Monday, April 23, 2012

Author Interview: Michael Drakich, author of The Brotherhood of Piaxia

Today I had the pleasure of interviewing Michael Drakich, author of The Brotherhood of Piaxia. Here's a little info on Michael's book:
Years have passed since the overthrow of the monarchy by the Brotherhood of Warlocks and they rule Piaxia in peaceful accord. But now forces are at work to disrupt this rule from outside the Brotherhood as well as within! Follow Tarlok, Savan and Tessia as their paths intertwine, with the Brotherhood in pursuit and the powerful merchant’s guild manipulating the populace for their own end. ~ Courtesy of Goodreads

Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

I’m a father of three - my daughter Brooke, and two sons Miles and Erik. I lived my entire life in the most southern city in Canada in Windsor, Ontario. I’m a career Realtor for thirty-two years and now embarking on a second career as a writer.

You said that you don't have any writing degrees or awards, just a deep rooted love of writing and reading. What first inspired that love? Was it a particular book, a teacher, or did you just always know you wanted to write?

I’d say I became an avid reader at the age of ten. I’ll never forget the first serious novel I ever read, Moby Dick. In time, my tastes changed to mostly science fiction and fantasy. Throughout my teens I was probably reading a book a week. As the years passed, my life focused more on work but about ten years ago I found a renewed passion to read. It was only six years ago I made the decision to write. Believe me, it has been a long hard challenge. I needed to learn from scratch. In time, through four different workshops, hundreds of crit exchanges and countless hours in front of my computer, I believe I have evolved to the point where my work can appeal.

How do you market your work? What avenues have you found work best for you?

This is an interesting question. I first tried the old tried method of searching for an agent. No luck. Then I managed to secure a traditional publishing contract with a small publisher. My initial reaction – I’m on my way! Then reality bit. Leaving the marketing to them was disappointing. So now, with this latest novel, I’m going the self publish road. I’m trying a number of different approaches, but all of it is fairly recent (since March 15th last month) so the jury is still out as to whether they are effective. But having marketed real estate my entire career and having an Honors business degree behind me, plus my experiences with my first novel, I think I have a better idea on what I need to do.

What has been the toughest criticism given to you as an author? What did you learn from it?

This is the thing that I am most proud of. I never considered any of the criticisms as tough, they were all constructive. I took to heart each and every issue pointed out to me as a change needed. This novel, The Brotherhood Of Piaxia, is a good example. It was actually the first novel I ever wrote. When I made the decision to begin writing I sat down and began on this work on Monday, February 20, 2006, at 5:23:53 PM. Ten months later I was done. Boy, was I a proud papa. I quickly discovered, it was crap. Enter all the workshops, two other novels, a number of short stories and novelettes and I came full circle. It was time to try anew and I did a complete rewrite. All the advice and suggestions I had received along the way had finally paid their dividends.

Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?

I like to think of the lead character Jason Nesmith in Galaxy Quest. “Never give up, never surrender!” It has to be a passion. No matter how difficult the road may become, as long as you keep moving forward, keep honing the craft, and keep writing – it will come.

Thank you, Michael, for the fantastic advice. It's always so interesting to see how an author got their start.

Check out Michael's novel The Brotherhood of Piaxia at these great websites!


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