Michael John Wilde has been here before, scroll down and find out more about his book To Love a Stranger. Thank you again for the interview Mr. Wilde!
1. What is your writing process?
Usually I approach writing like an office job. But for TLAS, I got so involved in where the story was taking me, that several sessions of midnight oil burning took place.
2. Who are your largest author influences?
Probably the experiences I’ve tripped over when they’ve unexpectedly landed on me.
2. What is your favorite book?
No favorites, anything that holds me past the first chapter.
3. What are the five things people do not know about you?
Just read To Love a Stranger and choose for yourself.
4. What genre do you write?
I’ll tackle most subjects. But can’t see myself writing hard core or anything overly intellectual. Outside my experience and ability.
5. What is your most recent book To Love a Stranger about?
A story partly influenced by a number of actual events, some of which I have first hand knowledge. It tells of Mike Gilbride, a ten year old village lad, who befriends Old Bob a blind ex-soldier who cathartically recalls his life’s secrets to Mike. Old Bob’s stories influence Mike’s life. Mike, closing in on seventy and terminally ill, decides to relate his and Old Bob’s stories to his only grandson Teddy. Mike and Old Bob’s lives are laden with family dramas, spying, treason and the search for love of a stranger.
6. How do you come up with characters for To Love a Stranger?
Now that’s simple. Most are based on actual people that I either know intimately or heard about in passing. A collision of characters that finally blended to make actual and fictional events work together.
7. What are your favorite characters in To Love a Stranger and Why?
I suppose here is a decision where factual and fictional characters compete. The Old Bob character, I met in a similar situation as described in the first few chapters; a charming man who led a village lad down an unexpected educational highway. Although fictional, I’ve crossed swords with other like GT, Old Bob’s grandfather. GT is everything I dreamt of being. And the old devil died with a smile on his face.
8. Is there a message behind To Love a Stranger?
In truth I never set out to send a message. But on reflection it must be to grab every experience that life pitches up. But also to be prepared to accept the consequences with good faith.
9. What compelled you to write about espionage and conspiracies?
Well if one is told of interesting events then at some stage they must be documented, in this case into a “factional” yarn. This experience started with an insight into unwanted exposure to treason and developed from there.
10. What is the hardest part in writing To Love a Stranger?
Knowing when to stop. I could see an expansion of Teddy’s story, as he listened intently to Mike deliver two secret life stories.
11. What did you enjoy about writing To Love a Stranger?
The way I felt close to many of the characters, in some cases having experienced some of their actual and fictional stories.
12. How long did it take for you to To Love a Stranger?
Parts were written several years ago and like many writers suffer, the few pages written were tossed aside uncertain how to make it work as a novel. But when the catalyst appeared, in the shape of Donna my publisher showing me the way forward, it took around six months to complete.
13. Have you traveled for your book, if so where?
To all the countries mentioned in the book, including (Rhodesia) now Zimbabwe, South Africa, Hong Kong, Dubai, and many other countries across the globe.
14. What are your next writing projects?
I’ve started working on a screenplay for a 4/6 part TV series based on To Love a Stranger. Also I’m just proofing Tommy Mac, a novel telling of a teenage Irish rebel, a brilliant rock musician with IRA connections. But I’m also being asked to write the next story of Jango. Jango’s first story, “Jango and the Evil Man-People, seems to have captured the hearts of all who’ve now read of his adventures.
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