Lately I’ve been reading books where the main character is able to slip into other people’s minds. Liliha in Francene Stanley’s Still Rock Water used this ability to solve crises. On the other hand, the protagonist in Michael Brookes’ novel, The Cult of Me, is devious and destructive, yet somehow engaging.
Curious about the author of such an anti-hero, I had a chance to ask Michael Brookes some questions about himself and his writing:
Where were you born and where do you call home?
I was born up in the north of England, but I now live in the East, in probably the flattest part of the country, near Cambridge.
What is the name of your most recent book and if you had to sum it up in 30 or less words, what would you say?
My latest book is called Conversations in the Abyss. It is about a man who has stolen Lazarus’s miracle and now finds himself imprisoned in a monastery wall.
Do you have plans for a new book? Is this book part of a series?
It is the second book of a trilogy called The Third Path. The first book is also available and called The Cult of Me.
As a writer of dark stories, do you worry that readers might wonder if you, the author, have a dark nature?
I think that probably happens for most horror writers. I have been asked where some of what I write comes from. I hope I’m not as dark as my stories!
Do you have any advice for other writers?
Keep on writing. One of the joys of writing is the constant improvement you can find. Also make sure to listen to other people’s advice, but make your own decisions.
Do you keyboard your writing or write in long hand? Do you outline or free write?
I write on my laptop.I do plan in advance. I like to have the chapters mapped out before I start writing the draft.
Where and when do you prefer to do your writing?
I like to tap away on my latop during the day at the weekends (if I’m not at work).I just wish I could do this everyday.
What contributes to a good writing day?
It depends on what stage of the book I am at, although generally speaking 2 or 3 chapters completed is good progress.
One of your favorite quotes?
I’ve no idea where its from, but I’ve always liked:
“Be nice to other people, they outnumber you 6 billion to one.”
If your book was made into a TV series or movie, what actors would you like to see playing your characters?
I think Gabriel Byrne would make an excellent of playing the Friar.
Where can your readers find you and your books?
You can follow me on my blog: http://thecultofme.blogspot.co.uk/
And on Twitter: @TheCultofMe
Here are my book links:
The Cult of Me: http://www.amazon.com/The-Cult-Third-…
Conversations in the Abyss: http://www.amazon.com/Conversations-A…
An Odd Quartet: http://www.amazon.com/An-Odd-Quartet-…