Posted on May 24, 2019 at 8:00 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek
Today we’re interviewing fantasy author Michael Timmins.
The Ohio native has two series underway: The Lycan War Saga and the Shards of the Coven.
SADYE: How did you come to see yourself as a writer, and what inspired you to seek publication?
MICHAEL: I’ve always enjoyed writing and would write short stories which I actually submitted to magazines when I was pretty young.
They were atrocious, but I didn’t know any better at the time.
My desire was to always get published, and with the advent and ease of self-publishing, I was able to make my dream into a reality.
SADYE: What have been the most surprising, rewarding, and challenging parts of your writing career?
MICHAEL: The most surprising part of my writing career would have to be all of the processes involved in not only publishing a book but selling a book.
The most challenging part would be editing and promotion. Editing just saps your will to live, and promotion is just so time-consuming with mixed results.
The most rewarding part of my career is when I get approached by a fan of my books and they tell me how much they enjoyed the book and can’t wait for the next one!
SADYE: What has been the most touching or memorable piece of reader feedback you’ve received?
MICHAEL: I think the best reader feedback I have received is when someone reviews your work and they just “get it.”
They are able to pick up on exactly what you were trying to do and where you are going with it.
It’s nice to know when you have actually conveyed the story you wanted to tell.
SADYE: What advice, as relates to your writing career, would you give your younger self?
MICHAEL: Start earlier. Write, write and write. Just get it done.
SADYE: What experience in your past or general aspect of your life has most affected your writing?
MICHAEL: One of my biggest influences on my writing was probably being a Dungeon Master for my group of D&D players.
Having to create a narrative in order to progress them through the story helped me develop not only my ability, but my desire to tell more stories.
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