Today, we have Michael Walsh with us for Author in the Spotlight.
About the Author:
Michael was born and raised in Westfield, Massachusetts. He is happily married to his wonderful wife Debra, and has been for 33 years. Together they have two wonderful sons and five grandchildren. Both he and his wife have lived in multiple locations throughout the country. Currently, Mike and his wife reside in the "smallest city" in Vermont due to a promise he made her prior to their marriage thirty years ago.
He was also a war veteran who served his country proudly. He spent many years working in the computer industry. He then took a stab at writing and has written more than 13 books.
For a list of books written by him, see "More Books By This Author Page".
After chatting with Michael and asking him questions, here is what he had to say.
1.) What inspired the author to write books?
My inspiration for writing comes from our grandchildren. Through my writing I get to leave something of myself for them.
2.) What was the hardest part to write in the books?
For me the hardest part is anything emotional. I am normally not the one that shows emotion. In my writing I manage to do it. It surprises me.
3.) Do you outline?
I do not outline. I did on my first couple of stories. I found as I was writing I didn't follow it. Since then I found it better, for me, to not do it. Typically, before I start a story, I know the beginning and the end of it. I let the story drive the rest.
4.) What is your routine?
I usually try to write when I am alone. Usually when my wife is at work and our nine year old grandson is at school. I often have some soft rock or classical music playing in the background.
5.) Who is your favorite author?
I would have to say James Fennimore Cooper and Tom Clancy, Angie Harris writes a great fantasy.
6.) What do you do when you are not writing?
I am retired while my wife, who is younger than I am still works. Consequently, I take care of the house while she works and babysit for our nine year old grandson during the week.
7.) How did you choose the genre you write in?
The first chapter of my first book was written in 1982. I knew then as the events were unfolding that I would some day tell the story. Twenty-seven years later I finally did it. It was the emotions of that story that prevented me for that long. The story was Kaeleb's Dad, the story of our youngest son being a near-miss SIDS child.
I initially wrote non-fiction. It was easy for me to describe events in my life. I changed to writing fantasy after that only because the stories came easily to me.
8.) Do you have a new book coming out soon?
My latest book is The Wizards Return. It is the final story to the Wizards of Now. It just came out in 12/14.
9.) What advice do you have for someone who would like to become a published writer or
The biggest piece of advice I would give is to be patient. It doesn't happen overnight. Don't be afraid to try and to learn. It is the only way you will progress as a writer.
More Books By Mike Walsh:
- Whetstone Chronicle
- Largo of the Whetstome Chronicle
- James of Elan
- Knights of Forever
- Key of Wands
- Time of Now
- The Wizards of Now
(3 books in 1)
- The Wizards Return
- Kaeleb's Dad
- Just Some Old Man
- Eddie's Method
You can find more books by Mike Walsh on Amazon or visit his website:
You can also find him on Facebook; he'd love to hear any feedback from you on his books.