Michael J. Webb graduated summa cum laude from the University of Florida and obtained his J. D. from the same university. Over the past forty years he has travelled the world in search of adventure.
He is a history buff, both ancient and modern, and is fascinated by the intersection of the scientific, supernatural, and Biblical world views, and has studied and taught from the Bible extensively for more than twenty-five years. He is also intrigued by recent discoveries in quantum physics that are now providing extraordinary insights into the reality of the spirit realm, especially as it relates to the study of Light. He incorporates all of the above into his supernatural thrillers.
Michael and his wife make their home in North Carolina.
Books by Michael: The Master’s Quilt, The Nephilim Parchments, The Song of the Seraphim (Giants in the Earth trilogy), The Oldest Enemy, Infernal Gates. He is currently working on Devil’s Cauldron, the sequel to Infernal Gates. He also authored a non-fiction work entitled In the Cleft of the Rock: Insights into the Blood of Jesus, Resurrection Power, and Saving the Soul.
What inspires you to write?
I am a storyteller at heart, and I enjoy challenging people to think about the world they live in from a different perspective than they are used to thinking in terms of, especially as it concerns the realm of the spirit.
Tell us about your writing process.
I see movies in my head, then write what I see and hear my characters saying and doing. I’m a seat-of- the-pants writer. Although I often have numerous specific scenes rattling around in my head I know I want to incorporate into my story, I usually don’t know where they will fit until I get to just the right spot. Then, bingo! they just “fit.” I do an excessive amount of research as I go. Thank God for the Internet and Libraries. As my characters develop, so do my sketches of them. Many times a character shows up out of nowhere and surprises me. Sometimes, they turn out to be very key to the story, and on a few occasions they become characters I want to feature in my next stories.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
Both! It’s really quite amazing whenever characters take on a full-blown personality and start taking control of the writing process. The very first time it happened to me I was blown away. Now when it happens I just sit back, type as fast as I can, and enjoy the ride. 🙂
What advice would you give other writers?
Writers write. We can’t help ourselves. We have to write or we’ll explode. If you have a story burning in you, put it down on paper. If you decide it’s something others would enjoy, make certain you’ve done your very best to make it excellent. Don’t be afraid to fail, and don’t wonder if you’ll ever become famous. Just write–and repeat the process.
Be clear about why you write and who your audience is. Become knowledgeable about your craft and the market. Be passionate about your writing. Seek out those who can help you succeed whenever and wherever possible (writing is ultimately a very solitary habit). Last, but not least, “Never, never, never, ever give up” (courtesy of Winston Churchill).
The rest is up to God.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
Started out traditional, then saw how much fun self-publishing can be (although it is tons of hard work), then acquired an agent, now I do both. Pros and cons for both traditional and self-publishing. Right now, for me, I’m counting on my agent to land a solid contact with a traditional publisher so I can accelerate building my platform. But if all the marketing I’m doing pays off for my self-published books, well, I may have to rethink my strategy.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I’m on the fence. I’ve read a great deal about this subject and have gone back and forth about whether traditional or self-published authors will come out on top. Great perspectives on both sides, but right now I go with the crowd that says unless traditional publisher radically change their mindset, they may well come in 2nd place. I will never give up my traditional books, however. I’m very old fashioned that way. On the one hand, I love their smell and the way the look on my library shelf. On the other hand, as Tevye from Fiddler on the roof would say, it’s hard carrying a thousand books on a plane!
What do you use?
Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?
Supernatural Thrillers, Suspense, Action/Adventure, Historical, and Non-fiction
What formats are your books in?
Both eBook and Print
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