Mr. Cody was born in Asheville, N.C. and raised in the small town of Macon, Ga.
Music and reading became a passion early in life and led to a lifetime affair with Jazz, Classical, R&B, Funk music and thousands of books!
Now after over 20 years in the live theater, corporate theater and technical direction world, Cody has quite a few stories to tell! A musician, Urban cyclist, car-free enthusiast, foodie and now writer, Michael Cody is weaving tales of adventure, sharing real and almost always humorous stories from his “techie” days, and even throwing in a few ideas about cooking, being an Urbanite and musician!
Cody is writing not only the nonfiction backstory to all that, but action/adventure fiction to boot!
His first book, The Urban Bike, is a personal journey into the joys and challenges of a car-free lifestyle. Filled with tons of advise and wonderful caricature drawings, the book is a fun read even if you don’t own a bike!
What inspires you to write?
Passion! In the back-story to me becoming a writer, I learned pretty quickly that if you write about something you are passionate about, it will come out clearly in that writing. So as I was deciding what would be the subject of my first book, many things crossed my mind. As a life-long reader, I read. I like to read, I like the escape, I like the entertainment and I especially like learning new things through a great story. I saw several other wel known authors mention this same thing, so I started asking myself, where is your passion? What gets me excited? The answers were a few things but I settled on the car-free lifestyle and Urban bikes. I think people are generally unaware of just how much money they can save, how many health benefits there are and just how EASY it is to make a good bicycle one of your daily transportation options!
In a more general writing way, I think for me, feeling that I have something that others might benefit from in some way makes me want to write. Be it to learn something new or just be entertained!
Tell us about your writing process.
I think my writing is still a work in progress, but I can mention a few things that have worked for me so far. As my main writing tool I use Scrivener. I think it is an amazing piece of software at a very fair price. Another thing I use daily is an Ipad. Bear in mind that I spend at least two hours a day on the DC metro 5 days a week commuting to and from work. So with the Ipad I can not only read books for my own enjoyment, I can read books about writing, formatting, ebooks and more! I also use a program called IA writer do do actual writing while commuting. I used this to write quite a bit of my first book, The Urban Bike.
Another Ap I like a lot and use is called IthoughtHD. IthoughtHD is a mind mapping program I use to outline new book ideas. This is how I outline. I do not do character sketches at first and tend to ad characters as they are called for in my fiction work. Scrivener makes this process VERY easy by the way. The last ap that comes to mind as very useful for my writing process…if I can call it that, is Dropbox. I use dropbox as a backup to all my Scrivener files. I actually had a computer go south on me a few months ago. Fortunately I had an external hard drive with all my data. Speaking of computers, I use Macs. I won’t open up that big controversial box of Mac Vs. PC, but I like Macs and they work well for me! Anyway, after the computer crash I also added dropbox as a backup for all my Scrivener writing files. Dropbox is also VERY handy for making my files available to my amazing editor Janet Green. When I have something I want her to see or whatever, I can just drop it in the Dropbox file we set up as open to both of us! Dropbox is very handy and as long as you dont need a huge amount of storage, it’s free!
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
oh wow, ok I’ve heard writers talk about things like this, but short and sweet, NO. 🙂 They DO however sometimes seem to take on a life of their own and seem to guide ME to where they want to be if THAT makes any sense!
What advice would you give other writers?
Wow, I don’t know that I have anything they haven’t already heard before, but here goes!
Be passionate! Write about what moves you, what makes you smile or cry or kill…. 😉
Have your book edited!
Just do it. Buyers giving you their hard earned money DESERVE the very best book you can give them.
A good editor can turn your “good” book into a great one.
Hang in there! And keep writing!
How did you decide how to publish your books?
My book is self-published and I have no plans to change that any time soon. Unless of course some publishing company out there just HAS to have my newest book and wants to write me a silly big check for it of course! But all kidding aside, how could there be a greater opportunity than exists today for writers and other creative people? I can write a book or record a song or make a movie and have it for sale WORLD wide in a matter of hours in most cases! This was unTHINKABLE just a few years ago! Now yes, on the downside, some will say they gatekeepers are gone now that we can bypass the publishing companies of old. I say there has always been crap published and there always WILL be, just make sure its not YOURS!
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think its wide open. I think things will only become better as companies like Amazon and smashwords make selling our books easier and easier. I think there MIGHT be fewer printed books printed, but they are not going away any time soon. Ebooks are still in their infancy! This IS the ground floor! So if you have a book in you, or 50books, get them out there!
What do you use?
Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer
What genres do you write?
Non-fiction biking, green, simpler living and fiction action adventure
What formats are your books in?