We had the pleasure of interviewing a humble, newly self-published author, Michael J. Santana.
How do you rank your writing compared to those you admire?
I can’t compare to my favorite authors because I’m not them. I can only write the best as I can, because I’m not Mark Twain or Charles Dickens.
How long do you have to write for each session before you get “in the groove?
If I’m inspired, almost instantly! Hours can fly by when I’m in a solid groove – when I’m not, maybe an hour if I’m lucky.
Where does your inspiration come from?
My inspiration comes from everywhere to be fair. Music is a major one or a random things I see and heard during the day with friends and family.
When was that moment when you realized that language had power?
When I was little, I sat in one of my mom’s college classes back when she was still a student. I was exposed to Locke, Edgar Allan Poe, Shakespeare, before the age of 8 and I learned how beautiful and dark the world can be.
If you could sit down with one writer from any period who would it be?
I would hang out with Bill finger the real creator of Batman. His story is so interesting.
If the universal super being came down right now and said, “I give you two choices. 1 – I will give you 100 million dollars for your work, but no one will ever be able to read a word you write, or 2 – You can never ever benefit even one dollar ever off of your work, but 100 million people will read every book you ever write. Which one do you pick?
While I would love for a 100 million bucks right now, I mean, who wouldn’t? But I would rather a 100 million people read my book, it would make the whole process feel more rewarding just knowing 100 million people read my stories and hopefully enjoying them. It would be awesome!
When did you know that writing was what you were going to make your life’s work? Or is it?
I realized that when I was like 25 years old. I have been writing stories with my brothers for years and I sat down one day and an idea appeared in my head. It was a book idea and from that point on I wanted to be a writer. So when I finished my first book last year I nearly cried. I was able to publish and write a book I honestly didn’t think it would happen. But with encouragement from my girlfriend and my friends and family I finished it.
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Michael Santana, 28 years old – I started writing when I was in high school with my twin brother and my two best friends whom are like brothers to me. But back then it was mostly fan fiction, especially since I’m a huge nerd. I always love action/adventure stories growing up, but as I grew older I began to get interested in scary movies and supernatural stuff and mythology has always been cool. So one evening after skyping my girlfriend, an idea popped in my head. It wasn’t a normal random thought it was a fleshed out idea. That was five months ago and now I have my first published book with more coming in the future.