Name Mikhail Kerrigan
Where are you from? St. Louis
A little about your self `ie your education Family life etc. I live with my wife and two kids, Daemon & Rayven. Daemon is 11 & Rayray is 13 going on 31!
Fiona: Tell us your latest news? I am on track for a Second installment of Wolf’s Blood(arrival), “Wolves’ Blood(plague)” Due out next year
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
I know that I was still young enough that I was still taking bubble baths. I would smudge bubbles in my hands and pretended that they people who had been trapped in an ever closing room until their brains exploded! … in hindsight I could’ve probably used some therapy lol…That night I wrote my first short story about a haunted house and a room that shut in like a trash compactor. I can’t remember ever wanting anything else. In grade school I remember my teacher would let me write & turn in a full story place in place of a book report!
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
I have always considered myself a writer but I guess I really considered myself a writer when I actually finished my first story, “A Long Night”… the one about the haunted house, a demon possession story.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
Like I said I was always writing but I guess the defining moment would be when I watched Friday the 13th Four, The final chapter. Before the advent of fanfiction.com was so upset that Jason was dead I wrote a Friday the 13th part five! I finished my story and was possessed with going to Hollywood! I couldn’t even drive! (If I would’ve been patient they would have brought Jason back anyway lol hindsight is 2020.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style?
I would love to think than I wrote in the style of Anne Rice or my idol, Robert Mccammon, but I think it’s more like Rudyard Kipling
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
The title is an ode to Danzig &when you read my book it is kind of self-explanatory.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest
I don’t know if I would change anything, tell me after book 3 is published, but the concept went from short story years ago morphing into a trilogy so Wolves’ Blood is close to my heart.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
I wanted to transform so badly into a wolf… So I studied all I could about Lycanthropy. I learned several myths and even incantations to become a werewolf. I began to write a short story called “Wolf’s Blood”.
I tried to combine features of The lunatic Peter Stumpp (whose known as Peter Stube, Pe(e)ter Stubbe, Peter Stübbe or Peter Stumpf), he was a werewolf just in his mind to the the beast of Gévaudan & Jean Chastel where The legend of the silver bullet all got started (though in many myths The werewolf is equated with The vampire and silver was a sure fire way to dispatch him) & many, many others.
I had to come up with a way to become a werewolf when you weren’t born one. As far as those who say Lycanthrope can’t do that “in real life” all the information is through myth, legend & the written word & my novel is “written word” It is in this case, it is true. For all those doubters I so love and respect the Lycanthrope legend and I tried to include all things that I love the most. Read the Trilogy and you will see I tried to do the myths justice.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic?
None of it when it comes to the characters but some “facts” are straight out of myths.
Fiona: Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
It is of course a work fiction and the characters cores are made up all in my head. There is of course things partially nonfiction when he comes to the mysteries of the subconscious. A Rudimentary survival instinct flight or fight… As a former Alcoholic I would get plastered till I was on all fours running around the Street and when around on all fours until I tried out and took to hiding… I would see all these Ridiculous things I would not have any control over it. One time I got so drunk only animal instinct remained. My wife says that she can see how many of the characters are based off different facets of my own personality.
Fiona: What books have most influenced your life most? a mentor?
“Wolf’s Hour” by Robert R Mccammon
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
“The Bitter Ends” by Donny Swords & Rereading “A Journey & Darkness Tales Of The Vampire Rodimere” by William Baez
Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
Yes of course! The books I am reading now are by new authors Tj Weeks, Ian Woodhead, Charles Colyott & others
Fiona: What are your current projects?
Viddarr The Last Úlfhéðnar & a short story, “The Flame”
Fiona: Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.
Brian Rogers, a friend of mine who introduced me to the Dragon program.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
Yes&no. While writing is a passion of mine and it cannot be quenched I have a family and I had to food on the table. In grade school when I was just a kid I told my grandmother that I would be a writer even if meant scrubbing toilets for a living. Then a genetic malformation in my head burst, I had a brain bleed… others might call it a curse but I felt blessed.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
I think It is too soon to ask me if there is any changes to be made. Maybe ask me after book 3 is published. Do you recall how your interest in writing originated? Like I said I always wanted to Can you share a little of your current work with us?
Fiona: Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
Ending the story when you get so attached to certain characters you don’t want it to stop
Fiona: Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?
My physical limitations make travel a difficulty (Seizures, left side weakness with limbs that freeze up whenever it’s severe hot or cold. But with the advent of Google Earth I was able to look down the streets and alleyways of Louisiana. I probably know more out the sports team The Louisiana Pointe Coupee hornets then the town itself
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
Partially me, partially my publisher
Fiona: What was the hardest part of writing your book?
Fact checking because although it is an entire work of fiction I wanted the Reader to be caught up in the world of the lycanthrope and in their minds says “this makes sense, this could happen…” you are never too for wonderment.
Fiona: Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
I want them to retain a sense of wonder. I want them to open themselves to the possibility of things that go bump in the night and let their imaginations run free with possibilities and what ifs.
Fiona: Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
Fiona: Do you have any advice for other writers?
Despite what others might think don’t ever throw away any of your work…and most of all do not wait to publish. Do not worry about other authors and if they have similar works to you.
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
Clash of the Titans by Alan Dean Foster August 13, 1981
And I finished the book but my mother was skeptical. She thought I had just seen the movie till I told her pages that weren’t in the movie. When Perseus had to swim the river Styx he had gotten trapped, entangled and it threatened to Drag him under. He was afraid that medusa had come back for him to reclaim her head! Turned out it was just driftwood!
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
That’s funny because since my brain bleed I laugh and cry often! I Where my heart on my sleeve
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone and why ?
No headstone for me would like to be crushed up into a diamond I can be an heirloom and my loved ones can wear me around and remember me
Fiona: Other than writing do you have any hobbies?
Sketching, modeling (sculptures of metal or clay)
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
Too many to list…
Fiona: Favorite foods / Colors/ Music
sushi & Chinese food & Imo’s the square beyond compare! Black and various shades of black. musical taste varies with my mood. When I am writing I listen to The soundtrack to whatever music I think fits the scene. My life as a soundtrack would consist of The Doors, Alice Cooper, Ozzy Osborne, the misfits (pre-Danzig and post), Danzig himself, The Rollins band, Marilyn Manson whatever gets my blood pumping and heart racing.
Fiona: If you were not a writer what else would you like to have done?
That is funny because I’m his head all my life I wanted to be a writer even if it takes one or two jobs to make the ends meet. This saga and my family saved me. I suffered a brain bleed and like some of my characters found myself wounded and helpless. I clawed my way up from the bottom, not without many helping hands, and decided that I would realize my life’s dream. Despite my physical handicap my story sprang to life. It was a painstaking process at first, but the more I wrote (with the help of voice recognition software) the easier it was to express my ideas. My grammar and prose may not be perfect, like my main character, Aticus, and myself, but its driven by fate on a road to endless possibilities
Fiona: Do you have a blog/website? Yes. If so what is it? http://viddarr.wordpress.com
Mikhail Kerrigan’s Wolf’s Blood available https://www.amazon.com/dp/1499073305/ref=cm_sw_r_awd_vs-Vub19ETX09
Paperback, hardback or EBook
There are many myths & legends when it comes to Lycanthropy but it all starts with blood