Tuesday, October 20, 2015

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

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.

His latest book is the historical romance, I, Mary.
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Title: I, Mary
Author: Mike Hartner
Publisher: Eternity 4 Popsickle Publishing
Pages: 266
Genre: Historical Romance

Mary Crofter's first trip on the water was just after her first birthday, when her parents came from her birthplace in Kilwa to Portsmouth. She's been on several trips from Portsmouth to London and other places since. She loves the water and the water seems to love her. Can she survive on the water? Will people ever take seriously a GIRL as a sailor? Will she ever come off the water? If she does, will the lure of the ocean draw her back?

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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?  

 I spend my days, and most of my evenings, cheerleading my son.  I also act as Go-Fer for the family.   I have a VERY responsible position in the family.  If anything goes wrong, I’m Responsible.

When did you start writing? 

I first wrote when I was a pre-teen.  I wrote a great deal of poetry in my teens and twenties.   I turned to novels in my mid-30s. I have been writing The Eternity Series for the last three years.

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

The most pivotal point was seeing the first thirty or forty reviews of  I, Walter and realizing that this series was happening.

If you could go anywhere in the world to start writing your next book, where would that be and why?   
A little cottage close to the beach in Maui.

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

More work on the next book.

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

This series is just starting, so I’m not sure how to answer that question yet.

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

I self published this book, as I have with other books in this series.

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

No, but I did do research on a number of issues to make it more realistic.

Why was writing I, Mary so important to you?  

 I, Mary  is the first time I have portrayed a female voice.

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

I get my best ideas from my muse.  As for why?  My muse is very interested in my success.

Any final words? 

I want to issue a thank you to all of my readers and those who’ve reviewed my books, as well as my editor.   Thank you to all

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