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Feature Friday!! Author, Michael K. Rose

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!!


Kristin’s ROW80 Check-In for 01/25/12

Happy Wednesday fellow writers!

Whew, it has been another chaotic week for this girl!  I have been on the house hunt for almost a week now, rushing around after working hours to find the perfect home.  It has been hectic!  I haven’t been getting in until after nine in the evenings, so you can imagine how I have been scurrying around trying to keep to my normal, daily routine.  🙂

Here is the breakdown for the first part of the week!

Monday-  I managed to get out 129 words toward my short story. **WOO HOO**  I also wrote out some more ‘future’ ideas, hoping to eventually get around to them. 🙂

Tuesday-  Yesterday wasn’t very promising.  Due to my exhaustion and inability to focus, I wrote for 20 minutes and crashed!  (I did manage to get en entire 8 hours of sleep last night)

Wednesday-  Today has been a little better.  I get an hour for lunch and wrote for 45 minutes of it!  After work, I plan on writing up this week’s blog and hope to work on my story a little more.  This has been the longest short story to write!! 🙂

After a lot of consideration, I have decided to tweak my goals just a little!  Reality is a little crazy for me right now, but I am determined to find a good routine.


1.  Instead of forcing an hour of writing every evening, I am going to shoot for 100 words per day!  I’ve discovered that is an easier feat!  Slowly yet surely…

2.  I will keep my blog posting to twice a week; however, they may not fall on Mondays and Fridays. Plus, I’ve decided to do an author feature (either weekly or bi-weekly).  **This excludes my ROW80 updates and Six Sentence Sunday posts**

3.  I’m still shooting for the completion of my story!  (I know, pathetic!)  The timing is still uncertain. 🙂

4.  I plan on writing 2 more flash fictions.  One is already in the works!

5.  I’m going to be commenting more on other blog sites and doing more with RTs on Twitter!  I love to interact with other writers, so please feel free to follow me on Twitter ( I FOLLOW BACK) or look me up on Facebook.

As for my fellow ROW80ers, I do read your check-ins and try to keep up with other posts.  I apologize if I haven’t commented very much!  I try to catch up throughout the week via Android, so commenting can get a little tedious!!

I am so proud of everyone who is maintaining their goals!  Mixing writing into reality can become a challenge!!  Kudos to all!

~Happy Writing~