1. How did you come up with the title?
I knew I didn’t want the title to be a direct reference to the legendary character in the book, but I did want to allude to the supernatural element. At first I toyed with the title of ‘The Spirit in the Woods’, but the end title was far more appropriate and catchy.
2. Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
It’s a coming of age story. We have to take opportunities when they appear to us. We need a little help sometimes, though.
3. How much of the book is realistic?
I tried to make the historical elements as realistic and gritty as possible. This contrasts with the cosy and familiar present day setting. The modern Yorkshire locations are genuine, as is the legend. However, the names have been changed a bit.
4. If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your book?
Hmm? Seeing some of the review feedback, I’d possibly change one or two phrases. I’d also perhaps make it a bit longer, but I always intended it to be of a size that schoolboys (in particular) would have the patience to read through.
5. What was the hardest part of writing your book?
Like Dorothy Parker once said, it’s all about getting your bottom on the chair and typing out the words. I’m an awful procrastinator!
6. Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
I put a lot of thought into the structure of The Spirit Archer, and I guess it’s something I’m still working on in my writing. I suppose the main thing is learning about the publishing and promotion process, and how to take reviews.
7. Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
It’s always been there – at least since my teens. I just wanted to gather more knowledge and experience before I started doing it. It’s quite scary at first, knowing that people are reading and judging your work.
8. Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
I’d have to say JRR Tolkien. The scope of his imagination and creativity was breath-taking. He even created whole new languages for the denizens of ‘Middle-earth’. He was an Oxford professor of linguistics and an expert in myths and legends. Oh, and he could create incredibly captivating characters and situations. What a dude!
9. Tell us your latest news.
I’m well into writing the third of the ‘Hopfield Tales’. The Spirit Archer is the first of these and Campaign of the Gods is the second. I’m please to say that I’m having a lot of fun writing it and I can promise you it will be another entertaining story with a historical twist. The title is likely to be Mark of the Legion. The first two tales have been about medieval bowmen and Vikings. Can you guess the historical angle of the forthcoming one?
10. Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
Please check out my debut novel, too. It’s a bit different to my Hopfield stories, and is about luck goblins and Chaos Theory. It’s called The Chaosifier.
About the Book
Some secrets are meant to be shared; and a boy’s encounter with England’s most legendary archer will change his life forever.
In 1237, a man journeys to a priory in Yorkshire to seek refuge and treatment for battle wounds. He is betrayed and murdered. His final, dying act is to fire an arrow through a window, asking to be buried where it lands.
Nearly eight hundred years later, a schoolboy’s incredible discovery will lead to a friendship that will alter his life forever.
And he’ll hear some tales and secrets of England’s most legendary archer of all.
Prices/Formats: $6.00 paperback, $2.99-$3.15 ebook
Genre: Young Adult/Urban Fantasy
Publisher: Great Minds Think Aloud Publishing
Release Date: March 2012
Buy Links: Kindle, Nook, Amazon, Barnes and Noble
About the Author
Mike often taps out stuff on his keyboard in the fantasy, urban fantasy and paranormal genres: a habit which his wife finds fairly amusing - and sometimes a little bit strange. So far he has published two novellas - The Spirit Archer and Campaign of the Gods - with GMTA Publishing. These form part of The Hopfield Tales. The third and final tale is due out in early 2013.
Mike's debut novel, The Chaosifier, is also available on Amazon, where it is ambushing unsuspecting fans of contemporary fantasy with its general mischief and mayhem. Mike's educational background is in History, International Conflict Analysis and Education. He is qualified as a teacher in ESOL and Adult Literacy, and lives and works in West Yorkshire. He's married to a long-suffering wife, Joanne, and they have a young son called Joseph.
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