Ever get the eerie sensation someone’s watching you? I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but some freakish feelings are very well founded. O.o Today Michael Meyer is giving a peek inside his head as he shares his latest release, Deadly Eyes.
Reena Jacobs: Congratulations on your latest release. Please tell us a little about Deadly Eyes.
Michael Meyer: DEADLY EYES is a haunting Caribbean mystery. Living the good life on the idyllic Caribbean island of St. Croix, James Cuffy “Cuff” and his girlfriend Rosie are suddenly being stalked by an unknown person with a deadly pair of eyes that sees everything and misses nothing, and their once-relaxing stay on the beautiful island takes a treacherous turn, their world turned upside down, becoming a nightmare filled with murder, mystery, and danger.
RJ: Sounds like something to add to the book of “Worst Vacations Eva!” How much of you/your life do you put into your stories?
MM: As a writer, bits and pieces of myself and of people I have known, experiences I have had and places I have lived have found a home in my own writing. I have always loved a good mystery, and I was like a reader as DEADLY EYES came together for me. Having lived for four years on the small island of St. Croix, the setting for my book is authentic, but the characters are all from my own imagination.
RJ: I love when authors add a bit of realism to stories. Makes it seem all the more real. Which of your characters do you relate to most?
MM: I really like both Cuff and Rosie. They are romantically linked, and yet they are both strong individuals, who are perfectly matched to stand up to one another when need be. I miss working with them. I loved creating the repartee between these two strong-willed lovers, neither willing to back down or take a slight from the other without verbal repercussions. As a matter of fact, I probably am in love with Rosie. She is sexy, feisty, and quite independent, the perfect match for Cuff.
RJ: I see you were a writing professor for 40 years. That’s a long history of experience in itself. When did you first decide you wanted to be a writer?
MM: I have written my whole life. My study at home is filled with manuscripts of one sort or another. When I retired from my 40-year career as an English professor, I now had the time to work on the unfinished manuscripts I had started years before. I have now published fours novels on Amazon Kindle, and my fifth book is nearing completion. In retirement I have suddenly found the time I need to devote to one of my lifelong passions: writing. And I also am privileged to have the time to see things through to completion. The unfinished works in my study are quickly vanishing, to my delight.
RJ: Very cool to be in a place in life you can concentrate on the things you love. What’s the hardest part of the writing process?
MM: The most difficult part for me is placing the following words on my manuscript: The End. I get very involved with my characters as I write. I laugh and cry with them, and I agonize over their actions and their circumstances. They are like my own children. I am sad to see them grow up and then go off to live their lives on their own. Saying goodbye is tough, even though I know that they have found a very good home on Amazon Kindle.
RJ: What’s the easiest part of the writing process?
MM: When I am in the groove, which is the vast majority of the time when I am sitting at my keyboard, working on a manuscript, the characters call out to me, leading me onward, and it is exciting to me, because I never quite know where they will lead me. I have fun writing. It is pleasurable for me. The very second, though, that something seems to tough to handle at the moment, I stop. I will then go off and live my everyday life, waiting until the trigger I need pops into my head. That’s when I run back upstairs to my study and start working once again.
RJ: I know how that goes. 🙂 A shower typically does the trick for me. Do you have any advice for other writers?
MM: Write, write, and write, but have fun doing it. Life is too short to do otherwise. If it is not a pleasurable activity, then why do it?
RJ: Anything special you’d like to say to readers?
If you like DEADLY EYES, then see if you would also like his siblings, who all live with him on my Amazon author’s site. I love to write, but I am not good at all at tooting my own horn, so, if you enjoy my work, would you please toot my horn for me? Telling others verbally or by posting reviews will be graciously accepted and gratefully appreciated by this Indie author.
RJ: What are you working on now?
I am nearly finished with a collection of humorous vignettes. To date, I have published two novels of suspense and two humorous novels. I hope to write until I die, so I plan on having many more works published in the future, some mysteries and some humorous fiction.
About the Author
I have resided in and have visited many places in the world, all of which have contributed in some way to my own published writing. I have literally traveled throughout the world, on numerous occasions. I have lived in Finland, Germany, Thailand, Saudi Arabia, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, on the island of St. Croix, where DEADLY EYES is set. I gained the wanderlust to see the world, to experience other cultures, at an early age, and this desire has never left me. If anything, it has only gained in intensity as I have aged. I try to travel internationally at least once a year. In the interim, I spend lots of time traveling around both my home state of California and other nearby states.
I spent my early years in the small town of Lone Pine, California, the home of almost every western movie, in addition to a wide variety of other genres, made in the 30’s, 40’s, 50’s, and 60’s. In fact, Hollywood still films parts of big-time movies there today. My dad, the town’s lifeguard at the time, personally knew John Wayne, Lloyd Bridges, and Lee Marvin, all of whom came to the town’s pool, the Memorial Plunge, at times to cool off after a hectic day of working in the sun. I was even an extra in a movie filmed there in 1957, MONOLITH MONSTERS, a B-cult favorite even today. I was ten years old at the time. Even though I resided in a small town hours from the big city, I was exposed to the excitement of action and heroes at a formative age, and, thus, my interest in writing novels of suspense such as DEADLY EYES was born.
As a recent retiree from a forty-year career as a professor of writing, I now live in Southern California wine country with my wife, Kitty, and our two other cats.
Find the Author Online
Amazon author’s site: http://www.amazon.com/Michael-Meyer/e/B005E7M8CW/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_1?tag=zomoria-20
Facebook writers’s site:https://www.facebook.com/MichaelMeyersWritingLife/app_191387770912394
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