Poe’s Mother by Michael Meeske
Blurb: Poe's Mother
1.When did you start writing?
I started writing in grade school – I wrote great stuff about flying saucers and alien attacks upon the earth. But, it wasn’t until my last semester my senior year in college that I took a creative writing class. It opened up a whole new world for me and I was so fired up I burned inside. The fire’s still intense when it comes to writing. Oddly enough, many people thought I should be a classical pianist because I studied piano and played for years.
I don’t think it was inspiration that drove me to write. It was a fire inside me. I struggled with “the drive” for years. It was almost a kind of bipolar anxiety – the highs and lows of the process. I’d be really charged up and then be unable to produce, at least the quality that I wanted. That unfortunate situation existed for years. After the floodgates opened in 1993, I haven’t been able to stop.
3. Do you find that it is hard to get people excited about what you do?
Not really. Everyone in my life, generally, as been supportive. I have a few friends who don’t take me seriously, but I think everyone goes through that. Those friends are not going to be impressed until you’re on the New York Times best-seller list. And, if you write romance, the standard question is, “When are you going to write a real book?” Poppycock.
4. What projects have you done?
I’ve written six novels, three of which are published: His Weekend Proposal , co-authored with Jenifer Otwell and available from The Wild Rose Press; Frankenstein’s Daemon, a sequel to Frankenstein, and Poe’s Mother, my psychological thriller, both available on Amazon and other outlets through Usher Books.
5. Any new projects coming up?
I have so many ideas I can’t write them all. As of today, I’m working on revising my first novel, The Combat Zone, a suspense murder mystery set in Boston’s former red-light district. It’s great to pull out the old stuff that didn’t sell, dust it off and put it out there for publication. Don’t ever throw anything away. You never know when you’ll use it.
6. Do you find it hard to share your work with others?
Years ago, I did, but I quickly got over it when I realized that I had to share my work in order to grow as a writer.
7. What is your opinion on people who post bad reviews?
It took a while for me not to take a bad review or a rejection personally. It still stings, hurts like hell sometimes, but my recovery time is much faster. A review is someone’s opinion. I recently did a review of The Road, which I loved. I was amazed when I went to Amazon and saw all the one-star reviews. It’s a wonderful book. Not everyone will like what you do – or get it.
8. Do you have any particular networking groups you would like to share that have helped you move forward with your success?
Yes. Romance Writers of America – ladies who are dedicated to their craft and the business of selling. Even
though my focus has shifted away from romance a bit, I would encourage any new writer to check out RWA. You will learn so much. There are men in RWA, as well. I was VP of Florida Romance Writers and I cannot sing its praises highly enough. You would be hard pressed to find a more dedicated and giving group of writers. Without FRW and RWA, I would have continued to flounder
Now is this not fun?