However, more than being a budding author, I’ve recently gained enjoyment from speaking to other authors. There’s such a wealth of information and lessons to be learned from others – not to mention it’s just plain fun to hear the people behind the characters share their stories.
This week’s author spotlight falls on Michael Meyerhofer, a writer whom I had the pleasure of meeting via social media in the past few months. Both a poet and Dark Epic Fantasy-genre author, his talent speaks for itself in his writing.
An Interview with Michael Meyerhofer
1) RJS: What inspired you to become an author?
MM: Whenever I read something by an author that I absolutely love, I get this feeling like, Hey, I wish I'd written that! I suppose it's part jealousy but I'd like to think it also comes from a deep love of language, out of this desire to participate in this wonderful tradition of storytelling that goes back thousands upon thousands of years. How could anyone not want to be a part of that? More specifically, I remember when I was a little kid, reading The Lord of the Rings and other fantasy books (Dragonlance, stuff by Terry Brooks and Raymond Feist, etc) and without even thinking about it, I just started writing. Granted, those early stories were terrible (and probably mostly plagiarized) but recognizing their flaws made me want to get better. Now, like then, I can't imagine doing anything else.
2) RJS: If you could meet/talk to any author, past or present - who would it be and why?
MM: That's a tough question... which is a good problem for a reader/writer to have, I suppose! I'd love to meet Walt Whitman. His innovation and passion for poetry helped get me into writing, sure, but it's his intelligence mingled with his obvious passion
for life that made him one of the American greats.
3) RJS: What do you envision the future of publishing to be like?
MM: I think, as with music, that you're going to have more and more styles and formats all existing at the same time. We'll always have those gigantic, traditional publishers taking up the most space but indie publishing will keep getting bigger, and I think readers will continue to grow more and more accepting of indie writers. I also think that electronic publishing will continue to grow, as well. This doesn't mean that old-fashioned printed books are going to disappear, just that readers will have more available formats (just like you can still buy CDs and DVDs, or else you can download or stream music and movies off the internet). Granted, I'm biased, but I think all of this is healthy for the art--any art--because near-exponential growth in terms of writers means more voices, more variety, more innovation.
4) RJS: If Hollywood were to bring one of your works to life, who would play your lead character and why?
MM: Well, if Kit Harington dyed his hair, I'd love to see him play Rowen Locke--not just because I love Game of Thrones (books and show alike) but because I think he'd be good at conveying both Rowen's brooding and his dark sense of humor. Also, I'd love Elizabeth Olsen play Silwren. I envision Silwren as quiet and troubled, but also extremely fierce, which is how Olsen played her
character in "Martha Marcy May Marlene."
5) RJS: What are you working on now?
MM: Well, let's see... I've finished Book II of the Dragonkin Trilogy, tentatively titled "The Knight of the Crane", except for some formatting and editing (which I'm finalizing now). I'm also working on Book III (tentatively titled "The War of the Lotus"), about two hundred pages in. Meanwhile, I've got two finished poetry manuscripts that are looking for a home, plus another, completely different fantasy trilogy started (about four hundred pages in).
RJS: Thank you for your time, Michael!
Thanks very much!
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