About Michael David Anderson:
Horror and suspense novelist Michael David Anderson was born in Sevierville, Tennessee, in 1985. He graduated from Karns High School in Knoxville, Tennessee, in 2003, and he possesses degrees in both Psychology and English.
Anderson is the author of the Teddy Dormer novels, Teddy and Wake, and several books of poetry. In addition to writing, Anderson is an avid reader, gamer, and stand-up comic. Bandit, his dog, is a German Shepherd/Retriever mix and serves as a constant distraction from his writing.
What inspires you to write?
I have always possessed an overactive imagination. As early as elementary school, I was writing short stories. It started as a hobby, but as I grew older, I realized I wanted it to be more than a mere hobby. My inspiration for writing is to tell stories I would want to read.
Tell us about your writing process.
I have a loose idea of where the story is going when I write, and I’ll usually have concepts for scenes I want in the tale. Beyond that, I discover the story page by page. I discovered early on if I outline my stories, I get bored easily, and the story either suffers or goes on the back burner while I shift my attention to another project. I can write almost anywhere, but it’s best if I have instrumental music to eradicate any pesky oppressive silence!
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
If we’re being honest, I revert to childhood play when I’m alone: I mostly talk to myself and work through ideas that way. I also tend to do a lot of my thinking in the shower.
What advice would you give other writers?
My above is to find your voice and write something about which you’re passionate. If you don’t like what you’re writing, no one else is going to enjoy reading it; your attitude shows in your prose.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
With my first novel, I spent a year and a half researching. I queried agents and publishers alike. Ultimately, I decided to self-publish in an effort to get my work to the widest audience possible and retain my creative freedom. I opted to cut out the middle man, at least for now.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
Publishing houses are not going away, and neither are physical books. But independent publishing and e-books have dramatically changed the landscape of literature forever.
What do you use?: Beta Readers
What genres do you write?: Horror, psychological suspense, thriller, science fiction, fantasy
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print
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