Hello!  I’ve gotten a lot of people asking me how I come up with ideas, how I manage to write so much without getting “writer’s block”, how I handle my world-building, and much more.  So, with all those questions, I decided that we need somewhere I can answer all of them!

Here it is, the FAQ page.  If you’ve got a question you don’t see here… spin it along and I’ll see how fast I can get an answer up.

General Questions

Q:  How long have you been writing?

A:  I’ve been writing since I could pick up a pencil.  There have been several fantasies, multiple action novels, and the odd short story rolling off my keyboard and pen for years.  Some of them were even good enough for me to consider returning to them some day.  It’s only in the last year that I’ve been looking at it as more than an occasional hobby, though.

Book-specific Questions

The “Hunter” world

Q: What’s your inspiration?

A: Humor.  Seriously, Hunter’s wry wit lets me keep people laughing, even while giving them an exciting adventure.  That includes me; NOT being inspired would be the hard part!

Q:  How do you think up the beasties that Hunter catches?

A:  Whoo…. that’s a tough one.  The real problem there is that the perfect beastie will make or break a story.  Usually, I just pick a good-sounding animal and run with it.  If it’s a good one, the story works.  If not, the narrative starts to fall flat.  When that happens, I start looking for inspiration.  My oldest sister came up with my second-favorite beastie ever: the Blood-sucking Hummingbird.

Q:  Why a post-apocalyptic world for Hunter?

A: Frankly?  Because guys like Hunter don’t do well in the contemporary world.  Putting him in the 1800’s or early 1900’s would have worked, but that would have required a lot of retro-history.  It was more fun to create a world of the future, one that Hunter fits into like a glove.


Don’t see what you want to know here?  Ask me anywhere: in the comment section below, on my contact page,on Twitter or Facebook!






9 thoughts on “FAQ

  1. As I’ve asked before, regarding the reason for putting Hunter into an apocalyptic world, but what I’d really like to know, in addition to that, is whether you’ve done any sort of research into what that kind of world would be like? Such as, economy, government, if those things exist at all? And also who these people are that want such creatures, why they pay Hunter to track them down? Is it for research, or entertainment? It niggles at the back of my mind why there are wizards in such a world? And not scientists? I love the stories. And Hunter. But also have loads of questions running around in my mind. I guess it’s because my own stuff depends on a lot of research and I always try to find a valid reason for why such things are in the story etc. I have the same questions for any book I read, including my own work.

    • I’m thrilled to hear you like the Hunter stories this much!

  2. It’s mainly because I think once the manuscript is finished and you do get published Hunter will definitely be a story i’ll want to read!!

    • Thank you very much for the vote of confidence! I’ll try to live up to it. 😉

  3. Chesshires

    Why do you -as far as I have read- portray the Storm wizards as greedy and untrustworthy?

    • Um… because I can? 😀

      No, seriously though, the nature of the attitude necessary to work Storm magic usually requires someone who’s willing to do anything to get what he wants. 😉

  4. Michael, I like the new website! Very professional! 🙂 Here’s a question: do you think it’s important for writers to have official .com websites?

  5. michaelagunter3@hotmail.com

    Thanks!! I’m pretty pleased with it: it’s turning out so much better than I was expecting. 🙂

    Is that an official FAQ question, or just a question?

    Either way, yes, I do. Or rather, I think it’s important for us to have some sort of serious website (.org, .net, etc). Free websites like wordpress, blogger, or wix are good, especially since they let you get started easily so you can concentrate on writing instead of webmastering. However, when people visit your site and it’s a free site with the host company name in the address, it has two downsides. A. It makes your address less memorable and harder to get right. I mean, TheWriter.com is WAY easier to type correctly than TheWriter.wordpress.com. B. People know that sites with the host company name in the address are free and think “Hey, this writer isn’t committed enough to actually buy his own domain name and webhosting”. Most of the time it’s not true (we writers are usually constrained by tougher budgets than other people) but perceptions are powerful things.

    As a writer, I’m trying to do everything possible to get people to give my books a fair shake against all the other books out there. Having a professional “Official” website is just another step in that direction. 🙂

    • Great response – I guess it was an official FAQ question, in honor of the new website! 🙂 Your reasoning makes a lot of sense. Perceptions are indeed powerful. I’ve been getting back into writerly blogging for fun, but if/when my writing hobby ever kicks off, I know what I ought to save up for.

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