I want to welcome author Michael Brown to DJ's Book Corner. Thank you for stopping by to dish it up with me.
First question, when did you first know you wanted to be an author?
After writing several television scripts and then seeing them produced I was disappointed by their short exposure time. A thirty minute sit-com is on and off the air in the wink of an eye! I realized I needed to write something of a more lasting nature – hence my decision to write my first novel.
When did you write your first book?
I started writing my first novel three years before I self-published, although I wrote intermittently throughout that time period. I was working as a film editor and would take assignments that kept me busy for months at a time. When the editing job ended I would pick up where I left off. So, the actual writing time was probably ten months to a year.
I tell the unexplored years of the poet, William Wordsworth, who at 28 years old met and fell in love with the mysterious Lucy, featured in his five famous poems. Lucy is one of literary history’s most enduring mysteries. No one knows who she was, where she came from, or if she ever existed.
Sum the main character William up in three words. What about Lucy?
William: Intelligent, passionate, poetic.
Lucy: Innocent, passionate, determined.
If William & Lucy were a movie, what would be the perfect first song on the soundtrack?
It would have to be more of a score along the lines of Pride and Prejudice.
What do you like best about writing historical fiction?
Research – and discovery! I discovered a William Wordsworth who, as a young man, was the antithesis of the dour older gentleman I had previously read about. He was brave, sexy, intelligent and he loved women.
What is your writing schedule like?
I write in the morning for about four to five hours a day, six days a week. Sometimes I’ll add another hour or two in the afternoon.
Do you need absolute quiet to write? Do you listen to music when you are writing?
I can write anywhere. If there’s music on, I can’t hear it. If people are talking I don’t hear them.
Who are three of your favorite authors? Books?
Nelson DeMille, Plum Island – Khaled Hosseini, The Kite Runner – Dan Brown, The De Vinci Code – Ayaan Hensi Ali, Infidel – Vince Flynn, The Last Man Standing – Wilbur Smith, almost anything he writes.
As an author, what is the best compliment you could receive from a reader?
“I loved the story, your characters, the drama and comic relief. I laughed, I cried, the sex made me tingle all over and my heart pound, I was so involved I stayed up to two am to see what was going to happen next – and now I’m waiting for your next novel!”
Thank you, Michael! Enjoyed the interview and what a great final answer!