Happy Friday readers!!
Today I will be featuring Michael K. Rose, author of the Sullivan’s War series! I would like to thank Michael for taking the time to interview with me!! I have enjoyed interacting with him via Twitter and Facebook. He is a very talented writer who is also a joy to talk to! Enjoy! 🙂
Can you tell us a little about yourself?
There’s not much to tell! I’m a writer, mainly science fiction, but I do dabble in other genres as well. I live in the American Southwest and absolutely love to travel! I’ve been to around thirty countries and my ultimate goal is fifty, plus all seven continents.
What inspires you?
Well, I wouldn’t really say I have a “muse,” as such. I get inspired by things I read, of course. Not in the sense that reading gives me story ideas but when I read something that moves me it makes me want to try and do that for my readers. I am a very deliberate reader, I try to visualize what I read, so I tend to easily get caught up in a good story.
How do you maintain your focus? Are you ever hit with writer’s block?
I suffer from “writer’s distraction” more than “writer’s block.” There have been times when I have sat staring at a blank screen but it is rare. I have so many story ideas lined up that I can always find something to write about. I will occasionally take a break from a lengthy project and whip out a short story, just for a change of pace. I often find that I go back to my main project refreshed after that.
What does a typical day of writing consist of?
If I’m going to have a day dedicated to writing I like to be at my computer by nine o’clock. I’ll write until about noon, have a lunch break, then write another three hours or so. After that I’m pretty well spent, creatively. I’m a tea drinker, mainly, and will usually go through a cup an hour while I’m writing.
Who is your favorite author?
I don’t actually have one! I can list several authors that are among my favorites, however. In 19th century literature, I like Henry James, Sir Author Conan Doyle, Jerome K. Jerome. I like the weird fiction of Lovecraft, a lot of the pulp writers from the 30s-50s, like Robert E. Howard. In science fiction I’m a big fan of Asimov and Arthur C. Clarke. I enjoy Stephen King, especially his short stories. Some more current writers I enjoy include Eugie Foster, Benjamin X. Wretlind, David Bain, Jason G. Anderson and Michael J. Foy.
Do you have any advice for aspiring writers (such as myself)?
Well, it’s the same advice you’ll hear from everyone: a writer writes! If that’s what you want to do, you’ll make time for it, no matter what else is going on in your life. I find it helpful to set not daily goals but weekly goals, say 10,000 words. This gives you the flexibility to skip a day if you have to but also know that you might be spending your entire Sunday writing if you slack off! Another piece of advice that I read really struck a chord with me: keep the reader asking questions. If they want to know what happens next, they’ll keep turning the pages.
Can you give us some details on your latest publication, Sullivan’s War: Book 1?
Sure! Sullivan’s War will be a trilogy of novellas. I’m not the type of writer who likes to pad and I wanted this series to have an immediate, fast-paced feel. I thought that the novella was the perfect form to accomplish this: long enough to be satisfying, short enough to keep it from dragging on. Briefly, Rick Sullivan in an ex-soldier from the planet Edaline. He has come to Earth to stop a vote that would have Edaline incorporated into the Stellar Assembly, a UN-type body that governs many of the inhabited planets. It soon becomes clear that his reasons are honorable enough but that doesn’t change that fact that he is willing to do terrible things to accomplish his goals. Special Agent Frank Allen is soon on his trail and ends up chasing him from Earth to the planet Abilene where life is cheap and law and order is non-existent. Book I ends on quite a cliff-hanger and I hope it ends enticingly enough that readers will want to find out what happens!
What will your next release be?
I hope to have Book II of Sullivan’s War released at the end of March or early April. Once Book III is out, the novella will all be put together for a print release around the end of July. My next project after that is called Chrysopteron. This story covers several hundred years and is, briefly, the story of a generation ship that is sent to another planet. Something happens on the ship that starts a new religion and the book is about how that affects the ship’s inhabitants and, later, their descendants. This all sets the stage for another mission from Earth to see what became of the Chrysopteron and her crew.
Out of your characters, which is your favorite?
In Sullivan’s War, I like Agent Frank Allen. Sullivan is kind of the classic anti-hero but I have a hard time relating to that. Allen is the more likable of the two and the character I feel is most like myself.
Where can we purchase your books? How can the readers locate you?
Right now, all my books are available in the Amazon Kindle stores. Sullivan’s War: Book I – All Good Men Serve the Devil, is also available at the Barnes & Noble Nook store. All the links to the stores can be found at my blog. Down the right of the page are my book covers. Just click the one you’re interested in for more information.
You can find me all over the place. Here are some useful links:
My Blog: http://myriadspheres.blogspot.com/
My Twitter Profile: https://twitter.com/#!/MichaelKRose
My Facebook Account: http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000670152582
My Amazon US Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/Michael-K.-Rose/e/B0062EIPN2
My Goodreads Author Page: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5323090.Michael_K_Rose
As always…Happpy Writing!!