About Michael McCormick:
Charles Michael McCormick grew up in Ohio, USA, and based the story told in his book, Across The Pond, on his experience as U.S. Marine who served in combat during the war in Vietnam. Upon his return to the United States, he was awarded the Silver Star Medal and the Purple Heart. After the war Michael earned a B.A. in psychology and his M.A. in clinical psychology. He has worked extensively with Vietnam war veterans and now lives in Oakland, California with his wife Gina.
What inspires you to write?
The Vietnam war inspire me to write this book. I felt the American people did not understand what the war was really like. I also thought the veterans were mis-treated when they came home.
Tell us about your writing process.
I wrote my book (novella) out in long hand first, in about 3 days. Then I put it on a word processor and edited the book 30 or 40 times. The characters were all in my head and were based on people I had known during the war.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I created characters mostly from people I knew.
What advice would you give other writers?
Read, write, travel, experience life, know yourself.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I published my book with a publisher first, then made it available as an e-book many years later. It depends on what you want to accomplish with your writing. If you want to make money, you should probably go with a publisher. If you just want people to read your work, why not self-publish.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
It seems that book publishing in the future will be more e-books.
What do you use?: Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer
What genres do you write?: Fiction
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print
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