Welcome Leighgendaries to the fifteenth edition of 10 Questions With…
Today, our guest is:
Michael David Anderson
Horror and suspense novelist Michael David Anderson was born in Sevierville, Tennessee, in 1985. He spent his childhood years in Georgia and Tennessee. At the age of seven, Anderson began writing short stories, and in 8th grade he published his first poem “Dog,” which he later included in his poetry collection Delusions of Grandeur & Illusions of Eloquence. He graduated from Karns High School in Knoxville, Tennessee, in 2003, and he possesses degrees in both Psychology and English.
Anderson has published several books of poetry as well as a handful of short stories. He has published two novels, both of which are installments of the Teddy Dormer series: Teddy and Wake. He recently began work on his next novel.
He lives with his significant other, Heather Moira Green. Bandit, his dog, is a German Shepherd/Retriever mix and serves as a constant distraction from his writing. Heather’s beagle-boxer mix Daisy Mae, despite her smaller size, makes for an even bigger distraction, however.
It’s time for:
10 Questions With Michael David Anderson
1.) What is something that many people might not know about you?
I am a stand-up comic. I have been part of several character roasts with Scruffy City Comedy, playing roles such as The Riddler for the Roast of Batman and Lord Voldemort (complete with horrible makeup) for the Roast of Harry Potter. More often, however, I do open mics around town. In 2014, I was a finalist in the Old City Comedy Competition.
Do I get paid? No. But it’s a great creative release, and it lets me exercise my creativity in different ways. I was in acting in high school and briefly attempted to be an independent film director; comedy gives me the immediacy of performance that writing doesn’t provide.
2.) What inspired you to write your first book?
Teddy, in a lot of ways, was an experiment for me. The idea for the character of Teddy Dormer came to me fully formed two years before I started writing. I had been working on other projects (some of which are still forthcoming), but something about the character wouldn’t let me go. I started writing the book for National Novel Writing Month on a whim, and most of what I wrote that first month made it into the final version of the book… with the standard bevy of heavy edits, of course.
As for the content of the story, I’ve always found the idea of storytelling through dreams fascinating. To have a character like Teddy Dormer whose very existence is influenced to such a degree by dreams gave me an incredible sandbox in which to work, something I took to a far darker place in the second tale, Wake.
3.) Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
I can’t claim a single favorite author – there are too many great writers out there – but Stephen King has to be one of the longest running authors I’ve read consistently. A lot of people don’t realize there is a pathos to King’s work. Yes, there is horror, but so much of what makes his books work is the psychology behind the characters. Some of his best works deal more with the human condition than they do the things that go bump in the night.
4.) If you could have dinner with any author, dead or alive, who would it be and why?
As much as I’d like to have dinner with King, I think I’d go with Shakespeare… mainly to pick his brain. (Also, there’s that idle curiosity about whether or not Shakespeare truly wrote his own work or was merely a ghost writer or pseudonym, as so many crackpot theories suggest!)
5.) What book are you reading now?
A Storm of Swords by George R. R. Martin. (I’m late to the Game of Thrones party.) I’m close to the end though, so I intend to blaze through Stephen King’s latest Finders Keepers before I start A Feast for Crows.
6.) Are there any new authors that have captured your interest?
Patricia Gilliam and Doug Romig both are other Knoxville authors I’ve enjoyed. Another friend of mine, S. Gates, has her first novel, Bodies Are Disgusting, out as well.
7.) If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in any of your books?
Definitely. There’s one thing in particular in Wake that catches my eye every time I flip through the book. (I sometimes find myself flipping through a copy, still unable to quite believe it’s actually in print.)
8.) Can you share a little of your current work with us?
I provided an excerpt for Pubslush when I did my pre-order crowdfunding campaign for Wake. You can find it here.
9.) If you were to get rid of one state in the US, which would it be and why?
New Mexico. Every time I drive through that state, something bad happens.
10.) A penguin walks through that door right now wearing a sombrero. What does he say and why is he here?
The first words out of the penguin’s mouth are, “Please, no more tequila!” before he falls flat on his face. It’s only later that we find out that he was kidnapped from the local zoo and taken to Mexico for a weekend of debauchery. He won his freedom in a drinking game, but he paid the price for winning!
Go ahead, pimp whatever book you want:
Teddy and Wake are available on Amazon in both print and Kindle editions! Or, if you would prefer to order it through a book store, you can do so at Barnes & Noble. It’s not in the stores, but they can certainly get them for you!
Also, if you want a shorter sample of my work, the story Memoria is only $0.99 on Kindle!
GIVEAWAY 1: Michael David Anderson is going to giveaway an ebook bundle of Teddy and Wake. All you need to do is answer the following question in the comments:
What is the name of the only short story Anderson has released on Kindle?
GIVEAWAY 2: We had a winner so fast from giveaway 1 that Michael David Anderson has decided to do another one. This time, everyone who answers the following question will be entered into a drawing for an ebook bundle of Teddy and Wake. We will accept answers through midnight on Wednesday night, 8/12/15. Michael will then draw a winner on his birthday, 8/13/15. The question is:
What was the name of Anderson’s first published poem?
I would like to thank Michael David Anderson for joining us for this edition of 10 Questions With… I hope you have enjoyed getting to know this author as much as I have.
Michael David Anderson is running a Kindle Promotion for Teddy and Wake. Each of them will be on sale for $.99 from August 13-17. Make sure you check them out because Teddy is normally $4.99 and Wake is normally $7.99.
Addendum: There was a delay on the promotion but it should be live by day’s end (8/13/15).
Teddy Dormer lives with a condition unlike any other: in order to sleep, he must not only inadvertently steal the ability for others around him to sleep, but he also experiences their worst nightmares, memories, and darkest secrets. This is a condition he has lived with his entire life, often with dire consequences, but he has a system that works for him. Teddy lives on the road, perpetually moving from place to place, never subjecting his presence on the same population for longer than a single night.
However, at a small hotel in Texas, Teddy discovers through a young woman’s dreams that she has been kidnapped. Driven by conscience, Teddy does what he must to find and free her from the clutches of evil. What he cannot anticipate, however, is how this singular deed will trigger a chain of events that will not only compel him to confront an evil from his past but will also lead him to an encounter with a force far beyond anything he has ever faced before – a force with the potential to change the world as it sees fit!
Teddy is a novel about the dichotomy of the human condition, for even in the face of absolute madness, good may persevere and hope will endure.
Upon his arrival in the idyllic coastal town of Scarborough Hill, Teddy is afforded only a brief night of rest before he receives a prophetic dream of nightmarish intent.
All his life, Teddy has endured the dreams of others against his will. Without them, he is unable to sleep. Therefore, whereas most people would dismiss such a vision, Teddy knows the dream for what it is: a promise of violence that will rock the town to its core.
Armed with the knowledge that atrocities will soon be committed, Teddy sets out, but the forces aligned against him are far worse and more powerful than he initially realizes. In the hours to come, Teddy will find himself locked in battle with a darkness that sweeps the entire town, a darkness many would believe demonic… but Teddy suspects its origins are far more sinister.
Before this day is through, Teddy will confront the darkness within us all, and he will come to truly ponder all the meanings of the word