Monday, December 12, 2016

A Bookish Conversation with 'I, Angus' Mike Hartner




Mike Hartner was born in Miami in 1965. He’s traveled much of the continental United States. He has several years post secondary education, and experience teaching and tutoring young adults. Hartner has owned and run a computer firm for more than twenty-five years. He now lives in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, with his wife and child. They share the neighborhood and their son with his maternal grandparents.

Mike’s latest book is I, Angus (The Eternity Series Book 4).
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During a time of civil strife and purging the North has lost more men to Wars then it ever did to Nature.

Angus has grown up learning that his life is better off with only him and a family. But is that really in the Grand Plan.

The North needs someone to build community.

But first, Angus needs to be forged... beaten, shaped, bolded and trained.

Watch as Angus hits both lows and highs across the lands of England, Scotland and France, before meeting a challenge of new land.

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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? 

When I’m not writing, I do several things. One is photography. www.bcbaldeagles.com shows many of my photos of bald eagles.  One is reading.  I have a list of several authors and different genres that I read.  Most of my day, though, is spent supporting my family in all forms.

When did you start writing? 

I started writing in my childhood.  But, at that time it was only when the Muse inspired me through life events.

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

I think that there were several.  And both of them happened at a writing conference that I was at:  the SiWC (Surrey International Writer’s Conference).   The first was listening to Jack Whyte read the first chapter of I, Walter with his thick Scottish brogue and make everything sound good.  And get good feedback from that conference.   The Second event was when Lisa Rector was talking about good editors.   And through every comment my head was nodding yes, and I was seeing my own editor in all her comments.  My editor, Robert L. Bacon, of www.theperfectwrite.com has been a fantastic editor, and a good friend. His suggestions and edits have helped to make each of my books a great read for everyone.

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

Well, Book 5s early setting is in the North of Scotland.  And I’d love to be able to go and wander the North of Scotland.  Tho’ I think I’d wait for summer

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

Write. Write. Write.

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

 I don’t have a good answer for that.  The Eternity Series is historical and it will set different characters across much of the world by the time it’s done.  But, it’s historical, so setting is important, in a historical context.   5 starts in Scotland, and while I’m not sure about six, I would not be surprised if it started in the Colonies.

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

I, Angus, like the rest of The Eternity Series, has been published through Eternity4Popsicle Press.

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

No.  I’ve done my research exclusively online.

Why was writing I, Angus so important to you? 

I, Angus is very important to me.  The whole premise of The Eternity Series, is to detail the lives of ‘ordinary’ people. The Eternity Series is, very intentionally, an update of Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales, on a global basis.   I, Angus  is important in this series for several reasons.  The first is that Angus is the first character not Blood Related to the Crofter family.  And he won’t be the last.  A second reason is that while the first three books of the series (I, Walter; I, James; and I, Mary) were started on the water, Angus is the first to be solely a land based story. Another reason is that the Crofter series ( Books 1-3) were written with a romance in them, that of their chosen life partner,  Angus is a lay-priest.  His life partner is the work of the Bible. And so, the romance aspect is largely missing.

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

 My muse.  My muse has ben whispering in my ear for some time now, and through her actions, I’ve come to trust her judgment in the writings.

Any final words?  

 Please accept a very hearty thank you to all of my readers, and especially those who’ve taken the time to write reviews for the books.   And to Shelf-ish for hosting The Eternity Series and me on your site again this year.  Thank you very much.

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