Author Interview & Book Giveaway: The Girl Who Ran With Horses by David Michael

I’ve got another great interview and giveaway to share with you today!  Welcome to author David Michael.

Most days, David Michael is a software developer and a writer. Some days, he’s a writer and a software developer. Other days, he’s an amateur photographer. Because, really, who is the same person every day? David is the designer and developer of DavidRM Software’s The Journal, personal journaling software for Windows. He has also designed and developed video games, and has written two nonfiction books and numerous articles about video game development. David lives with his wife and kids in Tulsa, Oklahoma. David blogs about writing at Guns & Magic: You can contact David at:

If you could travel in a Time Machine would you go back to the past or
into the future?
I’d be tempted to go back to my late teen years and give myself a good talking to. A combination butt-kicking and pep talk. And then the self-corrected me would have a *lot* more fun in college. And then I’d be all jealous and go back again and stop the future me from ever meeting the past me and set things back to how they were–though maybe leave behind a little spending cash…

If you could invite any 5 people to dinner who would you choose?
Mark Twain, Robert Heinlein, Elliot Erwitt, Vincent Van Gogh, and Tom Petty.
That would be one bizarre/awesome dinner party.

What is one book everyone should read?
I can’t answer that question with just one book. Here some of my favorites:
“Neverwhere” by Neil Gaiman
“Ender’s Game” by Orson Scott Card
“Huckleberry Finn” by Mark Twain
“Tunnel in the Sky” by Robert Heinlein
“The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy” by Douglas Adams

What is your favorite flavor of ice cream?
Used to be “Bunny Tracks” by Blue Bunny or Braum’s “Peanutbutter Cup”.
Then I developed a peanut allergy.
So now it’s strawberry cheesecake.

What is your favorite thing to eat for breakfast?
Poached eggs on toast. Or fried eggs over medium. With bacon. And maybe a sausage link or two. With a side of a pancakes and some hot maple syrup. And maybe some toast? Buttered?

What’s your favorite music genre? Favorite artist? Song?
I’m all over the map, musically. This year (2010), I’ve mostly listened to techno/electronic/dance (VNV Nation, And One) and a few types of metal (Rammstein, Sabaton, Dragonforce).

Is there anything you need in order to write? (ie Chocolate, quiet, music)
Privacy (or at least no one looking over my shoulder) and music. I *can* write without either of those, but I don’t *like* to.

Night owl, or early bird?
Staying up late is *much* easier than getting up earlier. You can draw your own conclusions.

Pet Peeves?
Writers (including screenwriters) who don’t pay attention to the details when the information is easily available. Or who bore me with dull dialogue and characters who justify themselves to themselves.

Skittles or M&Ms?
Both are good for me. Just not at the same time so much.

Favorite Cartoon?
Sin City (does that count?)
Robot Chicken (or am I still missing the point?)
Toy Story (or do you want CN/Saturday morning?)
Power Puff Girls

If you could be one of the Greek Gods, which would it be, male or
female, doesn’t matter and why?
I loved James Woods’s portrayal of Hades in “Hercules”. If I could be that cool, I’d go for Hades. Otherwise, I’d probably settle for Ares.
If you’re going to be a god, might as well be in charge of something cool.

What is your favorite sport to watch on TV?
National Football League, specifically the Dallas Cowboys.
Even when it hurts.

How do you react to a bad review?
Publicly? I don’t.
This is public, right? So that’s all I have to say about that…

What is your favorite book that has been made into a movie?
“The Stand” by Stephen King. A great book made into an exceptional TV miniseries.

What do you do when you are in-between books?
Writing? Wonder what I’m going to work on next.
Reading? Go to the library and grab a couple books at random.

Where is your favorite place to read/write?
Writing: My software on my laptop on my desk in my office in my home.
Reading: My back porch in the late spring or early autumn, feet propped, the birds making a racket in the background.

If you could jump in to a book, and live in that world.. which would it be?
“Enders Game”, the battle school.

What was your favorite book when you were a child/teen?
“Tunnel in the Sky” by Robert Heinlein.
“Enders Game” by Orson Scott Card.
What is your favorite quote?
There was only one way to test a toilet. (from “The Mote in God’s Eye” by Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle)
“The enemy’s gate is *down*.” (from “Ender’s Game”)

If someone wrote a book about your life, what would the title be?
“Just This Guy, You Know? A Biography”

What is your guilty pleasure?
Watching “The Fifth Element”.
Listening to Bon Jovi.

How did you celebrate the sale of your first book?
I believe I said, “Cool.” Though it might’ve been, “Rockin!”

Write a haiku about your book.
No. I won’t do it.
My wife is a poet. She
would be quite annoyed.

David’s Blog:

Thank you David for taking time to do an interview and for allowing me to host a giveaway of your book. The Girl Who Ran With Horses is a tween/young adult adult novel with a few touches of contemporary fantasy/paranormal.

The Girl Who Ran With Horses by David Michael:

It’s summer vacation and all 13-year-old Stevie Buckbee wants is to be close to her family again and to ride her horses–especially Jack Rabbit, her first horse all her own. But past tragedies threaten her plans before the summer has a chance to begin. Even as she discovers that she is somehow able to communicate with Jack Rabbit and the other horses on the family ranch, she finds she can no longer get through to her Dad and brother Blake. And what good is it to be able to run with the horses if no matter how fast and how far she runs, everything she knows and loves is lost?

Giveaway Details:
1 Copy of The Girl Who Ran With Horses open to US & Canada
Giveaway is open until 1/25/11.

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