MY INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR MICHAEL W. HUARD
What’s your name and what genre would you consider your books to be?
Michael W. Huard and my genres are Gothic Fairy Tales and Dystopian sci-fi and fantasy.
Tell me about your book. How did you come up with that (story, angle, idea)?
The Black Rose Witch is pretty much the start of my latest Gothic stories. I came up with the idea while dungeon mastering my dungeons and dragons group which we call the Lords of Fire. My wife says I tell the greatest stories so I ran with it and am now creating an entire series of such tales.
How did you get interested in writing this particular genre (historical novels, mysteries, sci-fi, children’s books, etc.)?
I just a big fan of fairy tales, romance and some horror tossed in.
What kind of research did you do for this book?
For all my gothic tales I have an extensive library of fairy tales and gothic books, stuff like Grimm’s tales, Dracula, books by Victor Hugo, Washington Irving, Edgar Allan Poe, you get the idea.
Can you tell me about your Series?
What I have done is create a fantasy island, one lost in time in a far off kingdom sea. Here is where all my stories generally take place. It’s a creepy place, Gothic in architecture and filled with odd characters, amazing landscape, and mystery.
Do you have a favorite book out of this series?
Well so far I have several short stories, let me see, Belle of the Ball, The Black Rose Witch, Red Cold Snow, Vampir of Shadows, and soon Diva of the Mists is coming out too. As to one favorite, nope, but I will say my book called Count Rothchild, kind of a Dracula-like tale is in the works and I love how it’s coming about.
Where did you get the inspiration/idea for your series?
I watch a ton of movies and read lots of stories, as well as gamemaster a fantasy role playing group, so it all comes easy to me.
What’s a typical working day like for you? When and where do you write? Do you set a daily writing goal?
I get up and do all my writing in the morning and early afternoon. Some days I write a lot, somedays nothing at all. As a writer you often end of doing everything from, editing, formatting, and marketing to promotional stuff daily.
Do you have a new book in the making and if so, what’s the name of your upcoming book?
Oh yeah, I have a new story in my Mystical Slayers series called Pure Spirit. It tells the tale of an angel who has fallen in love with the leader of a freedom fighting sisterhood on earth. It’s really coming out good.
Where do your ideas come from?
I have the most vivid imagination; everything comes to me pretty easily.
What is the hardest part of writing for you?
I don’t find writing hard. It’s more so getting the time to concentrate for hours of the story at hand. Life is busy with so many distractions.
What do you consider to be your best accomplishment?
Well I currently have 3 full big novels out and probably 5 novella’s and a bevy of short stories published; so the aspect of my works out there and still growing is wonderful and satisfying to me.
What’s the best thing about being an author?
Just getting the words on paper; it’s very therapeutic for me to create and I really enjoy it.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
I will be behind my desk continuing to write Gothic Fairy tales and stories about the kick butt sisterhood of the Mystical Slayers.
Have you always liked to write?
Yes, I have been writing for years. I wrote some non-fiction books prior to all my fantasy works; one being a self-defense and awareness book for woman, and another anti-bullying book for parents and kids.
What writing advice do you have for aspiring authors?
Believe in themselves if writing is something they love to do. If the words and ideas come out of your head easy, then get them on paper and keep going.
If you didn’t like writing books, or weren’t any good at it, what would you like to do for a living?
I am also a self-defense and martial arts teacher and I enjoy such a lot.
Do you read reviews of your book(s)? Do you respond to them, good or bad? How do you deal with the bad?
Yeah reviews are awesome. I’ve got a ton of good ones. As to bad reviews, all writer’s get them even the best of all time. People enjoy different things, some like chocolate ice cream and some vanilla. You will not change people’s minds as to what they enjoy.
What is your least favorite part of the writing / publishing process?
I am not a fan of marketing. I wish it was easier to get the stories in front of people who enjoy the genre.
Can you give us a few tasty morsels from your work-in-progress?
Oh yes! My somewhat retelling of Bram Stoker’s Dracula is quite interesting. You see Dracula had a brother, and he was nothing like he. So we have a bard, or shall I say a writer seeking to learn more about this Count Rothchild and to make things interesting, she is a young, pretty, blond-haired, blue eyed lady.
Why did you choose to write in your genre? If you write in more than one, how do you balance them?
I do write in more than one. However both are fantasy and this makes it easier. My Mystical Slayers dystopian sci-fi series is more based on reality set in the far future. The Gothic tales are just way out there and take place in a full fantasy world, so it’s pretty easy to go between each.
Where did your love of books come from?
Reading is the great escape. I just love traveling all over the galaxy in books. I think the Hobbit and Lord of the Rings, aka Tolkien works were my biggest push in such direction.
What is your writing Kryptonite?
It’s time, time to be alone and delve into my crazy ideas and storylines. There’s always thi8ngs to do, so a balance is key. A write has to take time to work, and it must be consistent like any other work schedule.
Do you try more to be original or to deliver to readers what they want?
I am pretty original.
Where can your fans find you and follow?
Let’s see, perhaps on Facebook, Goodreads, and of course Amazon.
Thank you for taking your time to do this interview ❤️
Thanks for having me, it was fun talking with you!