Michael Marsden – Author Interview

What is your most recent book? Tell us a bit about it.

Sam d’Bear is scheduled to be out in May. This is the story of a young man who lives in Estes Park, Colorado and the Newfoundland dog who by accident invades his life. The novel has moments of adventure in Rocky Mountain National Park, moments of romance and a bit of mystery. It is a good story that should hold the interest of reader both old and young adult.

Tell us something about yourself.

Seventeen years ago when I retired, I set out to write ten novels in ten years and then market the best of them. So far I have published two north Idaho ghost stories and one mainstream romance. I am editing two novels for publication this year, Sam d’Bear and the Black Dog Bed and Breakfast.

What inspired you to write this book?

Sam d’Bear was to be the second of my David Montgomery mystery series but I put a Newfoundland dog in the story and he took over. I then deciated the story to a Newfoundland that I had call Keeper Bear and let the characters finish the tale.

How did you publish this book? Why did you decide on that publisher?

This book will be published in May by Gray Dog Press in Spokane, Washington. My last two previous novels I self-published. Gray Dog Press is a new company and they are located near Coeur d’Alene.

How did you know you wanted to be a writer? How did you get started?

My mother wrote and published fifty-five children’s stories. She encouraged me to write because I had such a good imagination. After a thirty year career with the Forest Service I decided to give writing a try and I like it.

What do you believe is the hardest part of writing?

I find the first chapter the hardest to write. I often finish the story and then completely rewrite the first chapter.

How do you do research for your books?

I always place my fiction in location that I know. The internet is a great resource but I want to feel and smell the place where the story takes place. I often mold my characters after people I know.

Did you learn anything from writing this book? What?

Yes, I learned that one must be careful with the characters. My editors had very different views of one of the characters in this novel. She did not read what I thought I wrote. I did revise but I think the misque is still there and I wonder about what other readers will think. I work hard to make the main characters likeable but you need these other not so perfect characters in the story.

What are you reading now?

I am reading Operation Buffalo – USMC Fight for the DMZ by Keith William Nolan. I am reading this to try to understand a character in a novel I am writing. The man is a Marine who fought in Vietnam.

What types of books do you like to read? Who are your favorite authors? Why?

I read both fiction and not fiction. My favorite authors include Andrew M. Greeley, Kirby Jonas and of course Louis L’Amour.

Are you working on your next book? What can you tell us about it?

I am reading the proof of Sam d’Bear. At the same time I am making one last revision of The Black Dog Bed and Breakfast my next north Idaho ghost story. This tale begins as a ghost story and drifts into a love story then with a sharp turn of fate it tackles a tragic human condition. In the end the reader is treated to a wedding that the Black Dog Bed and Breakfast and a happy ending.

What is the best advice you could give other writers about writing or publishing?

If you enjoy writing keep doing it because being published takes a long time.

What are you doing to promote your latest book?

I have two promotion tours in the planning. Anything we as writers can do to encourage people to read will in the long run profit us all.