It was a clairvoyant that suggested Michael write a book, he did and hasn't looked back.
Although an established multi-genre author, with best-selling children's books, comedies, and a true life story called 'Just Five More Minutes' , which he wrote and narrated. (This book went on to win the 2019 Independent Audio Book awards.)
Michael has always had a voracious appetite for Si Fi and fantasy, but in particular, epic fantasy.
The four books of his Wand Chronicles series is an amalgamation of his creative ideas, imagination, thoughts, and experiences. As a hook, he also created and developed a game board to accompany the books which went on to be voted in the top 10 of best new board games for 2019 in the UK.
He is being recognized as a challenger to Tolkien and George R.R. Martin, but with less darkness and drama, and a little more humor.
Coming from an acting background, he has always strived to make his performances believable, and so it is with his characters he creates for his books.
He is currently writing a series called 'The Big Fairy Adventures.'
What did the clairvoyant say to you?
I went to see this clairvoyant because 3 months earlier my wife had been attacked and murdered. I was left with our two boys who were 4 and 6 at the time.
The clairvoyant gave me a great reading about that, told me things that lifted a huge weight off my shoulders, but then completely out of the blue, during the last 15 minutes of the session, she said you need to write. She was almost grabbing me by the lapels and insisting I write. She told me it was inside me and I needed to let it out.
I wasn't sure what she meant, but I almost had to promise her that I would.
It was probably a 'man' thing, but I thought she was talking about spiritual writing. So I would sit down when I was quiet with a candle and put pen on paper and just let my pen write what it wanted. After a few days of writing gibberish, I gave up.
That very week I went to my local supermarket and decided to have a coffee that overlooks the shop floor. When I sat down, I noticed every other table had a single person sitting just watching the shoppers below. They all had sad, glum faces, so there and then (excuse my French) I decided to call it the S.B.C.
The Sad Bastards cafe. And something happened on the shop floor, that I found funny and wrote it into my Facebook. This happened regularly every week, and then people started to say how they enjoyed my short articles, so then I found out about Amazon KDP and put them all together in a book. A comedy and I called it 'Memoirs from the SBC. That is how it all started. I haven't looked back.
Do you prefer to write adult fiction as opposed to children's books?
Hmmm. I enjoy both, but for different reasons. I guess though that adult fiction wins by a nose. You see my children's books have moral issues, and children will soak up anything you tell them especially 3 to 6-year-olds. My adult fiction should be called child fiction. I still believe part of my mind is that of a 6-year-old boy.