About Mike Russell:
Mike Russell is the author of ‘Nothing Is Strange’, a collection of 20 mind-expanding short stories that have been described as: ‘Inspiring, liberating, otherworldly, magical, surreal, bizarre, funny, disturbing and unique’. He is the founder of StrangeBooks and is based in Brighton, UK.
What inspires you to write?
Inspiration. I love exploring the places that inspiration reveals to me and I have a huge desire to share those experiences. How we see the world changes it. If we have a perception of the world that is very limited then our lives become limited and experiences that do not fit into our limited world view are denigrated and deemed unreal. To attempt to open up these limited perceptions, to reveal greater possibilities, to try to release us from all prisons, to move towards truth, these are my highest aspirations as a writer. And it is a very reachable aim. I am sure that we could all name books that have had a profound effect upon us. Art has that power. At StrangeBooks we say:
“We wish our readers the highest possible outcome from their reading experience. We believe that stories have the potential to be life-changing. So let us not limit the power of the story; let us read with an expectation of the highest possible outcome and allow every story to work its magic.”
The magical aspect of art has been negated in our present culture. StrangeBooks is our small contribution to the re-magicalising of the world. (Yes, I made that word up.)
Tell us about your writing process.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
Characters are forms that hold aspects of the inspiration.
What advice would you give other writers?
Stay true to yourself and enjoy the process.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
Creative freedom is a wonderful, precious and important thing; self publishing offers that.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
Increasingly author led, which means increasingly inspiration led, which means less market led.
What genres do you write?: weird fiction, strange fiction, surreal fiction
What formats are your books in?: eBook, Both eBook and Print
All information in this post is presented “as is” supplied by the author. We don’t edit, to allow you, the reader, to hear the author in their own voice.