Name Mike Walsh
Age Old, 66
Where are you from Originally I am from Westfield, Massachusetts, I currently live in Vergennes Vt, due to a promise I made my wife 33 years ago.
A little about your self `ie your education Family life etc I was fortunate to have worked in the computer industry when it was young. I started as a repair technician and ended up working as a Engineering Supervisor with eighteen technicians and Engineers reporting to me. We have two sons and four grandchildren. One son and his family is here in Vermont with us, the other resides in Georgia.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news?
I am happy to mention that I am working on my twelfth story. It is another fantasy.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
My reasons for starting to write were born out of a case of PTSD from when I was in the Army. When our youngest son was diagnosed as a potential SIDS child I had to deal with my emotions somehow so I started writing them down.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
I am not sure that I do consider myself a writer. I am someone that enjoys expressing myself in the printed form.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
Our youngest son being identified as a near-miss SIDS child is what inspired me to write.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style?
Not really. I basically write as I speak,
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
The titles always come to me before I start writing the stories.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Family is the one thing that matters.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic?
Three of my stories are non-fiction. Kaeleb’s Dad , is about our youngest son, Eddie’s Method, the story of one of my friends being murdered whenI was a teenager, and its impacts on me, and Just Some Old Man that discusses the heart issue I have walking around with all of my live. All of these stories are listed in my website: mikesbookgallery.weebly.com
Fiona: Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
Yest the are. Me.
Fiona: What books have most influenced your life most?
I would have to say all of the James Fennimore Cooper books.
Fiona: If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?
There is a long list for that, Cooper, Shakespeare, Dumas, Cervantes, recently I would have to say, Robert Watson and Angie Harris
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
I am not right now.
Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
Definitely, Angie Harris is great at writing fantasy.
Fiona: What are your current projects?
The new book is a sequel to the recently published Wizards of Now.
Fiona: Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.
I can name two, Angie Harris and Robert Watson.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
I see it as something I enjoy and get to leave to my grandchildren as a part of me.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
Fiona: Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
A need to release the emotions that I had kept inside me for years.
Fiona: Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
I hate editing. I am fortunate that I have someone to do that.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
Angie Harris has been designing my last couple of covers. She is really great at it.
Fiona: Do you have any advice for other writers?
Write, write, and write some more.
Fiona: Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
I love writing. There is nothing that can compare to holding your book in your hands for the first time. The only thing that feels better is to have someone tell you that they have enjoyed what you have written.
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone and why ?
He never stopped learning.
Fiona: Other than writing do you have any hobbies ?
Not really. When I was younger I played a lot of sports.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
Many, Arrow, Agents of Shield to name two.
Fiona: Favorite foods / Colors/ Music
Anything Italian for food. Anything other than rap for music, that is strange since I have a good friend who is big in the hip-hop scene.
Fiona: If you were not a writer what else would you like to have done?
Fiona: Do you have a blog/website? If so what is it?