Mike Nettleton is a retired radio personality who keeps busy writing mystery novels, playing golf and walking a little white Maltese dog named Max. He’s the author or co-author of six books including the hard-boiled Neal Egan detective novel The Shotgun Kiss. He acts in community theater and is learning the craft of screenwriting. Mike is the two-time winner of the Pacific Northwest Writer’s Association short story competition and has received national recognition for several advertising campaigns. His wife Carolyn is his fiction collaborator and he has a son, Rob, who is a webcasting specialist with Intel. Hobbies include golf, backgammon and tournament poker.
What inspires you to write?
Reading. I’m that little kid you saw walking home with a stack of books under his arm. People who’ve known me since elementary school days remind me that I always told stories. I wrote advertising copy in my career as a radio personality and recording studio operator and started getting serious about fiction in the early nineties. I continue to read voraciously
Tell us about your writing process.
I used to believe any level of organization in my writing was a part of the world-wide communist conspiracy. After writing myself into enough corners I became a believer in rough (very) outlines and using file cards to keep track of characters, settings and plot twists. I’m pretty undisciplined and tend to write in flurries.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
Absolutely. When I go to a project in progress I start a few pages back from where I left off and ask the characters questions as I go. Things like “What do you think should happen next?” or “Does this feel right to you?” On a good day they have lots to say. On a bad day they all become deaf-mutes.
What advice would you give other writers?
Write. It’s like any other craft, the more you do the better you get. Read. You don’t want to imitate any other writer, but you can certainly figure out what they do that works well and strive to improve your skills in that area.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
My wife and I have been with agents and published by both small and mid-sized presses and grew tired of the game. Our foray into independent publishing has been moderately successful.l Our jointly written books sell steadily and my wife (Carolyn J. Rose) has sod her multiple titles in the tens of thousands.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I see more and more authors bringing their books directly to their readers through e publishing. I don’t think conventional books will totally die, but we’re already seeing their numbers taking a big hit because of all of the choices readers now have. One sad note about this trend is that small, independent book stores are foundering. Many of my most enjoyable times have been spent in them and I’ll be sad to see them go.
What genres do you write?
Mystery, Young Adult Fantasy
What formats are your books in?
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