JRR Tolkien. I think every little kid who first reads the Hobbit becomes immersed in Middle Earth. That said, contemporary fantasy has become so broad in scope that it's almost sad to consider that the old Professor's work has somehow become trite. Modern fantasists include Abercrombie, Kristoff, and for a really good time, any of Glen Cook's work. In other genres I like Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan stories and I'm into Brad Taylor's series. As far as female authors, I'm a huge fan of CS Friedman (She just writes consistently great stuff) and Anne McCaffery.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Life happens when we're awake and aware. Many of the most innocent instances offer starting points to great stories. So, as much as I have a busy life, I still try to make time to find those instances.
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Tales of the MERC Part One: The Trial
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 20,550. Language: English. Published: December 7, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Dark
(5.00 from 3 reviews)
Malice and Stout have a problem. Retired heroes of the MERC, they have enjoyed all the benefits that implies. Unfortunately, their son, Hari, decided to follow their lead and enrolled in the MERC Officer Candidate Program without their knowledge. Worse, Hari’s planning to attempt the Trial. Upon learning of her son’s folly, Malice demands that Stout take action. What's an old soldier to do?

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