Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Interview with author Michael Zummo

1. What really inspired you to write your book, to force you from taking an idea or experience and conveying it into a book?
When I finished my first trilogy and two accompanying novelettes, I thought that was the end of the story. But then I began to envision my characters in new scenes that came after the end of my last released book. I was curious about what was happening and why.  I started asking questions in my mind, and I'd get new scenes and information. It honestly seemed interesting, and new material kept coming. It was as if the story wouldn't leave me alone, demanding to be told. I believe when inspiration speaks, I should follow it.

2. What is it about and whom do you believe is your targeted reader?
The content of this book is more intense than the original trilogy and novelettes. I believe science fiction fans 14 years of age and older will enjoy this book.

3. What do you hope will be the everlasting thoughts for readers who finish your book? What should remain with them long after putting it down?
I hope people remember the “epic-ness” of Rhysus’ journey. I don’t mean this from only in vivid worlds he visited, or the interesting aliens he encountered, but rather how he changed, what happened with his family, and the many morals that can apply to all our lives.

4. What advice or words of wisdom do you have for fellow writers?
We are told "write what you know." I don't believe that literally means that I should write stories about a middle-aged man with a family that lives in the Midwest. I believe it means write with authenticity. Use things from your life experience and fuse them into your works. Chances are, if you experienced something, others may have too. That commonality will provide a tangible way for people to connect and even relate to your characters and stories.

5. What trends in the book world do you see and where do you think the book publishing industry is heading?
Competition to appear in print is becoming far fiercer due to the commoditization of ebooks. It's so easy for anyone to create content and sell it through various channels like Amazon. the challenge presented to authors, publishers, and readers alike is visibility to quality products. There's so much "noise" when looking for books it makes it difficult to find works, especially new pieces.

6. What great challenges did you have in writing your book?  
As I write more novels in the same series, I feel a mounting internal pressure. I want to continue to present things in new ways, inspire readers, and make the story more thrilling than the last. I also want to create more captivating cover designs. Sometimes the biggest challenge is the confidence and bravery to say something is exactly what it needs to be and release the material.

7. If people can only buy one book this month, why should it be yours?
If people like rich, character-driven science fiction, a diverse cast, deep interpersonal relationships, a helping of super hero abilities, vivid alien worlds, numerous story twists, and intense space battles, this is the book for them!

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