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Author Spotlight

Hi Everyone,

Today, I am thrilled to introduce you to Michael Evans. He is the author of the Control Freakz series. I first met him at a book signing at My Sister’s Books, a couple of years ago. He is an incredibly gifted young author. Today, he is giving away one free paperback copy of Control Freakz. See details below to enter. Good luck to all.

Enjoy!

~Ariesgrl

Hi Michael! Thanks for joining us today. Can you tell the followers a little bit about yourself?

Thank you for having me, and of course. Hmm where to begin… well, I’ll start off by
saying that I’m the author of the YA Post-Apocalyptic Thriller Control Freakz Series that
consists currently of three books and four novellas and author of the forthcoming
Conspiracy Chronicles releasing in the fall of 2019. I am currently in high school and am
graduating a year early to take a gap year and pursue my dream of being a full-time
author. However, besides writing I love peanut butter and fluff, walks on the beach
(especially with the stars at night!), and playing fetch with my crazy golden doodle Skye.

What inspired you to become an author?

I would say that more so than an author, at my heart I am a storyteller. And in all
honesty, nothing inspired me to become a storyteller. Recounting my experiences and
conjuring up ideas and dreams and weaving them into stories is just something that has
always come naturally to me, it is how I deal with everything in life and help others deal
with both the good and bad in their lives too. The specific stories I tell do have many
inspirations and most come from the future, or my desire, wish and hope that the
power of story can impact the world to be headed into an amazing future. With my
novels I try to paint a picture of darker futures in hopes that it compels society to
prevent that future from taking place, but principally I hope readers of my stories can
find things about the characters in the book that allow them to love themselves more
and live happier lives.

Which authors do you love to read in your spare time?

I love Stephen King, and one day would love to read each one of his books. In my eyes,
he is the greatest storyteller of the generation and his characters are always so
fascinating and feel so real. However, I really enjoy reading Veronica Roth, Alexandra
Bracken, Eyre Price, Cesar Torres, Mark Dawson, and countless more authors that I can
go on listing for a loooong time here.

Do you have any other books in the works?

Yes, I do! I’m currently working on the Conspiracy Chronicles, a new Technothriller
Dystopian mash-up series that explores the future impact of climate change on
resources in the world, and with heightened global tensions surrounding access to food
and water one company claims to have a solution that would eliminate material wealth
entirely. However, this radical solution involves the migration of hundreds of millions to
virtual worlds, and with Sam, a virtual reality gamer superstar of the game Deadwave,
being tasked to lead this cause, a wild journey ensues with Sam having to deal with a
forbidden love, his desire to win the Deadwave world championships, death threats
from competitors, and ultimately the impossibly high expectations of the only man he
loves in the world- his father. The first three books in the Conspiracy Chronicle series are
slated to be released in the fall of 2019, and the fourth book in the Control Freakz Series
will hopefully be coming out in the spring of 2020.

Is there a character in your books that shares some of your attributes?

For sure, I think every story that an author tells is in a way a reflection of them. For me,
Natalie shares my same fears about the future, and desire to get her past back, while
Hunter has more of the even temperament that I do. Ethan has the often methodical
mind that I do, however, the depression and anxiety Natalie deals with are less my
personal struggles and more those of teenagers as a collective. However, many of
Natalie’s thoughts, feelings/opinions on life are in fact my own and the struggles of her
loving herself and learning to love life are struggles I along with almost everyone have
experienced too.

How do you name your characters?

It varies. For main characters I will sometimes pick a name with a symbol, but more
times than not I will name characters with names that seem to have a good flow and
work well with my idea of who the character is. All my characters are like real people to
me, and as a result, when naming them I let their name come to me in an effortless
fashion so that my conversations with them in my head are more natural and feel real.

Where can readers find out more information about your books? (Social media, physical stores,
etc.)

Well, readers in Pawleys Island can always by signed copies of my books at My Sister’s
Books :). However, for anyone who likes to read ebooks online my books can be found
on Amazon in Kindle Unlimited HERE and my website, where readers get all the novellas
in the Memories From The Darkness Collection if they sign up for my newsletter is HERE.
On social media, I can be found at @mevansinked on Instagram and Twitter.

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A Quote to Begin the Day!

“She kept swimming out into life because she hadn’t yet found a rock to stand on.

~Barbara Kingsolver

 

If you could swim anywhere in the world, where would you go?

Enjoy!
~Ariesgrl

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A Quote to Begin the Day….

“Many people, myself among them, feel better at the mere sight of a book.” ~ Jane Smiley It took me a while to pick today’s quote. I narrowed it down to two, but this one describes my feelings perfectly. Anytime I was feeling sad or had a rough day, I would just go to my favorite bookstore, walk through the doors, close my eyes and take a deep breath. When I opened my eyes and saw all the shelves filled with books, the world would be right again. A smile would form on my face and I would take my first step towards the new journey that I would take, thanks to whatever books I would leave with that day. Books are passages, books are medicines, books are therapy. Books can help heal your past and give you hope towards your future, by fueling your dreams. They can provide comfort and adventure, they can give you many vacations and show you worlds you never dreamed of… All you have to do is read them. So join me today, as I curl up with a book and go on yet another journey! Enjoy! ~Ariesgrl

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