Interview with Michael Chulsky
INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR MICHAEL CHULSKY
Today debut novelist Michael Chulsky has stopped by to tell us a little about himself and a little about his first book The Descending darkness. It is an amazing feeling having your first book published and we would like to extend our congratulations to Michael Chulsky for achieving this honour.
Kazza K: First off, tell us something about Michael Chulsky the person – do you have an evil day job? Are you studying?
MC: No evil day job, yet. Though I do have secret aspirations about world conquest – oops, ignore that last part. I’m planning on starting college in a few months after the chaos of a having a debut novel dies down.
Kazza K: Being a HUGE animal lover myself I have to ask – any pets?
MC: I’m an animal lover too! I have one of the most adorable cats in the world – a calico named Piper. She was named after the middle sister from Charmed.
Kazza K: Where do you call home? What do you love about where you live?
MC: For me, home is and always will be where the heart is. And my heart is with my fiancé. So in essence, home is anywhere he and I are together.
Kazza K: If you could visit anywhere in the world, where would you like to visit, and why?
MC: I would love to take a trip to Ireland one day. I’ve always loved the Irish culture.
KazzaK: I’d also like to ask what you do when you are not writing. Hobbies? Obsessions, uh, I mean passions?
MC: When I’m not writing I am watching anime (Case Closed, Fairy Tale, Ouran Host Club, Dangan Ronpa, to name a few) or playing video games. I also like to collect things.
Kazza K: On to writing! What inspired you to write, Michael?
MC: I am heavily inspired by my favorite TV shows and movies. Stuff like Xena: Warrior Princess, Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Charmed, Teen Titans, etc. Any show where average people have supernatural abilities.
Not writing TDD wasn’t a choice. I had all of these characters and this huge world in my head fighting to break free. I needed to get it out onto paper so that I could have peace of mind.
Kazza K: It is not always easy to grab teenager’s attention in a big market place for books. Why write Young Adult books?
MC: I wrote it as it came to me. Sure, I could have made all of the characters older and sold it as New Adult or Adult but that just wouldn’t have been genuine. I think that my generation and the generations after can connect to the characters.
Kazza K: With everything we do in life we have a learning curve. Seeing as this is your first published book, what did you learn about the profession of writing from this experience? Would you do some things differently in the future? If so, what would they be?
MC: One of the major things I’m doing differently is that I’m not slacking as much. I probably could have finished TDD a year earlier if I didn’t allow myself to get distracted. This time around, I’m staying focused and actually making an effort to write more. And from my experiences of the profession I’ve learned that you have to write what you know. You can’t write something you have no experience with. It just won’t mesh well.
Kazza K: Okay. I’ve read The Descending Darkness and while not LGBTQ it is something that has messages for the LGBTQ community, as well as people in general. If you had to pull out one main message of this book, what would it be and why?
MC: The one message that I hope EVERYONE draws from the novel…is that no matter what, fate has a plan for you. You’re destined for something great, even if you don’t realize it. What you can do – somebody else can’t, at least, not in the same way. You’re one of a kind and you deserve to be treated as such. More importantly, you deserve to treat yourself as such. There’s no replacing you.
Kazza K: Tell us a little more about The Descending Darkness. I know that The Descending Darkness is more in the realms of fantasy, but I suspect there is some real, personal meaning behind this book. Am I reading more into it, or am I right? If so would you care to share here on this blog?
MC: There is certainly more to The Descending Darkness than meets the eye. I think that there’s something really amazing about a group of people who are entirely different working together for a common goal.
I guess if people are really curious about the meaning, I would say that it’s really important to get to know people before passing judgment on them. You’d be surprised at the inner demons that everyone faces on a daily basis. Their demons could be the same as your demons. And people are here to help each other, not hurt each other.
Kazza K: Do you have any upcoming books? If so, please tell us something about them.
MC: Well, I’m currently working on TDD’s sequel (The Last Umorae, 2014) and perhaps a TDD novella (currently untitled)
In addition, I’m hoping to finish and release my first adult-themed novel, Red Rose, this year. And maybe a YA M/M Romance novel.
Thank you to author Michael Chulsky for taking the time to stop by and have a chat with Kazza K and Greedy Bug Book reviews. Kazza K’s review of The Descending Darkness is here.
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