MY INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR MIKE EVANS!
What’s your name and what genre would you consider your books to be?
Mike Evans I write horror books I don’t shy away from much in that genre. I have The Orphans 7 book series that is a mix of The Walking Dead meets 28 Days later. The zombies are horrifiying.
One of my favorite is my 4 book series called The Uninvited, it is brutal, extreme horror, serial killer. It will leave you different!
I also dabble in Assassons, kidnapping suspense thrillers, and demons, and a tiny dabble into the vampire world!
Tell me about your book. How did you come up with that (story, angle, idea)?
My latest book is named The Operator: No Way Out a Jack Murphy novel. It is a non-stop action packed political thriller and a set up for a presidential assassination book.
How did you get interested in writing this particular genre (historical novels, mysteries, sci-fi, children’s books, etc.)?
One of my first series was called Gabriel a no shit taking assassin. I finished that trilogy but wanted to write something very violent but not extreme horror so that is where The Operator Book 1 came out of.
What kind of research did you do for this book?
I had to do a lot of weapons research on this book, and looking up to healing times from medical procedures.
Can you tell me about your Series?
I hope to make The Operator a trilogy at minimum, I just released book 1 mid-August.
Times are safe. The world is near peace. The United States has The President to thank for a treaty that is so close to being signed that the treaty paper could feel the pen’s tip. Everyone was optimistic about the world’s future…except for those profiting from the blood of Americans being spilt on foreign grounds. They have come together to assassinate the president, and have picked ex-special forces now-retired Jack Murphy to set up for it. Little do they know that they have drastically underestimated him!
Do you have a favorite book out of this series?
So far book 1 but that’s only because I have only done the 1st book.
Where did you get the inspiration/idea for your series?
I just knew I wanted to do a thriller and the idea of making it a presidential assassination was right up my alley and sounded interesting and like a fast paced read.
Was it always meant to become a series?
Yes, I had every intention of doing three books. I knew I would not be able to finish it in just one book.
What’s a typical working day like for you? When and where do you write? Do you set a daily writing goal?
Right now is nice and cool in Iowa so I am doing a great deal of motorcycle riding. When the weather gets too cold to ride and I’m stuck inside I typically write in the morning, at lunch, and at night. I try to do between 1500 to 2000 a day but many days I’ll kill that goal.
Do you have a new book in the making and if so, what’s the name of your upcoming book?
I am currently in-between projects and not 100% sure what I want to do.
How important are character names to you in your books? Is there a special meaning to any of the names?
Typically, I just pick my readers because I’ve killed so many people I have issues coming up with new names.
Where do your ideas come from?
Everywhere, the news, songs, my imagination, and by that I mean I’ll play something out that I just thought of how I might deal with it in real life and from there I can come up with an entire storyline.
Is there a genre that you’ve been wanting to experiment with?
I’d like to stay in horror but would like to try and do a paranormal book.
What is the hardest part of writing for you?
Finding the time to do one.
What do you think of book trailers? Do you have a trailer or do you intend to create one for your own book?
I don’t have any issues with them but don’t do them myself.
What do you consider to be your best accomplishment?
I feel the amount of work I was able to put out and the fact that my fan base continues to grow and I don’t do have to do a lot of advertising to sustain it.
What’s the best thing about being an author?
Getting to terrify people! I love getting messages and or hate mail if a character is taken out. You really know you are striking a cord when that happens.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
Hoping to have hit it big by then and be a professional lake bum with my family alongside me.
Have you always liked to write?
No, I didn’t get serious about writing until I was in my late twenties. Once I finished my first book Buried I knew that 1st person writing wasn’t for me and if I did the 3rd person that I could write quite quickly.
What writing advice do you have for aspiring authors?
Be kind to your fans, if you are stumped or something isn’t working, don’t be lazy and work it out or rewrite it.
If you didn’t like writing books, or weren’t any good at it, what would you like to do for a living?
I’d like to build motorcycles or guitars.
Do you read reviews of your book(s)? Do you respond to them, good or bad? How do you deal with the bad?
I never never never respond. I don’t read them nearly as much as I use to. For bad reviews I typically sit with a doll and some bobby pins and stab them into the heads of the doll, just kidding…or am I?
What is your least favourite part of the writing / publishing process?
I enjoy the outlining phase and when I’m about 20k into a book and it starts taking on a wild side that I hadn’t expected to write.
Where did your love of books come from?
I have always enjoyed reading. I had a speech impediment as a kid so I’d read to myself a lot when I was young. It spawned from that I’d say.
Do you have any favorite authors or favorite books?
Favorite books, IT, Misery, Duma Keyes, 11/22/63, and the Atticus Kodiak Series by Greg Rucka.
Of all the characters you have created, which is your favourite and why?
Probably Joey from The Orphans. He is a high functioning teen with autism and has some of my favorite zombie kills!
Does writing energize or exhaust you?
It depends on if I need to write a scene where someone I like is dying, then I can get depressed but flat out action or running away to fight another day can pump me up.
What is your writing Kryptonite?
Not having the time, or kids needing help with life while trying to write. They always come first though.
Do you try more to be original or to deliver to readers what they want?
I write what I feel, I don’t do any catering at all.
What other authors are you friends with, and how do they help you become a better writer?
I’m friends with James Wallace, Timothy Long, Mark Tufo. I don’t usually talk shop with them, it is usually other things we talk about.
If you were writing a book about your life, what would the title be?
Where can your fans find you and follow??
My amazon page https://www.amazon.com/Mike-Evans/e/B00IQ9Z75A
My Facebook author page https://www.facebook.com/MikeEvansAuthor
Thanks for sending me this interview.