Welcome to my blog interviews with novelists, poets, short story authors, scriptwriters, biographers, agents, publishers and more. Today’s is with novelist and short story author Michael Brookes. A list of interviewees (blogged and scheduled) can be found here. If you like what you read, please do go and investigate further.
Morgen: Hello, Michael. Please tell us something about yourself, where you’re based, and how you came to be a writer.
Michael: My name is Michael Brookes, by day I work as a Producer for a video games company. Games are one of my passions, along with reading and writing which occupy the rest of my time. It’s like having two jobs, but I love both of them.
Morgen: I just have the one (unless you class writing and blogging as two) and I adore it (them). What genre do you generally write and have you considered other genres?
Michael: Currently I’m writing in the supernatural / horror genre, however I like to take from a variety of genres when writing a story. I also have a sci-fi epic I want to finish sometime.
Morgen: 300 words a day is 100,000 words a year so maybe you could do both. 🙂 What are you working on at the moment / next?
Michael: I’m currently working a collection of short stories as well as Conversations in the Abyss, the sequel to The Cult of Me. I like writing the odd short story, it’s nice to explore a story idea without the commitment of a full novel.
Morgen: I love odd short stories. 🙂 Do you manage to write every day, or ever suffer from writer’s block?
Michael: I’m fairly disciplined, during the week I write for at least 2 hours in the evening. At the weekends that increases to 5 or 6 hours a day. I think establishing a routine is important to completing work.
Morgen: It certainly helps and I’m sure you can get a fair chunk done in those allotted hours. What’s your favourite / least favourite aspect of your writing life? Has anything surprised you?
Michael: My favourite aspect of writing is telling the story. While I work hard on the actual craft of writing, it’s the story that matters most to me. Proof reading is probably my least favourite part. An essential part of the process, but definitely not as much fun as the first draft.
Morgen: Editing and research are mine, although the internet makes the latter much easier. What advice would you give aspiring writers?
Michael: Go for it. Bull your way through the first draft. For me the first draft is getting the story down. The edit passes are where you worry about how it reads. Also, write for yourself, if you enjoy it then others will too.
Morgen: “Bull your way”, I love that. 🙂 Where can we find out about you and your writing?
Michael: My blog is a good place to check on my latest news and musings: http://thecultofme.blogspot.co.uk. The Cult of Me is available from Amazon as an e-book: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B008O7ZVXW and paperback: http://www.amazon.com/dp/1479148776.
Morgen: Thank you, Michael.
I then invited Michael to include a synopsis of his book…
The Cult of Me is the story of man who can invade people’s minds. He has done so for years, tormenting those around him at his whim. Finally he tires of the game and intends a final blood stand. While in prison he discovers he isn’t as unique as he thought.
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