completed an appearance at The Geek Gathering in Sheffield, Alabama- busy, busy, busy!
Below is the mini Interview with Mike. Check him out!
Alyssa: So Mike, share a bit about yourself- what do you want the world to know about Mike Lackey?
Mike: Well, my name is Michael Lackey and I live in Alabama with my wife of 21+ years. We have a daughter that just finished her second year of college. I have worked in the playground industry for over 24 years now. I'm just a big kid at heart. I never was what you would call a reader growing up. Admittedly, I don't read as much as I should now as an adult. I always enjoyed stories. Stories are the very fabric that holds us all together. It wraps us tight and holds our attention to the point that you just want to know more. At least good stories do. I love to connect with my readers on Instagram and Twitter, so if you want to chat, look me up!
Alyssa: Yes, I noticed your Twitter and Instagram activity all the time- a great quality. Do you remember where you were, the moment you came up with the idea for The Bad Seed? And did you stop what you were doing to jot everything down at that time?
Mike: That's a tricky question. The Bad Seed is a story that I have had rolling around my head for probably ten or so years now. I never thought I could be a writer so I kept it to myself. I did have little notebooks at work that when a new idea or character or plot twist came to mind I would write them down.
Alyssa: Everyone's got a story behind their characters Are any of your characters based on any real life folks? You? If so, who are you and why?
Mike: No my characters are not based "directly" to anyone real. I never saw myself as any of them, and now that you asked that, I'm wondering why!
Alyssa: Does writing come easy for you and do you have a set pattern/goal per day?
Mike: The writing for The Bad Seed was not that difficult. I believe it was because I had all the material pretty much laid out over such a long period of time, I just had to organize it. Now writing book two, Shadow Gate, that is entirely different!! I find myself doubting every paragraph, every character, every chapter. I really need to work on that.
Alyssa: So tell me about your cover- I recognized who was on it immediately. How important was your cover and why use the character you have on the cover of The Bad Seed?
Mike: I wanted a cover shot that had the feel of real life. I wanted it to look like it was a present day look into the Morely garden. The cover shot is an actual photograph done by my good friend and photographer, Helen Hooper of Elysian Photography by Helen. The dark figure in front of the tree is actually her daughter!
Alyssa: Okay so lastly, I was wondering- What’s your biggest tip for those reading your book?
Mike: Have fun! Stories are all about entertainment. Fantasy fiction is supposed to transport you to magical worlds and show you fantastic creatures. Let your mind travel to Amundiss and fight along side Zachary and King Gabriel!!
So there it is gang- Mike Lackey at his best and such a considerate guy. He was, I kid you not, the first to respond to my interviews this year and the first one to get his answers all ready to go- with pictures! You rock Mike, and best of luck to you!
How to Find Mike Lackey, debut author of Bad Seed:
website @supes23 - Twitter @mikelackey23 - Instagram
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