Ex-drummer, Ex-software author and Ex-flares wearer Michael White was born and lives in the northwest of England. In a previous life he was the author of many text adventure games that were popular in the early 1980's. Realising that the creation of these games was in itself a form of writing he has since made the move into self-publishing, resulting in many short stories and novellas. Covering an eclectic range of subjects, the stories fall increasingly into that "difficult to categorise" genre, causing on-going headaches for the marketing department of his one man publishing company, Eighth Day Publishing.
Having accidentally sacked his marketing director (himself) three times in the last two years, he has now retired to a nice comfortable room where, if he behaves himself, they leave him to write in peace.
In his spare time (!) Michael likes to listen to all kinds of music, and is a big fan of Steven Moffat, whether he likes it or not.
Michael is currently working on several new projects and can be contacted via email on firstname.lastname@example.org, or via my own website on http://mikewhiteauthor.co.uk or via twitter on @mikewhiteauthor
Interview with Michael White
What are you working on next?
Lots of things! In the past I have always concentrated on short stories, and the ideas for them come pretty thick and fast, and the lengths of the stories vary from just a few thousand words to 60,000 plus. So now I am working on full length books and there are a few on the go at the moment.
First will be about 120,000 word book called "Anyone" which is a humorous take on technology of the current day and all of the things we don't know about it.. Following closely on the heels of this is "Overboard" which is a humorous wee pirate ditty.
My overall plan however is my fantasy trilogy, which if there were more than 24 hours in a day would be finished by now. These books are already fully formed up here in my head and go under the titles of "Into the Light", "Back to the Light", and "The Light Within." All I can say is watch this space, as there are a few more titles jostling for space in my head too... titles? How about "Good 'Evans" and A.N. Other I just can't think of a name for yet....
Who are your favorite authors?
Favourite authors are many - Donaldson, Pratchett, Gaiman, Rothfuss, and although this kind of gives a fantasy slant to my reading that is not necessarily the case. I would quite happily read more or less anything at a pinch, but there is no greater feeling than discovering a new author now, is there?
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The alarm clock. Oh, and the cat.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Thinking about writing. It's an obsession. I'd be lost without my Dictaphone. (Now there's a sentence I never thought I'd catch myself writing!)
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
God yes. I was 11 and it was about a flying wooden zeppelin my friends and I had made. Awful, awful, awful.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Laziness. It seemed easy. If only I had known! In truth, it was (and still is) very difficult to pigeonhole anything I write. I don't fit any of the cosy little niches and that to me is not necessarily a bad thing! It seemed easier therefore to self publish. I am of course hoping to convince the world otherwise.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Getting it right. No. Hang on. Being happy with what I have written. Erm, No. Being relatively okay with what's on the page to the extent that I can be forced to drag it out kicking and screaming into the world.
What do you read for pleasure?
I'd read a bus timetable if it made me happy. I frequently have.