Hello and welcome to my blog, Author Interviews. My name is Fiona Mcvie.
Let’s get you introduced to everyone, shall we? Tell us your name. What is your age?
My name is Michael Noe
Fiona: Where are you from?
Fiona: A little about your self (ie, your education, family life, etc.).
I’m pretty boring. I am three kids who are 15, and 25 and I have a grandson on the way.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news.
I have a new novel in edits now so that should be coming out soon. It’ll be interesting to see how people react to it because it’s quite different than the stuff I normally write
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
The when would be sixth grade. I was reading Pet Sematary and I loved the book, loved how dark it was. Before that I’d been writing stories for class, but once that lightbulb went off I knew what I wanted to be when I grew up.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
That’s hard to answer because it’s always been such a huge part of me.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
I’m a huge horror fan and was influenced by slasher films along with Stephen King and Richard Laymon. Creating Legacy was a bunch of different ideas melding together. I wanted to create a serial killer novel that focused on the killer and nothing else. I felt it was important to get inside his head and the best way to do that was to do it in journal form.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
I’m not a big fan of thinking of titles. I usually name the story in demo form and then just write it. Sometimes a better idea will come along but it’s usually just something that I feel suits the story and I go with that.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?
I started out in extreme horror and then branched out a bit. I’m all over the place so the challenges for me are figuring out what works in the story without worrying about the rules of whatever genre I write in. A lot of writers spend so much time trying to figure out what the readers like the story suffers because they’re holding back.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
Each of my books contains something realistic. There’s a piece of me in everything I write.
Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?
I usually just get an idea and run with it. My brain sends me pieces of a story and I then try and figure out the rest. I sometimes get an ending, or a middle which can be frustrating, but challenging as well.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
Michael Fisher for the JEA stuff and Kasey Hill for Azoth Khem stuff. I’ve been fortunate to have some really cool covers
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
I’m not that type of writer. If they learn something from my work that’s great, but I don’t want to try and change people’s opinions or lead them into something they may not believe in. It’s just fiction.
Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest? Who is your favorite writer, and what is it about their work that really strikes you?
I have a lot of favorites. Stephen King and Richard Laymon were huge influences on me, but I also enjoy writers like Mary Kubica and Gillian Flynn.
Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.
It sounds harsh but I never asked for support. This was something I wanted to do and I did it. There are so many authors who quit and give up because there are so many people telling you you won’t make it so your job then becomes proving them wrong.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
Not yet. Maybe some day it will be.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
No, I loved how it turned out.
Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?
Taking risks is always a good thing. I love challenging myself so that’s always a learning experience.
Fiona: If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?
Wow, I don’t know. I think Christian Bale would be cool
Fiona: Any advice for other writers?
Keep writing and never give up.
Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?
Thanks for reading my books. Without you, I wouldn’t be doing this interview
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
I am reading The Lords of Chaos by Michael Moynihan and DidrikSoderling. Fascinating book about black metal and the crimes that stemmed from that scene
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
I wish I did. I do remember reading Stephen King in the third grade. A lot of my teachers were a bit upset, but I couldn’t understand why. They wanted me to read and I was. It just wasn’t what they approved of
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
I have a weird sense of humor so everything makes me laugh, and crying I don’t do.
Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?
Richard Laymon. He was such a huge influence on my writing I would love to get a chance to meet him.
Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?
I collect comic books which is pretty geeky. I have quite a large collection and it keeps growing.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
I like a lot of true crime stuff. I’m also fascinated by conspiracy theories so I will watch anything that has to do with UFO’s.
Fiona: Favorite foods, colors, music?
I don’t really have a favorite food, but I do love the color black and I am a huge fan of metal, and doom metal
Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?
I don’t know. Probably read, or watch a lot of Netflix
Fiona: You only have 24 hours to live how would you spend that time?
With my family.
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone?
Life Is Just A Ride
Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?
I have an Amazon page: https://www.amazon.com/Michael-Noe/e/B00NJG34BO/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1535490923&sr=8-1
Armen Pogharian said:
I’ve always felt that the villain’s perspective offers a lot of unexplored opportunities. Best of luck to you as you branch out.