Here’s what Spotlight is about; it’s an interview that promotes you! It will feature questions that are formatted to your needs. Questions will be focused on your work, upcoming work and some personal [but not intrusive] questions for your fans to get to know you more!
Today features Michael Brown
From left to right are Michelle, Erin, Nicole, then Michael.
About your writing;
When did you start writing?
It was 4th or 5th grade when I began playing Dungeons and Dragons and reading and writing stories of fantasy, that is when it all started for me.
What inspires you to write?
The great stories themselves. Specifically The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings, just love those books.
How has writing changed you as a person?
It has made me a more thoughtful person, not to say that I am kinder but I am thinking all the time. I am always thinking of my stories in some capacity.
Adding some fun;
If you spend the rest of your life in a novel or novel series, what novel would it be and why?
Lord of the Rings, without a doubt. The places in the book are fraught with danger, but also so beautiful at the same time. Seems like life there would be so much more exciting.
Share a couple of your favorite things and or things you like?
I love to play ice hockey, it is such a great release of stress. I also enjoy yoga for the same reason, also taking relaxing bike rides with my wife and daughters.
What couldn’t you live without?
My wife, Nicole and daughters Michelle and Erin. Everything I do, I do for them.
In the literacy world who do you think is a misunderstood character and why?
To be honest, I can’t think of any.
Have you read anything that made you think differently about writing?
The Hero with a Thousand Faces, by Joseph Campbell. All of Campbell’s books really changed the way I looked at the world and how I thought of everything. After reading Hero, that was when I really started writing with the intent of publishing.
Is there a character that annoys you in the literacy world? Or even one of your own?
Can’t think of any.
What do you look for in a publishing company as they will end up representing your work?
I would want a company that would have both our best interests in mind while keeping my stories in their most original form.
How do you stay confident in yourself especially by putting yourself out there in the internet world?
I think being yourself is the best policy. That way, no matter what happens, you will always be sincere.
How do you handle rejection? What advice can you offer to moving past it?
I think of all the great stories of our time and all the times those stories were shot down. I believe J.K. Rowling was turned away twelve times! What a shame it would have been if she gave up after the tenth time.
Do you have any advice to give to aspiring writers?
Don’t ever give up. No matter what, keep writing. I wanted to give up on my work so many times and did put it down for several months at one point. The feeling that came over me when I wrote the last scene was rapturous! I am so glad I listened to my wife and saw it to the finish.
Featuring your work and or upcoming work;
Tell us about your book [s]
She is a modern Faerie tale. It follows Colleen and her friend Erin on a journey of self discovery. Colleen undergoes some traumatic events which awaken powers buried deep within her. I don’t want to give away too much.
Who is your favorite character and why? [If you can share without spoiling your work]
I think Erin is my favorite character, she is one of those people that won’t take any guff and will tell you like it is no matter what. I think we all wish we were more like her.
What character do you hope readers understand?
I hope they understand Colleen. For one she is the main character and it’s important that readers relate to her but there is also a long period of time in book one where she is just a mess and I hope I rendered that in a realistic way.
Do you have a favorite part of your own book (s) ?
I love the scene that plays out at the rest stop. Colleen and Erin are confronted by a group of thugs and what happens there is dark and exciting.
Choosing a character or even yourself, can you give us a sample playlist of music that would follow said person?
I don’t really think of music in my stories too much, but if you were to follow me around you would almost always hear The Sword and or Clutch.
Have you had trouble writing about any of your characters?
It was a real challenge writing from a female point of view, which is funny because almost all the characters in my book are female.
What would you like readers to get from your book (s) ?
I would like readers to enjoy the stories and the characters and maybe think of magic as something possible.
In your book (s) what had been the hardest challenge you’ve faced so far?
Like I said earlier, I put the whole project down for several months. The biggest challenge for me has been to stick with it and to finish it.
How is this world a better place because of your books?
I think it is vitally important in our culture to understand and appreciate the power of the female. The whole world is female, all the old cultures understood this. Our culture is only just beginning to highlight the heroin and feature strong female characters in books and stories. That was one of my goals in writing this book.
If you could meet any of your own characters, who would (they / it) be?
Great question, and actually since the character Erin is based on my actual daughter Erin, I get to hang out with her every day!
If you had to write a scene for a character of your choice that would put them in an awkward situation how would it go?
First thought that popped into my head was picturing Gimli the dwarf as a contestant on Dancing with the Stars. That would be their best episode ever.
What do you to for marketing?
I am just beginning to get into that phase of the project. I have an author page on Facebook and a website that I just set up, there will be other avenues in the near future.
Promote your books in a sentence or less 🙂
Faeries are not like Tinkerbell.
What are you working on now?
I am currently working on book two in the Legacy of the Sidhe series. I am presently around three thousand words into the first draft.
I am also working on a joint project with Felicia Starr which is just in its infancy, but look for updates in the future.
My daughters and I are doing research on a book about aliens as well.
Michael Brown’s Links
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