Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Blog Tour - The Last Archangel by Michael D. Young. Interview and giveaway.


Hello everybody!

I am really happy to be part of the Blog Tour of The Last Archangel by Michael D. Young.
The tour is organized by Cedar Fort Publishing and the author Michael D. Young.

Michael D. Young agreed to give me an interview and there will also be a giveaway of his book, you can find the details after the interview. I have read the book and I really enjoyed it. You can find the review of The Last Archangel here.

Before we go to the interview - more information on this book and author can be found on the following websites:


The Last Archangel on Goodreads
Michael Young Fan Page
Michael Young on Twitter
 
 
 
Ladies and gentlemen, please give a warm welcome to author of The Last Archangel Michael D. Young!
 
Part I


I: Please describe yourself with few sentences. Who are you?

MY: I’m a man who wears many hats. I love to teach, write, sing, perform and parent. I work for a language learning company by day and sing and write by night.

I: What inspired you to want to become writer?

MY: The excellent work of other writers I enjoyed growing up. And the fact that I’ve developed a crazy imagination over the years. You’ve got to do something with it if you’ve got it.

I: Who did you want to become when you were a kid? What did you dream about?

MY: I changed my mind every few months. I thought about being a pilot, a doctor, a pharmacist, etc. It was only later that I decided to be a teacher/writer. My dreams did include, however, having a family and singing in the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, both of which happened.

I: What brought you to writing? When did the idea of writing your first book form?

MY: The light bulb came on in high school. I literally woke up one day and said “I want to try that.” The idea for my first book didn’t really come from a “eureka” moment. My book ideas are more like water dripping into a bucket. A lot of ideas pool together over time and out of them comes the core of the book.

I: What do you do when you are not writing? Do you have any hobbies?

MY: I’m a musician and love singing and playing the piano, and even writing the occasional song. I also get a kick out of spending time with my two little boys. Their unflagging joy for life is contagious.

I: What is the most difficult aspect of being a writer for you?

MY: Waiting. Nothing moves fast in the publishing world. Whether it is waiting for a response on a query letter, or waiting for the next book to get into print, the only thing for certain is that it will be awhile.

I: If you wouldn’t be a writer, what would you be and do?

MY: I’d love to be a professional musician or a full time professor. I’m licensed to teach both music and German.

I: Who or what is your Muse?

MY: I get many of my ideas from music, more of the feelings that music creates and less of the actual words themselves.

The Last ArchangelI: Did you ever experience writer’s block when the writing process just wasn’t moving ahead?

MY: I put some much time into letting my ideas mature that I rarely encounter writer’s block. The times that I have come up against it, I simply shift gears to another project for a while and that seems to help.



Part II

I really loved The Last Archangel, so, let’s talk about the book and characters and your other published and yet not-published books.

I: The Last Archangel is your 3rd published book. You published The Canticle Kingdom in 2010 and Portrait of a Mother in 2011. Would you describe shortly, what these 2 first books are about?
The Canticle Kingdom

MY: “The Canticle Kingdom” is about a group of people who live inside of a music box, but who do not realize that yet. The story involves the people in the box trying to find a replacement ruler for their kingdom from the outside world and also chronicles the path of the music box as it travels around the world during the 1940s. “Portrait of a Mother” is a much shorter work, perfect for Mother’s Day. It tells the story of Nina, a little girl who gets to make the choice of who her mother is going to be.

I: Where did you get the idea for The Last Archangel from? How was the book born?

MY: It is hard to pinpoint a single event. I was a missionary for two years in Germany and did a lot of thinking about religious things like angels, and during that time started thinking of ways to incorporate them into telling an action/adventure story. I set to work on it shortly after I had finished the first draft of “The Canticle Kingdom.”

I: Which character do you love most in The Last Archangel? Which character can you mostly relate to?

MY: I’ve got to say I’ve got a soft spot for Xandir, though I feel I can relate the most to Eden. Xandir because his conflicted nature makes him interesting and Eden because I’ve battled many insecurities of my own, and have come through okay anyway.

I: Will there be a sequel to The Last Archangel?

MY: I’ve already mapped out two other books to make it into a trilogy. As long as the first book does well, I’m going to follow through and write the other two.

I: I really liked the usage of the names of the characters in the book. There were a lot of names with meaning like Eden Fortuna and Judith etc. Is that a coincidence or did you name your characters on purpose with the name with meanings?

MY: Yes, I was very careful with the use of names. The subject matter of angels and demons warranted names that had some religious overtones. For example, Eden brings to mind a woman who plays a pivotal role in how events pan out. Other angels like the High Seraph got names ending with “el”, which signifies deity. Xandir, as a fallen angel, does not get a name with that distinction.

I: I’m aware that The Last Archangel is pure fiction, but I’d still like to ask: are any of the characters inspired by real persons?

Portrait of a MotherMY: Only ones found in the Bible. As a Christian, I do believe that Cain was a real person and the names of his sons Jubal and Tubal are also mentioned in the Bible. I didn’t really base the other characters on anyone.

I: I must ask you about new book to be published. What will it be about? Anything you can tell us already?

MY: I’ve got several projects I’m working up to, so I’m not sure which one will be coming out next. I’m working on one called “Prometheus Returns” in which I put a new spin on the legend of Prometheus (the guy who supposedly introduced fire to humankind) and make him an extra-terrestrial being who likes to give primitive civilizations advance technology and watch the aftermath for his own amusement. In this story, he lands in New York City and pandemonium ensues.

Part III – Favorites

Who is your favorite author? C.S. Lewis
What is your favorite book or series? The Abhorsen Series by Garth Nix
What is your favorite book blog you follow? http://www.thepassivevoice.com/
What is your favorite song? Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy”
What is your favorite season? Autumn
What is your favorite food? Lasagna
What is your favorite car? Any BMW
What is your favorite color? Blue
What is your favorite movie? Lord of the Rings
What is your favorite time of the day? Late night
What is your favorite weather? Sunny with a light breeze

Thank you, Michael, so much for taking time to answering all my questions! I really enjoyed working with you!

Giveaway:

Cedar Fort Publishing and Michael D. Young were generous to give away one copy of The Last Archangel.

Details:
This giveaway runs from 13 - 21 July.
The winner can choose either hardcover or ebook.

Entries:
Fill in the form
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Optional entries:
+5 to Like Michael D. Young's Facebook Fan Page - http://www.facebook.com/authormichaelyoung?ref=ts&sk=info#!/authormichaelyoung?sk=wall
+5 to Follow Michael D. Young in Twitter - https://twitter.com/#!/mdybyu
+5 to become a fan of Michael D. Young's author page in Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/3305484.Michael_D_Young

Happy hunting, everybody!

4 comments:

  1. Thanks so much Inga! I really enjoyed working with you and I'm so glad that you enjoyed "The Last Archangel".

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  2. Thanks Inga! This looks amazing!!

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  3. Thanks for coming by Michael! I liked the headline of your blog post: Angels and Estonians :) That was fun!

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