Today I am interviewing Michael R. Fletcher, author of the new fantasy novel, Swarm of Steel, a stand-alone story in the Manifest Delusions series.
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DJ: Hey Michael! Thanks for agreeing to do this interview!
For readers who aren’t familiar with you, could you tell us a little about yourself?
Michael R. Fletcher: Hi! Thanks for having me. I do love being had. I could tell you about myself but I’d likely lie.
Oh what the hell, let’s give it a go.
After a long career as a wandering door-to-door used grilled-cheese sandwich salesman I decided it was time for a change. I saw four life paths that really appealed to me: Race car driver, rock star, ninja, and writer. Since being a writer seemed like a lot of effort and unlikely to end in the fame, fortune, and worshipful adoration I crave, I decided to focus on being a rock star ninja. For a decade I toured the world with the goth metal band, Sex Without Souls. It really was a great cover for a ninja, what with the goth addiction to black clothing. Eventually, however, the adoration of bajillions of screaming fans grew hollow. I wanted more. Worship wasn’t enough, I needed mindless devotion. With that thought in mind I reevaluated my life-choices. The answer was clear. Only one career path offered the slavish devotion and staggering riches I desired: Science fiction and fantasy author.
DJ: What is Swarm of Steel about?
Michael : After the grit and filth of Beyond Redemption and The Mirror’s Truth, I wanted to write something different. I wanted to write a love story filled with puppies and hugs and the kind of romancey smoochie smoochiness that leaves a warm feeling deep in the cockles of your soul. A cockle, of course, being a small, edible, marine bivalve mollusk. Why you have these in your soul is beyond me. You should prolly see a doctor. Anyway, I totally failed. Instead I somehow ended up with a gritty filthy love story between a cannibal and a dead woman. I don’t understand what went wrong. Surely I am not the problem.
DJ: What were some of your influences for Swarm of Steel?
Michael : I exist in a vacuum of ignorance and wanton stupidity. If something had influence on me, I am blissfully unaware. I do listen to a lot of skull-crushing death metal when I write. That may have flavored things a little. Continue reading