Hey everyone, I'm back tonight with J C Michael. He's going to be sharing a great flash fiction piece with us in a little while, but first, let's get to know him some more.
J. C. Michael
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Where did you grow up?
I grew up in a small market town on the edge of the North Yorkshire Moors, so I’m
a country lad at heart.
When did you start writing?
When I was about 5? It was quite a bit later when I got around to trying my hand at
writing a novel though, that started just after Christmas 2006.
What made you start writing?
It was a challenge which my girlfriend, now wife, set me. She was studying for a
Performing Arts degree, so she had a lot of creative things to work on, and was also
exceptionally busy. This gave me an urge to do something creative, my day job doesn’t
really give me that scope, and also a lot of spare time while she was studying. With that
in mind she bought me a journal for Christmas and basically challenged me to write her
a novel as I’ve always been a keen reader, and also a frequent critic of books and movies.
The implication was that if I thought I could do better then I should give it a go.
Is it something that you have always wanted to do?
I’d thought about it before, and always had an active imagination, but it was that push
which gave me the motivation to actually sit down and do it. I wouldn’t class myself as
someone who’d always had the dream of becoming an author, even if it would be true to
say that the idea had always appealed to me.
What is your favourite genre to read, and do you have any favourite books or authors you would like to recommend?
Genre wise it’s got to be horror, although I do enjoy it where there’s a cross over with
the thriller or fantasy genres. My favourite authors are Stephen King, Clive Barker, and
James Herbert, but I’d also recommend Richard Laymon, Dan Simmons, and Justin
Cronin. As for books The Stand, IT, The Travelling Vampire Show, and Carrion Comfort
are all personal favourites for one reason or another. Oh, and the Dark Tower series.
What about to write?
Again, it’s got to be horror. It’s what I read, so it’s what I know best. You can also put
it into the real world which everyone knows and saves the effort of building a whole new,
and convincing, world like you would with sci-fi or fantasy. I’d like to give fantasy a go
someday though, and as a historian I’d love to write something in a more historical
context, maybe the Crusades or World War II, but even then I think there’d be a
crossover with horror.
Do you write full time? If not, what do you do?
I have spend my days in an office, in front of a computer, but unfortunately it’s figures
and graphs I stare at for hour on end.
Do you ever base your characters on anyone that you know, or are they solely from your imagination?
Even our imaginations have to take their inspiration from our experiences so yes, there
are elements of people I know in my characters, but I like to mix them up. There’s also
a lot of me in my characters, with certain ones taking certain elements of my character
but maybe taken to a more extreme level.
J.C Michael Presents His Flash Fiction Piece.
We look down in unison at the pair of gleaming, crimson, gloves. Then raise our eyes to one another.
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