Welcome back to a special bonus 3Q’s! You know it’s funny – I’ve probably had close to 100 3Q’s now, but haven’t posted/scheduled one in probably a month! So, when Mike sent in his replies and I said I’d slap them up for a special 3Q’s, I realized I was out of sync with doing it! Rusty for some reason! But I got my mojo back and here we are!
When you hear the name Mike Thorn, your reading brain should automatically squirm. He crafts brutal darkness, unsettling situations and characters that you want to root for. His short fiction is phenomenal, his long fiction is fantastic and he has been a massive supporter of so many writers, myself included!
Please welcome Mike!
Steve: What does your writing time look like? Do you try and write at the same time each day? Do you have a word count you attempt to hit?
Mike: I rarely maintain consistent writing schedules for extended periods of time. When I have writing assignments (anthology invites, collaborative projects, etc.), I tend to work fast and furious. In cases like those, I’ve sometimes written upwards of eight hours a day. When it comes to my own work, I’m not always so regimented. I’ll write in bursts, sometimes I’ll have periods of stasis, sometimes I’ll chip away a little bit every day. I often get much more obsessive and zoned in during the editing process.
Having said all that, I believe that a regular writing routine is the ideal way to go, if possible. Do as I say, not as I do.
Steve: You end up at an estate sale and discover an unpublished manuscript from an author you love. Do you keep it just for yourself or do you share it with the world?
Mike: Well, to be overly literal about it, I’d need to look into the rights situation, because chances are slim that I’d even be legally allowed to share this unpublished manuscript with the world. But if I could help get it out into the world, of course I would!
Steve: Tell me about your newest release (novel/story/poem/novella) and why someone should read it!
Mike: My most recent release is the short story collection Peel Back and See. I think it’s probably the most pessimistic book I’ve written. It features sinister Internet-dwelling entities, occult artwork, an otherworldly orgy gone wrong, and several deals with the devil (among other things).
I also have a new story called “The Events” in Shattered & Splintered, edited by the awesome Laurel Hightower and James Sabata. All proceeds from that anthology go to the Glen Haven Area Volunteer Fire Department.
Steve: Bonus Question! You wake up in a comic book. What is your comic book character and what is your superpower?
Mike: My comic book character would be Writer Able To Sustain Himself Purely On Earnings From Creative Work Man. My superpower is evident in the name.
Well played, Mike, well played!
Thank you again for doing this! As always, check the links to find more of his work!