Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Author Interview - Piasa by Michael Kott

Describe your book in five words or less.

Legend come to life.

How did the ideas for your books come to you?

Some are based on dreams, Piasa was based on stumbling across a picture of the Piasa painting found on the bluffs over Alton, Illinois. What would happen if... I thought.

What is the hardest part of writing for you? What's the easiest?

The hardest part is sometimes keeping on track. I currently have 4 projects, including one with my daughter, and I’m constantly shifting focus. The easiest is sitting down and writing as ideas seem to flow.

What's next for you? Are you currently working on or have plans for future projects?

My daughter and I are doing a final (if anything is ever final) revision of Academy Daze about a young girl’s pursuit of what happened to her brother who disappeared. Our agent is relentless in making us better. Next is the sequel to Piasa, titled Shaitaini, with the same characters. I’m also working on two other novels; one being revised, the other 80% completed.

Why did you choose to write for specific genre?

I let my stories pick the genre. Most are YA adventure or mystery oriented.

What's it like hearing that readers are eagerly awaiting your book's release date?

I haven’t gotten there yet, but several reviewers of Piasa have said that and it feels great that I’ve connected with them.

What is one question that you've always wanted to be asked in an interview? How would you answer that question?

I’ve never thought about that. If I did I’d be truthful as always.

What was your road to publications like?

Long and hard. My daughter and I have been working and reworking Academy Daze for 10 years. Our agent, who is quite particular and well known, loves the story and our main character; so we hope to someday see this title go to press. My book, Piasa, was luckily published by 2 Moon Press in Marshall, MI, and it has been a pleasure to work with them. Hopefully they will publish Shaitaini too.

Author Bio:

Mike Kott has been writing with his daughter Krystee, and on his own, for the past ten years.

On his own, Mike has written several novels. He is currently editing Lifeshift, a work of paranormal fiction, best described as action/adventure, with a dose of a love story. Concurrently, work continues on Shaitaini, a follow-on novel to Piasa, and Moonglimmer, another work of Paranormal Fiction.

With Krystee, he has co-authored Academy Daze, the story of a girl’s first year at the US Naval Academy. The YA novel, originally a screenplay, is loosely based on Krystee’s experiences. In addition, Krystee and Mike wrote the screenplay, Road to Annapolis; based on her experiences at Michigan Tech University, the year she spent there; prior to getting into the Naval Academy. Adapting this screenplay into a novel is a possible future endeavor. Mike and Krystee are also planning the second novel of the Academy Daze series.

Mike was twice chairman and also a past secretary of the Schaumburg Scribes writing group in Schaumburg, Illinois, where he lives with his assistant, a Maine Coon cat named Chessie. He also served as senior editor of the groups Chapbook in 2006, 2008 and 2009. He is a member of the Chicago Screenwriters Network and founder of the Schaumburg Novel Writers Group.

A graduate of DePaul University in Chicago and a retired computer systems analyst, in his “spare” time he volunteers for the United States Naval Academy as a Blue & Gold Officer, interviewing potential candidates for the Navy’s college in Annapolis, Maryland. In addition, he is an avid model railroader and railroad historian, a member of the Northwest Trainmasters Modular Railroad Club and Great Northern Railroad Historical Society. In what’s left of his spare time he is an avid reader and gardener.

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1 comment:

  1. I never thought I would see the Piasa bird on a book cover. When I was little and my family would go to Pierre Marquette for dinner, I would hide from the Piasa when we would pass it.


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