Name Mike Hartner
Where are you from? Born: Miami, Florida. Living in Vancouver, BC with my wife and son.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news?
The Eternity Series has had a spectacular summer. First, In June, we released book 4: I, Angus. Then we released The Eternity Series Coloring Book in July, and a book of short Stories, A Quiver of Characters, in August. All of them are available online.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
I began writing as a child to express my feelings at points in my life that were very emotional. I continued writing when, years later, a relative challenged me to write down my genealogy. After that, I received the Challenge to write The Eternity Series. That will take some time to fulfill.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
I’m not even sure I do today. But, I think the answer to your question would have to be after the Release of I, Walter in April 2013.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
The Eternity Series, for the large part is a reteling of Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales on a global perspective. So, it’s inspired by Chaucer, by all the other historical fiction writers I’ve read, and by the ultimate battle of good vs evil.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style?
No. I try to write each book individually. Each book’s style is determined by the story of the main character as I transcribe it.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
The titles are the start of anyone’s last will and testament, or oath: “I, (State your name)….”
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
In today’s world, many people create opinions of each other based solely on fashion, politics, or some other materialistic option. I’d like people to understand that you can’t really judge a person unless you understand what they’ve been through.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
That’s more than one question. How much is realistic? I think a lot of it. How much is based on myself, or people that I know? Based on the historical aspects of my stories, I’d say very little, since I live in the present, and we have other ways to do things than they did in the past.
Fiona: What books have most influenced your life most? a mentor?
I have been influenced by a large variety of historical fiction authors: Chaucer, Shakespeare, Verne, Hugo, Twain, and Dumas to name just a few.
To answer who is a mentor? I’d have to say the best mentor is my editor, Robert L. Bacon, who runs www.theperfectwrite.com
Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest and who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
I have a great number of author friend, and could list hundreds of them. Each and every one has a different take on their genre and all are well worth reading. But, here’s a few of them:
Paranormal Fiction: Charity Langley: The Abattoir Series: Wicked Intentions
CyberPunk: Jesikah Sundin: The Biodome Series, all books
Middle Earth Fiction: Selah J Tay-song: Dreams of QaiMaj series.
Post Apocalyptic: Robert L. Slater The Deserted Lands Series.
S.L Dearing The Lia Fail Chronicles
Polish History: James Conroyd Martin: The Poland Chronicles
Women’s Studies: Rachel Thompson: The Broken Series
Battlefield Nurses: Janet Shwago: the Look For Me Series
Comical Mysteries: Wendy Delaney: A Working Stiffs Mystery Series
YA: Gina Ciocca: Last Year’s Mistake
Dahlia Adler: The Daylight Falls Series
Leigh Ann Kopans: One, Two, …
Fiona: Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.
My Editor. Definitely. Robert L. Bacon understood during Book One what I wanted to do, and he’s been on board ever since. Great editor, fantastic mentor.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
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?
My interest in writing came from trying to make sense out my emotions. By writing down things that were happening to me, both good and bad, I came to enjoy writing.
Fiona: Can you share a little of your current work with us?
My current work is Book 5L I, Alice. It is the story of Alice, who was a villain in Book 3: I, Mary, and a sister in Book 4: I, Angus. It should be interesting to see where her life story takes the reader… or even the writer. laugh
Fiona: Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
Finding the time to do it well.
Fiona: Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?
A little, but not much. Most of my travel is in the marketing stage.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
I’ve had a few cover artists: I, Walter’s cover was an artist attached to Brian Schwartz and http://50interviews.com/ . My second artist was Luna Casnaghi, a graphic artist in central America. My latest artist is: Kristine Abigail Morton, and she’s currently in Illinois. All of them are fantastic artists.
Fiona: What was the hardest part of writing your book?
Fiona: Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
Every book is a learning experience. Most often, I’m learning about how to deal with different emotions, lifestyles, and motivations.
Fiona: If any of your books was made into a film who would you like to play the lead?
Personally, I think any one of the books would make a great movie. As a matter of fact, a reviewer once said that about I, Walter. So for a leading man: Brad Pitt, or Pierce Brosnan. For a leading lady: Keira Knightley or Julia Roberts.
Fiona: Do you have any advice for other writers?
Write with passion. Because if there isn’t passion in your writing, there won’t be passion in the reading.
Fiona: Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
Thank you. To all of you who’ve read my books. Thank you. To those who’ve left reviews. Thank you. You are the reasons I write.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
New books by many of the readers in my list of recommends
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
No, but it was probably Harry the Dog. Or one of the Peanuts books.
Fiona: Is there one person past or present you would meet and why?
I would love to meet with any of the authors that I have read. Particularly Mark Twain, or Jules Verne, because they were successful in mixing humor with commentary.
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone and why?
His was a life well lived. Because isn’t that the biggest compliment any of us can ask for?
Fiona: Other than writing do you have any hobbies ?
Cheer-leading for my son’s school and physical pursuits, enjoying time with my family. Shooting pool with my friends. Photographing Eagles.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
NCIS is cureently one of my favorite.s
Fiona: Favorite foods / Colors/ Music:
My heritage is German, and my stomach is Italian. My wife is Chinese, and we love Thai food. So any food is good if it’s well prepared. My favorite colors are primary colors. My favorite music is now referred to as Easy Listening: Springsteen, Diamond, Cash, Buffett, Coe, …
Fiona: If you were not a writer what else would you like to have done?
I have been many things in my life. I’ve taught and tutored, I’ve been a businessman, I’ve worked with computers. Right now, I think Writing will last a while.
Fiona: Do you have a blog/website? If so what is it?
The series website is: www.theEternitySeries.com Anyone wanting to keep up with me can do so at: wwwmikehartner.com and there are reviews and blogs there as well.
Amazon Authors page https://www.amazon.com/Mike-Hartner/e/B009VJQBEA/ref=dp_byline_cont_ebooks_1