So its been awhile since we last talked and Mike Evans has been up to a lot of stuff so we decided to do a follow-up interview to bring everyone up to date. Always busy and a dedicated family man it amazes me that he finds time to write. So let’s find out what Mike Evans has been up to………
1. It’s been awhile since we talked what new books do you have out now? Latest release?
I had to look when I sent you my last questions to remember what book was coming out. It was Orphans 5
What have I put out since then???
The Stranger Book II of The Uninvited Series, this is freaking brutal and you would love it!
Voices in My Head Book 1 of hopefully more lol haven’t decided totally
Flight 906 to Chicago this is for best-selling author Nicholas Sansbury Smith’s Kindle World based on his Extinction Cycle.
Last but not least is my favorite Demons Beware
2. If you could pick any author alive or dead to have lunch with who would it be? Why?
I’d like to talk to Tufo, mostly I think we’d be talking about guns and drinking beer and we are both large fans of smoked meat, pretty sure that we’d get along great and talk zero business lol.
3. What is the strangest thing a fan has ever done?
Really can’t complain about any weirdness I’ll get some people who go back and like my last eight months of posts which will blow up my FB account for the day but other than that, not have anyone hiding in the bushes, or backseat of my car, or sending me beer bouquets at home lol
4. What is the one thing you dread to do when writing?
Honestly the read through when I’m done. It’s quite difficult only because you are so damn excited when you write it and then you go back through and the second guessing starts if it should stay if you should tweak it, do I suck, should I scrap a bunch of stuff, is it too short, too long, and then you finally finish and realize after beat that it’s okay and you’ll be repeating the process in another month or two lmao.
5. Did you have imaginary friends growing up? Tell me about them
Not really sorry just pretty imaginative kid, always had an idea and always was off doing something I could play out scenes in my head far past what you should and over think things It is about the same thing I do today and end up with lots of words because of them.
6. Do you go to conventions? If not why?
Starting to actually. I did a small comic con like really small and a local author fair because my loving wife made me. I’d always said I didn’t have enough books or following to do one and she told me to go and do one because I had over a dozen books out at the time. I enjoyed it so much that I signed up for the small comic con and have a quite large one coming up in May here in Des Moines, Iowa where I live and will be Wizard World as of now I am there. If things go well this year I might have to do a little traveling in the midwest. I think my favorite thing besides the meeting of new readers and talking books and other nerdy things is that I split the tables with my zombie author friend Joey Dursky and get to shoot the shit for 2 to 3 days which doesn’t even seem like work.
7. How many times did you have to submit your first story before it was accepted?
My first book that I released was indie at first for Orphans. My good friend told me that I should sign with someone and not have to worry about anything, so I laughed saying yeah right and how I wouldn’t know who to talk to and the sob sent me the president’s email of a company. I set up to do a 3 book deal for the orphans but the timing didn’t workout so again I was indie. After I won zombie book of the month club I signed on with Winlock Press. They put out Orphans in 2015 I believe but shortly after I decided to remain indie and unless something drastically changes with myself I don’t see myself going any other route. I’ve seen that indie writers can make a living out of it, and one day I myself hope for that to be a reality.
8. Ever consider not writing? If so what made you continue?
Not really, once in awhile I make the mistakes of reading reviews where the books might not have worked with people, and it is the best way to kill your I can do this kind of attitude
9. Ever thought about writing in a different category?
Well as of now I’ve covered thriller kidnapping suspense, zompoc with two series, a devil making a deal with a king making the first vampire followed by God making the first werewolf. I’ve got a killer for hire series. A slasher in the woods who is effing brutal and I love him for it. A psychotic five-year old with multiple personalities and now I just cracked the barrier with Demons. I have a few other styles I’d like to try a more military themed zombie series and I have some ideas for ghosts and some extreme horror stuff that will really like to do one day this year I’m not sure if those things will happen. I’ve got a full schedule.
10. Any new additions to the family?
No way, just books lol. I have the perfect number of dogs 2, kids 2, and wives 1. We’ll probably be a two dog family forever or until I’m too old to take a pup out in the middle of the night.
11. What is coming up next for you?
I am waiting for The Unwelcomed book III of the Uninvited series to come back from the editor. I’d like to release it in March and hope to have Orphans six out by May or June. It’ll be about every two months three tops between books. Not really slowing down just going to spend a little more time marketing this year and letting people read the books before they get another thrown at them. After Orphans 6 Endure is out I’ll probably be writing Demons Beware 2 not named for sure yet.
12. Do you do release parties? Do you think they work?
I do on some books not all. I think it really depends on the day of the week and of course the crowd. I think doing it closer to releasing them is smart and more effective and starting the series at 99 cents is good to especially when you have a new series out.
13. Do you have crazy stalker fans? Have you ever had one you wish would go away?
No, not really too many crazy fans. I am happy that people want to speak to me about anything in the first place as I just consider myself a working class guy that has a family and not anyone overly special or more so than any other person if you know what I mean. I am sure that I’ll have a crazy at some point but safe as of now, knocks on wood.
14. Do you still have a “day job” ? If so what do you do?
I do unfortunately. I work for a loan company and try to help automate processes for employees to save time and the almighty dollar. With a big helping of other duties as assigned.
15. What is your process for writing? Do you have a voice in your head?
It all starts with an idea. If I can’t quit thinking about it I’ll start working on an outline. I very much have a voice in my head and they never shut up lol. Once I get a outline and decided that is the next book I pound out a first draft. I re read it and then send it to four beta readers. They make all the corrections they can find. I send off to my editor, then I read it again, send it to six more beta readers and by then I really really hope that everything is good to go.
16. Is there a book you want to make a sequel to you haven’t yet?
I had some plans for Buried and some ideas for Deal with The Devil I just never got back around to them. If I ever hit the big time and could afford to write anything I want I’d probably write one of those. I really have more things to write that are stand alones or could be new series. This fall I may or may not have time to write some of those.
Thanks for another great interview Becky I really appreciate it!
You are so welcome Mike! All the best!
Thank you for taking the time to read my crazy jargon folks!