Interview with an Author - Micah Chaim Thomas

  • Tell me a little about yourself, personally.


I'm not much of a person. I'm not sure if I was always like this. I'm detached from a sense of being a person. So, I do things. I make art and write and bumble through this brief life.


  • What is the name of the book or books you have published?


Well, there is the Eudaimonia series: Evidence of Changes Vols 1, 2, 3 - all short story collections. Then, three sequential novels, The Little Demons Inside, The Ghosts We Hide, and Reasons Only Time Allows. Oh, and the art book, The Art of Eudaimonia.


Then there's kids' books, The Dreamer, HELLO put down your phone, and Drake.


  • Where can they be found?


All are on Amazon.


  • Do you have any current WIPs?


Oh yeah. Too many, though I usually only seriously work one at a time.


The Seekers' Tarot, a deck and a full on book (coauthored with Lynn-Cee Faulk) of tarot and mysticism designed around Eudaimonia.


A secret collaboration of shorts for end of year 2020.


A vampire novel.


  • How are they going?


The Seekers' Tarot deck and book might be available by end of Oct 2020.


The secret collaboration? Hard to say if I'll make my deadlines.


The vampire novel is tremendous fun. It is a very angry book. No romance. No magic. The Malcontent.



  • What got you into writing?


I started writing as a kid. I read a lot. Libraries were a safe place in my world of tumult. At some point, I wanted attention or something and started writing my own stuff. Fanfic without any knowledge that fanfic was a thing. When I was 16, I got into poetry and short stories. By 20, I was writing screenplays and treatments.


  • What keeps you focused?


Am I focused? I have no idea if I am or not. My concepts are usually so fully formed by the time I put pen to paper, all I have to do is empty my mind when I have the time and pour the stuff out. It doesn't feel like focus. It doesn't feel like anything. I don't even feel like I'm there.


  • What gives you inspiration?


I don't know if I should share this. Inspiration for me is some prime mover which combats inertia. Mine are usually emotional. A great anger or sense of exalted transcendence. Absent those two things, I can pretty much be inactive in all things.


  • How do you battle writer’s block?


I surrender. I try to listen to my body and my feelings. If I'm not into it, I rest. Often, I'll submerge my brain in books, movies, shows, music, or anything that triggers images in my brain or feelings in my heart. When I'm ready to write again, I'll pick it back up. Forcing myself through pain in anything has never helped me.


  • Did you decide on traditional or self publishing?


I self published all my titles since 2017, but I don't think exclusively in those terms for all work.


  • What made you make that choice?


I knew that the Eudaimonia series was going to be niche. Not having a firm genre and the conventions supporting readership of a genre, I knew I couldn't pitch this thing as marketable. No shade against trad publishing, but they need work holding promise of sales. It is entirely possible I'll write some things which fall into that bucket, but Eudaimonia was not going to be it. Not that the series is so violent or so radically outside the box, but I was making choices which went against the grain of popular works.


  • How does it feel to be considered an author?


Is that what people think of me? It doesn't feel like anything. I find a personal inability to relate to ideological forms and I'm way too disconnected from myself to know how I feel. There are three common responses to telling anyone you are a writer and thus are "considered" to be an author.


1. Yeah, but what do you really do for work?


2. I have a friend who writes.


3. Oh. I always thought about writing a book one day.


The things are dead ends for me and I excuse myself to go return some overdue videotapes.


  • What’s your social media platforms for people to find you?


Website

Amazon

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