I met Michael at the Sci-Fi Valley Convention in Altoona, PA earlier this year. Myself and fellow Genre Fiction Author J.P. Bidula, Author of "Unlucky Seven"; were there promoting our Novels and simply "Geeking Out". We met Micahel and instantly hit it off! Michael is a very talented Author with an Amazing imagination that translates elegantly to paper.
Michael was gracious enough to even offer J.P. Bidula and I a spot on his Q&A panel for Indie Authors. We had a blast and I feel that I made a great friend. ( Pictured below- From Left to Right- Spike Bowan, Michael D'Ambrosio, J.P. Bidula)
IMP- How long have you been writing?
MD- I started writing in 1999 while on a Middle East tour. The books and VCR tapes we received were boring and I complained a lot about the lack of creative material to read or watch. Someone suggested that I write my own darn stories and stop complaining. So, I did. Fractured Time was published in 2001 and started with a bang.
After several short successful weeks, I was contacted by Centropolis Pictures who wanted to do a movie from the book. We had everything lined up for a deal and then it all fell apart. 9/11 happened and they backed out to go with something different. My publisher was bought out by another who didn't do fiction. So now I don't have a movie deal or a publisher. I had an add running on Fox TV for twelve weeks. I figured it couldn't get worse. This was probably the defining moment in my life as I became interested in screenwriting and started adapting my stories.
IMP- What got you into writing?
MD- I spent time in Europe in the early nineties and witnessed some shocking things during the Czec and Yugoslav breakups. They left quite an impression on me. Then, there were things that I'd seen throughout the nineties in the Middle East that really stirred the creativity in me. I'm sure you know what I'm talking about.
IMP- What is your favorite type of stories and why?
MD- I really enjoy adventure type sci-fi where the lead character has to use strategy to outwit the antagonist. Sometimes it's on a bigger scale such as in a military maneuver and sometimes its on a one to one basis going head to head with the antagonist.
IMP- What are some of your favorite projects that you have worked on so far?
MD- I recently finished a new script titled Space Truckers that I hope to novelize next year. It's gotten a lot of attention from producers so far. This is one I'd love to novelize once I finish my current project Queen of Pain. This story puts corporate greed into science fiction and pits two ex-spouses against each other. Imagine that.
My other series, Fractured Time, Space Frontiers, Pain and Night Creeps were a lot of fun but every time you think of something new, you feel like you're taking it to the next level.
IMP- Any future projects that you are excited about?
MD- I'm currently working on Queen of Pain, the sequel to the futuristic action story Princess Pain. As I mentioned above, Space Truckers is next for a novel. I'd also like to start on the sequel to the Space Truckers script. The amount of interest so far has me hopeful that this one will sell soon.
I'm also working on a short story for an anthology titled TV Gods - Summer Programming. In the initial anthology, TV Gods, my story Greek on the Beach was published in it. The theme is mythical characters in modern day TV series. Imagine Charlie Harper (2 1/2 Men) hanging with Perseus and sleeping with his mother, Hera. My story for the sequel will take an interesting goddess and put her in an episode of Suits.
IMP- What are some of your Biggest achievements so far?
MD- Being invited to speak at so many conventions is probably the biggest. I've been asked to the Library of Congress twice now. I am amazed at how many people come to see me afterwards and usually become permanent fans. Every author works very hard to be accepted and we try to entertain as well. When it's working, it's a natural high for us.
IMP- How do you feel the industry boom, with E-books and self-publishing has affected fiction writing?
MD-For readers, it's been great but in the big scheme of things, publishers and authors are losing out. We make very little on e-books and with the new 'clubs' we see from the likes of Amazon, readers get our stories at a very low price. Between Ingrams (distributors) and the bookstores, the publisher is already down to forty-five percent of retail. As a writer, you receive a percentage of what the publisher gets. As a result, many writers have either curtailed their marketing and appearances or retired all together. Numerous small presses have closed because they were losing money. The big presses are struggling as well. In about seven years, the number of serious writers will dwindle down to a much lower number than today. Most newer writers won't make it past two novels before they realize they can't sustain their writing with scant sales. Take notice at a convention how many of the authors are local only. People across the country are surprised when I tell them I'm from the Philadelphia area. Very few travel that kind of distance because of the costs. My advise to readers: support your authors, especially at conventions.
IMP- If you could have one super power, what would it be?
MD- Hmm. that's a very interesting question. I think the ability to transport through space and time to experience some of the thrills and challenges that mankind has faced through history. Imagine getting to know some of the great explorers and conquerors in history. That would be something to write about. Then going into the future to see who the next generation of heroes and villains are.
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CEO Spike Bowan is the Pittsburgh based Actor/Director/ Author/ Creator of the Alternate History Genre/Fiction saga "War in the Backyard".
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