Thursday, October 24, 2013

Interview with Mike Hartner, author of 'I, Walter'

Mike Hartner is a father, son, author, patriot, geek (ret), and husband.

His love of all things genealogical led him to writing, and writing has now led him to fiction and a large epic saga. 

He lives in Vancouver, BC with his wife and son.

His latest book is the historical romance, I, Walter.

Visit his website at

About the Book:

This is the life story of Walter Crofter, an English commoner who ran from home at the age of 11.  After two years living on the street, he ended up on a Merchant Mariners boat in the service of the Crown.

On his first voyage, he rescued a girl from pirates.  A very important girl, who stole his heart before she was returned to her home.

This is the story of his life.  What adventures he had at sea; what took him off the waters, and what happened to him as he lived his life and stayed true to his character.

Purchase your copy at AMAZON.

Thank you for this interview!  I’d like to know more about you as a person first.  What do you do when you’re not writing?

Cheerlead my son, and take care of my family

When did you start writing?

About 15 years ago when someone asked me to write down the adventures of a few ancestors.  I wrote three books on my genealogy, then turned to fiction when I found out about the history of another relative.

As a published author, what would you say was the most pivotal point of your writing life? 

Publishing, and putting the work out there for everyone to read and comment on.

If you could go anywhere in the world to start writing your next book, where would that be and why?

Maui, because I love the island, or England, because the next two books will be based in Great Britain

If you had 4 hours of extra time today, what would you do?

Ravish my wife, and write.

Where would you like to set a story that you haven’t done yet? 

Location is never an issue with me.

Back to your present book, I, Walter how did you publish it? 

I, Walter is self-published.

In writing your book, did you travel anywhere for research?


Why was writing I, Walter so important to you? 

Because appearances can deceive.  Everyone has their challenges in life.

Is the book always better than the movie?

Definitely.. the book can swat flies.

Where do you get your best ideas and why do you think that is?

From my Muse.  Because she is a wonderful being.

Any final words? 

My final words are thanks.  To Robert L. Bacon, a great author who gives back by being an EXCELLENT editor and mentor.  And to you, the reader, for all your wonderful reviews and comments, both in print and verbally.  Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

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