Michael J. Brooks holds a BA in art and an MFA. He loves writing and is a diehard fan of the science fiction genre.
Drawing inspiration from the many Sci-Fi books and movies he has enjoyed throughout his life, he seeks to write his own science fiction novels which are not meant to be only entertainment but to address some of the most crucial issues of our time and explore the trials of being human. He hopes to create characters that people can relate to and stories that will have an impact on them long after they are finished reading one of his novels.
What inspires you to write?
I am inspired by sci-fi books and movies, anime, current world events, non-fiction books, video games I’ve played, etc.
Tell us about your writing process
Once I have an idea for a novel, I simply jump on my computer and get started. However, there are times when I find it helpful to listen to music when pondering the right words for a specific scene. For example, when writing a love scene, I might listen to some R&B. When writing an action scene, I find it helpful to listen to Rock music. Music that corresponds rhythmically or lyrically with the scene I’m writing definitely helps me conjure up the right words for it.
After several edits and rewrites, I usually have the manuscript ready to be professionally edited. Once the professional editor is finished, I then look over the manuscript and continue editing it myself, until I have a novel that I am fully satisfied with.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I listen to my characters as I write them. While developing their personalities and character traits, they take on a life of their own. Their dialouge then becomes based off of what their personalities are saying to me.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I decided to go the self publishing route because I was not having any luck with traditional publishers. I haven’t given up on them, of course, but as I continue to try to get my books published traditionally, it only makes sense for me to self publish my work in the meantime. As a writer, my goal is to get my novels in the hands of people in whatever format I can, as soon as I can. Had I continued to simply wait for someone else to publish my work, it would not be readily avalible to them now.
I would tell any new author to do the same. Don’t wait for the traditional publishers, but don’t give up on them either.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I believe that ebooks are quickly becoming the future of the publishing industry, but I don’t think that traditional books will become obsolete. The experience you get from turning actual pages or the ability to send someone a book in the mail as a gift is something you can’t get from an ebook.
What do you use?
Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer
What genres do you write:: Science fiction and fantasy.
What formats are your books in: eBook
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