Please welcome talented and versatile author, Mike Wells. Thank you Mike for visiting with us today and sharing your eclectic selection of books. Your books are some of my favorites and after getting to know you better many of my readers will want to find out for themselves how fascinating your books are. Let’s begin with some questions.
1. How do you come up with such a wide variety of genre?
I don’t really try to come up with different genres–it just happens naturally. I don’t think much about genres before I start writing a story. I just go with whatever idea I get excited about and this leads to the genre definition later. Most of my books are multi or cross-genre. For example you could call Lust, Money & Murder a suspense story, or a romantic adventure, or a “spy” thriller.
2. I have read several of your books and almost finished reading your newest one. Please share all the titles of your books for my readers and explain why you write in series?
Lust, Money & Murder
Passion, Power & Sin
The Mysterious Disappearance of Kurt Kramer
Secrets of the Elusive Lover
The Wrong Side of the Tracks
The Drive-By Wife (coming soon)
I write in series because I like the format. It seems that readers these days, especially reader of ebooks, like a series of shorter books better than one very long book.
3. What possessed you to write about a killer baby in your book, Baby Talk? This book scared the life out of me!
I was inspired by a clip I saw on America’s Funniest Home Videos, in which an infant only a few months old could apparently say “I love you.” I thought it was creepy. (See blog post about this here🙂
3. Please share the amazing story with us about your book, Wild Child. How did it become so popular?
Well, the answer is a bit long and complicated for an interview, but the short version is that I printed up 3,000 copies and soon threw them in the trash because I moved overseas and I didn’t think I could market them. A couple of years later I discovered that about a dozen resellers were offering them for sale on Amazon, and that book was getting rave reviews. Someone had pulled all the copies out of the trash and started selling them!
4. Did you travel to any of the places listed in your book, Lust, Money & Murder? If not, how do you do your research of sites?
I try to write only about places I’ve actually been to, though that’s not always possible. For example, I have never been to the Secret Service training facilities in the USA (obviously) which are featured in Lust, Money Murder–had to base this on desk research and interviews with retired Secret Service agents. But 95% of the places I write about I have actually visited in person. I have traveled a great deal.
5. Do you have a special project you are currently working on that you would like to share?
I have a new three-book series coming up called The Drive-By Wife. It’s a thriller about a maniac truck driver who forces his way into the marriage of an upper middle class San Francisco couple and wreaks emotional and–eventually–physical havoc. That’s all I can say right now.
6. Your popularity is growing through social media. Do you have any suggestions for other writers who are just starting out?
I have two suggestions. First, write the best possible book you can write, a book readers rave about. The only way to know you’ve done that is to share it with lot of impartial readers who have no connection to you whatsoever…and see if they ask for more. If readers aren’t asking for more, then you’re not ready to publish yet, you need to keep developing your writing and storytelling skills. Face the fact that your debut novel is not going to be spectacular because you’re on a learning curve, a very steep one. How do you find impartial readers? One way is to post your work on free websites specifically designed to give new authors feedback — see this post on my blog.
Second, you have to learn a bit of marketing. “Like my Facebook page!” and “Check out my book on Amazon!” is not marketing. You have to answer the question, WHY should people like your fb page or take the time to look at your book on Amazon? What is it about your book or your writing that’s different from everyone else’s? Why should people read your story?
Interestingly, the best place to get the answers to these questions is–you guessed it–from those impartial readers I just mentioned. When you’ve penned a great book, your readers’ positive comments become your marketing blurbs–they will tell you why other readers check out/buy your book.
7. What is your favorite pastime when you find some free time? Will the real Mike Wells please stand up?
I’m a nature person and enjoy hiking, swimming, running, bicycling and generally spending time outdoors and especially on the beach. I also love reading, of course, and I’m crazy about movies as well. I’m a teacher as well as a writer, though only part-time (one class per term, maximum), and I also enjoy that very much.
8. Where can we purchase your books?
At the moment I only publish ebooks and you can find them on all the major ebook retailer sites-these are the links to Lust, Money & Murder, Book 1 (which is currently a free download)
I’ve really enjoyed doing this interview, Janice–thanks for asking me.
You are welcome, Mike. It was a pleasure to have you on my blog and to learn more about you and your books. I have read most of your books except two. I plan on checking out those as soon as I finish the one I am reading now. Keep writing Mike. There is plenty of room out there for great books like yours!
Thank you readers for tuning in today to meet author Mike Wells. I hope you will check out Mike’s incredible website and blog and download one of his gripping books for an entertaining summer read. Check out one of my previous blogs for a review of Mike’s book, Lust, Money & Murder, a worthwhile read.
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