Michael Offutt has been putting this off for ages now. He was able to hold me off for a while, saying he had no books to talk about, but now that he’s officially a published author, his excuses have run out. He must face his fate. And that fate is… the HOT SEAT!
Yes, that’s right folks. You thought you were safe, but it’s back! Prepare for further buttocks burnings!
Let’s get started. What genre(s) do you write?
I write science-fiction/dark fantasy in third-person omniscient. My science-fiction takes place on Earth instead of in outer space. Plus I like young characters, so my story features a boy protagonist that is 17-years-old.
[CJ: That's my kind of sci-fi. I much prefer stories that are earth-based, don't ask me why!]
Tell us about your recently published book, Slipstream, in 25 words or less!
Jordan Pendragon is a brainy jock who falls in love with a guy and discovers he’s an archangel created to fix a broken computer.
[CJ: Wow, that sounds like a lot to deal with! I'm assuming that computer is kind of important?]
Short answer: Yes. Long Answer: The computer was designed to prevent humanity from going extinct, and it’s really powerful. In my story, it went insane and Jordan is supposed to restore its programming.
Most of us write part time. How do you spend your time when you’re not writing?
I work full-time programming environmental control units for quadriplegics and setting up computer systems for disadvantaged people who are looking to find a job or to further their education in order to get a job.
[CJ: Sounds like rewarding work!]
Tell us a little about your writing process.
I get an idea for a novel, plot it out, and then write it.
[CJ: You make it sound so straightforward! ]
Who or what are your biggest writing inspirations?
Writing something and then having one person say they liked it is the biggest inspiration. It makes me want to write something else for them..
[CJ: I know that feeling. It's amazing - and definitely inspirational. ]
What have been the biggest challenges you’ve faced as a writer?
Finding people supportive of my writing.
[CJ: Hooray for the blogosphere, hey? ]
Time for the HOT SEAT questions!
Have you ever considered giving up writing? Why? What made you continue?
Yeah. I continued because I asked myself, “what else am I going to do?”
[CJ: Fair enough!]
Finish this sentence from your character Jordan’s perspective: Something most people don’t know about me is…
I’m really scared of failing.
[CJ: Aww, poor Jordan! I feel ya, buddy...]
Now finish the same sentence from your perspective: Something most people don’t know about me is…
I don’t have many actual friends.
[CJ: Quality over quantity, right? ]
More about Slipstream:
Jordan Pendragon is crazy good at fixing situations that have gone bad. It’s a talent prized by his high school ice hockey team. However, when a car accident puts Jordan in the hospital, he wakes up with more than just an amazing slapshot in his toolbox. Jordan can manipulate space-time and in just a few weeks, he’ll depend on it to save his life.
If you’re interested in buying Slipstream, visit Michael’s books page.
Think you’re tough enough for the HOT SEAT? Let me know in the comments and I’ll schedule you in for a buttocks burning.