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Blog Tour: A Different Time by Michael K. Hill: Author Interview. #BookBlogger #BookBloggers #BlogTour #UltimateBlogTour #ADifferentTime @MKHill0221 @WriteReadsTours

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On my blog today I am taking part in the Ultimate Blog Tour for A Different Time by Michael K. Hill with an exclusive interview with the author, himself.

My thanks to Dave at The Write Reads for the tour invite and also, to Michael K. Hill too.

A Different Time.

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 5111 KB
  • Print Length: 197 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1099118530
  • Amazon UK  /  Amazon US

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A lonely, young man risks all to uncover the mysteries of the woman talking to him from the past, but time is running out.


Interview with Michael K. Hill.

1 – Would you please tell us about A Different Time?

It’s the story of a lonely, young man who discovers a videotape from the past, with a recording of a mysterious girl, talking directly to him. To keep their conversation going, he must uncover more of her tapes, and time is working against them.

2 – If you had to summarise A Different Time in one sentence, what would it be?

A lonely, young man risks all to uncover the mysteries of the woman talking to him from the past, but time is running out.

3 – Where did the idea for A Different Time come from?

My daughter was showing me a photo project she had completed. And the idea popped in my head about someone in the future discovering something like this and having a strong connection to it. The idea evolved from photos to videos, but I loved the idea of two characters destined to be together, but separated by time.

4 – What was your favourite part of writing A Different Time?

The book is filled with little details that honor all the special people in my life.  So, for example, the dates used for each of the chapters, all have significance to me. It was fun to include things like that.

5 – If you had to make a music playlist to accompany A Different Time what songs would be included?

Keith makes a playlist of songs he knows Lindsey likes and listens to it when driving through California. Also, there are several different songs mentioned specifically in the text, because music is very important to me, and I wanted it to be part of the book as well. So here is the official playlist:

  • Imagination, Belouis Some
  • Sound & Color, Alabama Shakes
  • Need You Tonight, INXS
  • Only Time, Enya
  • This Time It’s For Real, Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes
  • Moon Dreams, Miles Davis
  • Crystal Blue Persuasion, Tommy James and the Shondells
  • Logical Song, Supertramp
  • My Mind, Portugal. The Man
  • With or Without You, U2
  • California Dreamin’, Sia
  • Somewhere Over the Rainbow, Israel “IZ” Kamakawiwoʻole

6 – If you had to choose the ideal drink and snack combination for a reader to enjoy whilst they are reading A Different Time what would you choose?

I’d like to think it pairs well with a nice cabernet, wheat crackers and Gouda. But in the interest of full disclosure, I wrote the entire book while consuming coffee (cream, no sugar) and plenty of biscotti.

7 – When did you decide to become a writer?

I had an early fascination with storytelling and actually wrote my first “book” when I was ten. It was a dozen pages long, stapled together with a hand-illustrated cover. It was called “The Bug” and represented my first foray into self-publishing. Exactly one copy was sold, and depending who you talk to*, it’s very valuable.

*my mom

8 – Why do you write/What inspired you to become a writer?

In high school I took creative writing classes and really enjoyed it. But shortly after graduation, I got a job working in television production and writing sketch comedy for an independently produced show. I spent five years there and advanced to co-head writer. When the show got cancelled, I moved into freelance non-fiction writing. I did that for about ten years.

Then in 2016 I took part in a creativity sprint hosted by Zoetic Press, called Write Like You’re Alive. The challenge was to create something new—poem, short story, flash fiction—every day for a month. It ignited a spark in me that’s been burning since. I published my first collection of short stories in May 2017, and now my first novel in July 2019.

9 – What do you find to be the most rewarding part of writing?

There is something magical about the written word. Telling stories is etched into our DNA, going back to the dawn of time. To be a part of that lineage as a storyteller is a gift. 

10 – What do you find to be the hardest part of writing?

I am endlessly criticizing my work. It’s not an exaggeration to say the worst things ever said about my writing, were said by me. I’m brutal. It’s taken a long time to learn how to control this internal critic I have and not allow him to disrupt my writing sessions. But figuring out how to do that has been the single most important thing in the advancement of my work.

11 – If you were asked to give one piece of advice to an aspiring writer what would it be?

Study and learn the craft. There is so much that goes into making a novel work (concept, theme, characters, plot, structure, writing voice, etc.). It’s essential you understand all of that before you dive in. And I know there are many writers, who see outlines or any kind of structure created before writing as sacrilege, but I promise, mapping out the important beats of your story BEFORE you write is the key to success. It doesn’t stifle creativity, it frees it up.

12 – When writing are you a plotter or a pantser?

I tried pantsing and failed miserably. I read a book by Larry Brooks called “Story Engineering” and it completely changed the way I developed my material. As I mentioned earlier, knowing the essential beats of your story is critical to writing it well. Some people say no, and then they spent a dozen re-writes figuring out their story. For me, this is the most efficient and logical way to develop new content I have ever seen in my twenty-five years of professional writing.

13 – Have any authors influenced your work?

Yes, many. My teenaged years were spent devouring everything from Stephen King, Ray Bradbury, Edgar Allan Poe, Shirley Jackson, and H. P. Lovecraft. Then I found Tolkien and later George R. R. Martin, I love Kurt Vonnegut, Ray Bradbury, Asimov there’s so many.

14 – What are your top five favourite books?

  • The Stand by Stephen King
  • The Complete Stories of Ray Bradbury
  • Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace
  • The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde
  • Ghost Story by Peter Straub

15 – If you were writing your autobiography what would you call it and why?

Off On a Tangent.

All of my life, whenever I talk about something passionately, it seems to trigger other, completely unrelated ideas— tangents. I learned to jot them down, otherwise they’d be lost. One of them led to my debut novel. 

16 – When you aren’t writing how do you like to relax?

I watch films, listen to music, read, go for walks with my dog, play poker, and spend time with my family and friends.

17 – If you could change one thing about the state of the world, what would it be and why? – your answer can be serious, fun or both.

I wish we could universally address global warming. The embarrassing aversion to science exhibited by my country’s (United States) current administration, is horrifying and harmful. Thank god there are people like Greta Thunberg in the world.

18 – Do you have any last words for the readers of this interview?

Thank you for your time!


About Michael K. Hill.

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Beginning as a sketch comedy writer for American television, Michael K. Hill progressed to become an internationally published writer of fiction and non-fiction. His short story anthology, Anansi and Beyond, published in 2017, and his debut novel, A Different Time, is available now. He lives in Connecticut with his wife, kids, and 7 rescued animals.

Website:

http://michaelkhill.com/


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3 thoughts on “Blog Tour: A Different Time by Michael K. Hill: Author Interview. #BookBlogger #BookBloggers #BlogTour #UltimateBlogTour #ADifferentTime @MKHill0221 @WriteReadsTours

  1. Sounds like a good book. It’s like a movie I saw many years ago (hallmark Hall of Fame movie) where a man who found love letters in an old writing desk and he wrote the woman back. The letters went back in time to the woman. It was sad at the end though.

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