Hi everyone! I hope y’all had a great weekend! Today, I’m so excited to post my first author interview, and today I’m so glad to be sharing with y’all a talented young write, Michael Evans!
I was given the opportunity to read one of Michael’s books towards the end of last year (RTC soon), and I am so excited to be able to feature a writer on my blog!
Essentially this interview is broken up into 3 (4 if you really want to get technical) that includes and introduction about Michael, a section about his writing, and some fun bookish questions!
Tell us about you!
What’s your favorite season/weather?
Summer for sure. I think I will always say that even when I’m out of school just because of the happy memories I associate with that time of year, but I also love the bright rays of sun and heat that typically comes at the time of year.
Do you have any unique talents?
I’m not sure what we define as unique around here, but, yeah, no I got nothing. I think if I were to ever participate in a middle school talent show my talent would be dancing really badly but being so into the music that I won’t let anything stop me.
What type of music to do listen to?
Oh wow, this flowed nicely. My tastes are pretty varied. I really like indie rock music, electronic dance music, and emo rap/alternative rock. Some of my favorite artists are Aries, Ouse, Illenium, and there is this Tiktoker named Jaden Hossler who is quickly becoming one of my favorites.
Do you have any pets?
Yes, a massive fluffy golden doddle named Skye. I love her very much, and she would probably love you at first sight if she got the chance to meet you.
What are some of your favorite hobbies? Any hobbies that you want to try?
I’ll be honest, I have a lot of hobbies I love but none that I do as much as I’d like since I’m way too competitive and work a lot. However, trail running is one of my favorite things and I try to do it each day. I also love exploring abandoned buildings, bridge jumping into water, and walking with my dog on the beach at sunset (very specific, I know). In short, I’m an adrenaline junkie who is also obsessed with climate change and nanotechnology, so I spend a good portion of my life reading books that combine both the science and thriller part of my muse.
What are you planning on studying at college?
That’s a good question that I am yet to fully answer myself. I like to think I have it all planned out, so my current plan would be to major in marketing and double minoring in neuroscience and screenwriting. Those may seem like disparate interests, but they all tie together for my future goals. However, I am definitely keeping an open mind, and there’s a chance that I’ll fully major in screenwriting or even pursue a degree in entrepreneurship. A year from now, I’ll likely have a much better answer to that question.
What books have you wrote?
Too many. Just kidding, I’ll probably die with over 100 novels to my name. For now I’ve published 11 novels. Instead of listing each book I will just state the series that I’ve published (all my books are series), and the respective genre for each series:
- World Gone Mad Series: Planned 7 Books (2 Books Released)
- Conspiracy Chronicles: Planned 9 Books (6 Books Released)
- Control Freakz Series: COMPLETE (3 Books Released)
- P.S. I got about five more series planned out but my fingers can’t keep up with my brain.
What made you decide to become a writer?
I don’t think anything inspired me. Storytelling is innate to me. I’ve been writing books since I was able to read and could not picture my life without having the privilege to create stories.
Who are your biggest influences?
Stephen King for sure, his voice is unbelievable and character development is something I certainly admire. I also take a lot of inspiration from Suzanne Collins, Michael Crichton, and Blake Crouch.
What genre(s) do you write? What about those genres captivate you to what to write about them?
All of my books fall under the umbrella of science fiction thriller, and I anticipate almost all my books will. What I love writing about this genre is that it interests a wide range of readers (as my books almost always have a romantic element to them as well) and I always deal with real issues facing our world just a little out in the future. I like to say I write near future technology scenarios gone wrong and my mission has always been to use the power of story to propel the world to a better future. I believe the genre I write it lends itself better than any other to do just that.
Do you have any special writing habits or anything you must have while writing?
Eh, honestly, no. I’m a pretty simple guy. As long as I have my computer, I can get down to business and crank out some words.
Which part of the book is the hardest to write?
