Michael Tinker Pearce has been a full-time knife and sword maker for over twenty years, specializing in Medieval European and Viking Era knives and swords. He is also a student of Historic European Martial Arts and is a trained theatrical fight choreographer. He lives in seattle, WA. with his wife and co-author, Linda. Linda is an IT professional and a trained theatrical fighter. Togteher they have written for the Foreworld saga and have recently published their first novel, ‘Diaries of a Dwarven Rifleman.’
What inspires you to write?
We’ve always wanted to write and thought we would someday. Inspiration can come from anywhere, but we are both long-time fans of fantasy and science fiction. History is a major source of inspiration for us as well, though less in the great events than the details of everyday life and culture in different times and places.
Tell us about your writing process.
Typically we’ll start with an idea, do a bit of brainstorming together and then I’ll do the bulk of the writing. Then Linda will help me rewrite it into something readable. We often read bad and forth to each other; this is remarkably helpful in catching errors and ‘tightening-up’ the writing. If I ever get stuck Linda is right here to help me get past it with fresh approaches and ideas. Sometimes discussions get a bit heated, but overall we love working together.
We usually start with an idea of where the story is going but no firm outline. Often the logic of the events, characters and story take us to places pretty far removed from our original concept. Sometimes (the BEST times!) we are actually writing to see what happens next…
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I’m not even sure what this means… but I ‘hear’ the characters when we are writing their dialogue, and each has their own unique voice in my head.
What advice would you give other writers?
The best advice that I can give to other writers is WRITE. Nothing will improve your writing quite so much as simply writing. We try to write 1500 words of new content per day when we are on a project. This is in addition to editing and rewriting. The more that your write the better you will become.
Another thing that will help- always, ALWAYS have your work edited and proof-read. Editors are not the enemy; in fact they can be your best friend. Some of the greatest break-throughs that we have made as writers are do to comments from our editors.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
In the case oft he Foreworld saga novellas we didn’t decide. These are published by 47North- we pitched the story, they accepted, we wrote it and they bought it. With regard to our own work we consulted with published authors that we know. At this point in time every single one of them told us to self-publish. We are open to working with publishers but frankly our work will never, ever be in some ones slush pile. I’d advise others to self publish with this caveat- have your work independently edited and proof-read! No matter how diligent you are you are too close to the work and will miss things.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
The future is very much up in the air, and is likely to be a hybrid of the current models. Amazon and other publishers are already mining the ranks of self-published books for worthy additions to their lines. Print-on-demand equipment is becoming cheaper and more available. I can easily envision a time when online booksellers will not keep print copies on-hand, but will dimly print hen you order and have the book on it’s way to you nearly as fast as they do now. Ebooks have changed the equation in terms of self-publishing because there is no overhead or up-front investment, and you can offer a print-on-demand version of your book with no up-front costs. Ebooks are also reviving the market for short fiction by providing a low-cost venue to sell individual short stories and collections. Contrary to doomsayers I think that ePublishing has opened the floodgates and will lead to a new renaissance of the written word.
What do you use?
Co-writer, Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?
We write historical fiction/fantasy, contemporary fantasy, medieval fantasy and science fiction
What formats are your books in?