Ours Goes To Eleven, with Michael Barnett

This week’s “Ours Goes To Eleven” interview is with Michael Barnett, a sci-fi writer from Indiana, who would cast a certain actor from Boston if his book is ever made into a movie. I must say that I approve of this choice.

1. Tell us a little about yourself.

I was born and spent my early years in Southern California. When I was 13, we moved back to Lafayette, Indiana, where my Dad was from. Life in Indiana wasn’t as exciting as was California, which ended up being a good thing because it allowed me the time to start reading with a renewed frenzy, and anything Sci-Fi was always my favorite. Reading led to a love of writing, which only grew over the years.

2. Give us a five-word synopsis about your latest work.

Regular man has super powers

3. When you’re finished with a piece, do you find that it tends to differ from your original idea, or does the original idea remain more or less intact?

I usually have a pretty good idea how the book will start, and how it will end: it’s the in-between pages which usually change the most from my original ideas to the finished product.

4. If your book was made into a movie, who would you cast as the main characters?

Matt Damon.

5. What’s the best thing about being an author? Worst thing?

The best thing is the writing process itself; thinking, researching, writing. The worst part is the editing, more editing, and yet more editing…did I mention editing? I also find the marketing piece tiresome, as I have a full-time job, and can only write and market at night, and weekends.

6. What writer’s blogs make your Top Three list? Why do they stand out above the other flobbity-jillion out there?

These are blogs from fellow ASMSG writers that I really enjoy because they have topical and interesting information, and I really enjoy reading the blogs.

7. What is your writing-time beverage and snack of choice?

I like to sip on a large mug of ice tea, and snack on crunchy foods like chips, and corn nuts.

8. Do you have any useful marketing tips for other authors?

Do your research about what works, and what doesn’t. You should network with other writers through blogs, or websites like Goodreads. It is far more important to get your name out there, than your books. Once you are known, the readers will look for your books.

9. What changes do you see taking place in the publishing industry over the next couple of years?

I see more and more people going to kindle, and nook, and less and less book stores. I also see the continued rise of self-published authors, which will make it increasingly harder to break out from the masses, unless you can find a niche that makes you unique, or you can get the word out better than your competition.

10. What’s your next project?

I am working on a dystopian Sci-Fi, with the heroine a young girl who finds herself thrown into a life and death struggle for the survival of the universe.

11. Who would win in a fight–a ninja-pirate robot or a zombie werewolf? Why?

The zombie werewolf. Everyone knows there’s no such thing as a ninja-pirate robot!

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