Question: How long have you been writing?
I think I have always been a writer. I have copies of stories published in school literary anthologies from 6th, 7th and 8th grade. In high school I submitted something every year and only got accepted twice!
I wrote my first full-length novel thirty years ago. I’ve also written movie and music reviews for magazines.
In the past five years I have really gotten serious about writing though.
Question: What was the name of the first book you ever published, and when was it published?
"Diamonds and Cole" published in 2013'.
Question: Was this book published by a publisher; or did you self-publish?
I was fortunate enough to be put in contact with a terrific Science Fiction writer/editor, David VanDyke, who is self-published and very successful. He was kind enough to take me under his wing and guide me through the mine field of self-publishing.
I had pretty much shelved my manuscripts because I couldn’t get much passed “Hello”, with most traditional publishers and agents.
Self-publishing I believe is the future of literature. There are a lot of terrific writers out there with a lot to say, and self-publishing is a great way for their voices to be heard.
Question: Tell our readers about this very first book. (For example: What was the inspiration for writing it, and what was it about)?
It actually started when I was driving down the street listening to a song on the stereo. By the time I got to work I had the story pretty much put together in my head. I remember racing in, turning on the computer and practically chanting the plot waiting for it to boot up! I sat down and in about fifteen minutes had a pretty solid outline.
Now four books later, I am happily releasing the "Cole Sage Mystery Series" on Amazon Kindle.
Question: Can a person still buy this book? If so, where?
Yes, "Diamonds and Cole" is available on Amazon Kindle worldwide.
Question: How many total books have you published?
Two so far, and a third will come out on, or about, November 5th 2013.
Question: List all of your titles.
"Diamonds and Cole" (Sept.2013) Five 5 Star Reviews
"Cellar Full of Cole" (October 2013) 5 Star Review
Question: Any future writing projects in the works? If so, tell us about it, and any pertinent dates to go with it.
I have a short story titled "Return of the Bride" that will be part of an anthology coming out in November 2013'. Watch my Author pages for information on that one.
I have put a novella, I’m trying to get feedback on called "Three Nails", on my blog: http://www.Michaelmaxwellauthor.blogspot.com It's a freebie that may, or may not get Kindled!
A project I am really excited about is a spin-off series I’ll be collaborating with the prolific Sci-Fi author, David VanDyke based on a character from the "Cole Sage Mysteries". Her name is California Corwin, an ex-cop with a passion for fast cars, guns, and Indian food. How’s that for a teaser?
Then the Cole Sage Saga continues with:
"Cole Dust" (December 2013)
"Shot of Cole" (Early 2014)
Question: What is the title of your current book, and tell us a little about it.
The October release "Cellar Full of Cole" finds Cole Sage moving to San Francisco, but before he can get out of Chicago he gets pulled into a nasty web of child abuse, blackmail, and sexual harassment. He hardly gets his feet on the ground in San Francisco, before he’s involved in trying to solve the murder of several young girls. This tale of two cities exposes the soft white underbelly of human trafficking and child pornography, and finds our hero going outside the law to protect those he loves.
Last question, if someone comes across this article and reads it, what would you like to tell them about why you think they should try reading your book or books? ()?
This will sound funny on the heels of the description for "Cellar Full of Cole", but I have tried to fill a niche in the market for people who want an edgy mystery/thriller minus the usual gratuitous sex, profanity, and violence.
Cole Sage is a throwback to real heroes with a strong moral compass, and a steely resolve that makes him someone men wish they could be, and women wish they had. I think "The Cole Sage Mystery Series" is what a lot of people are looking for and I think the reaction to these books is bearing that out.
Anything else you'd like to add that I didn't ask you, but you would like to share with our readers?
They can find out more about me on Facebook at:
My Amazon Author page: www.amazon.com/author/michealmaxwell
Follow my adventures on Twitter at:https://twitter.com/MicLeeMaxAuthor
I really look forward to hearing what people think of the "Cole Sage Series" and the upcoming projects this fall.
Thanks for this great opportunity to let people know what I’m all about.
BLOG WRITER'S NOTE TO AUTHOR: You sound like your have quite the series. I have to tell you that I agree totally about what you said in regards to self-publishing. I feel that the Internet and technology has made publishing a book an even field for all of us who want to share our love of writing and story-telling with the world. Good Luck with your future writing projects, and thanks for the interview.