I hope I don’t sound like a jerk saying this, but I don’t find writing all that difficult. As long as one has the discipline to sit down and work hard at it every free moment, it’s really not too hard to get good at it over the course of a few years and a few million words. I feel so lucky to have found what I love, and a day does not feel right to me, until I can get behind the keyboard and write.
When you write your books, do you know how the story is going to happen beforehand or does it come as you write?
I always adapt my stories to changes on the fly as more details about the characters and plot reveals itself to me, but I spend a couple dozen hours plotting out each of my books before I begin. I try to architect novels that keep readers engaged every page and I think that it’s very hard to do that without meticulous planning.
Do you read the finished copies of your books?
I read the final draft of my book to make sure there are no typos (I inevitably miss a few after rounds of my editor and proofreader going over it). I also often go back and revise older editions of my books to bring it up to my current standards. In the month of March, 2020, I completed extensive rewrites on my first six novels, which brought my first book up to its fourth edition.
Ok, I’ll start off easy, what are some of your favorite books?
The Martian by Andy Weir. The Hunger Games by Suzzanne Collins. Divergent by Veronica Roth. The Atlantis Gene by A.G. Riddle. I could keep going all day!
Which 5 characters would be in your close circle of friends?
Clay Jensen from 13 Reasons Why because he is very caring and is always sacrificing for the people around him. Marin Shaw from my World Gone Mad Series would be an awesome friend to have as well. She has a great sense of humor and has great survival skills which would come in handy if we were to be hanging out in any of the fictional worlds I write about. Also, I’d love to be friends with Harry Potter because well, who wouldn’t? Percy Jackson will also always have a special place in my heart, and since I grew up only a few miles from where Camp Half Blood is, I’d love to go one some adventures with him. Another character I’d love to be friends with is Katniss Everdeen. She’s a woman I think everyone could admire and having her protection in some dire scenarios would be nice!
What books are overhyped (and under hyped)?
I definitely have a fair share of books that I think are overhyped, but out of respect for the authors of those works, I’ll choose to share a number of works I believe are underhyped published in the last decade or so. Hugh Howey’s Wool is one of the most underhyped books in my opinion. Although it sold a bazillion copies, I feel that it never got the buzz it deserved being quite possibly one of the greatest apocalyptic books of all time. I also think that all of Shannon Burke’s books are extremely underhyped. He is the creator of the show Outerbanks and a wonderful author I wish more people knew about!
Would you be able to survive in any of the books that you’ve written?
Definitely not! I’d be dead in the first few chapters.
What are some of the books that got you into reading?
Reading was one of those things that was just innate to me. I don’t know if any one book got me into reading in particular because I have read my entire life. However, Percy Jackson really got me into reading at a whole new level and summer reading programs at my local library always kept me coming back for more books.
What are some musts in books for you to like it?
For genre, I love science fiction thriller books, or fast-paced, engaging stories that explore our world in the very near future. I love any book where the world ending is at stake or ones that involve conspiracies and secret organizations. As far as characters go, I always like to have a funny person in the book because I love to laugh. However, my favorite characters are ones that open up my eyes to a type of personality, heritage, or emotional struggle that I have not personally explored in depth.
Before you go…
Where can we find you?
What is something that you wished you knew when you started writing?
That every goal I set will take ten times the work and five times as long as I originally planned. But the reward is one thousand times greater than I ever thought possible.
Any final words before we end the interview?
I feel like I shared a ton about me, but if you want to learn more about me personally, one way to do that would be by subscribing to my Youtube Channel. I have no videos yet, however, for the last year I’ve been practicing and have filmed and edited dozens of hours of video in preparation for the stories that I want to tell this fall. Starting late August, I will be vlogging a number of entertaining and insightful stories and I plan to make Youtube a big part of my life in the future.
I’d like to give Michael a huge thanks for taking the time to answer all of my questions! I had so much fun coming up with them and reading more about you!
If you are an author interested in an interview you can reach out to me, and I’ll try to work something out (a page with information will be up soon)!
Happy reading until next time,