Hey Everyone! Welcome to our first edition of our little segment we plan to call We Love The Indies. This is part of our #LetsReadIndie Challenge where we plan to spotlight/interview different indie authors to inspire one of you to read their books!
Today I am interviewing Michael Reid author of the recently released “The Beyond Experience“. RaeAnne will have an excerpt posted on her blog so when you’re done reading the interview here be sure to head over to her blog.
Welcome Michael Reid!
If you could describe The Beyond Experience in three words, what would they be?
Emotional, suspenseful, thought-provoking
How did you come up with the concept for The Beyond Experience?
I didn’t. It came to me. I was sitting one day and the idea of a doctor discovering a cure for anxiety and depression crept into my mind. I allowed the story to build in my mind, over and over developing itself, allowing it to get as wild as it wanted; and then I started to write. The characters took the story to places I’d never even thought of during my initial outline. It was truly incredible.
What did you find the most challenging writing The Beyond Experience? The easiest?
The most challenging, was being able to balance the religious symbolism. I find a lot of religious themes in books to be overbearing, forceful, driven concepts which often distract the reader and appears preachy. The religious themes in this book are necessary to help propel the story, but they are subtle and tasteful, which I’m happy about.
The easiest, was allowing the characters to experience the emotion, the closure that came from the treatment. I’ve gone through quite a bit of loss in my life, and I hadn’t realized how much of it was put on paper during this novel. I think that’s why the emotion of the characters is so pure.
The Beyond Experience is your second novel, how was publishing The Beyond Experience different from Debt Of Fear? What things did you learn from publishing both novels?
Much easier by ten-fold. I had a team in place for The Beyond Experience, I knew the timing of when to start editing, cover design, and promoting.
What I’ve learned in general, is writing is the easy part. I am NOT a salesman in any way. Getting word out about my novels has been difficult, foreign, and it’s still a work in progress. I’ve learned web design, indesign, editing tricks, book layouts, how to generate files for kindle, for print, and the list goes on and on. It’s been a tremendous learning curve which I think I’m starting to wrap my head around…maybe.
The Beyond Experience and Debt of Fear are different genres, what other genres would you like to explore in the future?
I love this question, because I think it cuts to the heart of what being indie is all about. Indie allows you to write what you want, when you want to (sort-of).
I have plans for a stand-alone novel in the genres of historical fiction/psychological thriller. The title, One Soldier’s Kingdom, a piece set in post WW-II Chicago, and will likely be my first project told in the first person. It’s gonna be intense, and you’ll never see the end coming. That’s a guarantee.
I’ve been working on another series featuring a dystopian future, but we’ll see where that goes.
The most intimidating project I have is a biographical concept featuring someone very close to me. Mickelo Pete from Market Street (think Tuesday’s with Morrie meets the Hatfields and McCoys, and splash in a bit of Blow).
Do you have a writing routine? Example, do you outline, listen to specific music or have a special time of day that you can write.
My routine is this: Boom! An idea hits me, and my mind CANNOT quit obsessing over it for days if not weeks. If I think the idea is good and progressing, I’ll write down a simple outline, basically 1 or 2 sentences highlighting each major plot point. From there, I let the story write itself, using the characters to drive the story, often times they surprise me and I have to rework the outline. I’ve been told my characters are “genuine, real, relatable,” and I think that comes from the fact that I try and allow them their own voice.
As far as time of day, I’m usually burning it at both ends, working through the day at my full-time job, and writing into the early morning hours.
What projects do you have planned for 2017? Can you share just a bit about them?
I have two projects slated for this year, both of them being part of the Logan Falcone Series. The first book, Debt of Fear, introduces most of the characters you see in the subsequent books.
Sins of the Father is my first project of 2017. President Pierce is facing a difficult reelection after the terrorist attacks which highlighted his first term. His platform is focused on how they’ve successfully eliminated terrorism with his advanced cyber watch network. However, Logan knows the truth. His assault team suffers a devastating loss at the hands of a terrorist cell, causing Logan to push Samantha away and focus on revenge. Logan welcomes death in an all-out war to avenge the loss of his friend. Air strikes fail, rescue missions are conducted but frustratingly the terrorists keep coming. Logan presses harder, but when even more personal loss is threatened, he seals his own fate. America’s only hope comes from an untrustworthy source; someone they’ve already caught once. Will this be another betrayal, or has he truly come home?
Trojan Horse will be the 3rd installment in the series, and will add more twists into the series, and focuses on an all-out cyber attack on the U.S.
If things go INCREDIBLY well, I’ll also try and get a first draft of One Soldier’s Kingdom finished. I genuinely cannot wait to finish that incredible story. I started it early in 2016, but The Beyond Experience came at me very strong and I felt that story needed to be told first.
Where can readers learn more about you, your books and upcoming projects?
I try to keep my website updated with the latest information. I also have a newsletter, which anyone can sign up for on my website. I don’t spam with it, basically send out an email every quarter, updating everyone with exciting news or upcoming events. I’m pretty active on social media as well.