Provex City by Michael Pierce

Welcome to Author Michael Pierce

Michael Pierce lives in Southern California with his wife, daughter, and two ultra-protective Chiweenies. Provex City is his debut novel and the first book in the young adult fantasy Lorne Family Vault Series.

If you could jump in to a book and live in that world, which would it be? 
I would love to jump into the world of Harry Potter. I would have loved to go to school at Hogwarts and be in Gryffindor. Hopefully, that’s what the Sorting Hat would choose for me! I hope they one day build a Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios in Los Angeles because that would only be an hour drive.   

Is there a song you could list as the theme song for your book or any of your characters?
Running Up that Hill by Placebo (cover). I used it as the first song in my Provex City playlist to set the mood and tone I intended the book to have. The song is slow, dark, and powerful. 

What’s the best advice anyone has ever given you?
Try until. Tony Robbins talks about that as the recipe for success. If you’re passionate and determined in your endeavor, then you go for it until you’re successful. Not for only a certain amount of years. Not for only a certain amount of tries. Until.

What TV show/movie/book do you watch/read that you’d be embarrassed to admit?
I’ve watched the complete box set of Gilmore Girls. I started out watching it out of obligation to my wife, but ended up really getting into it. And now Logan is on The Good Wife. Should I be embarrassed about that, too?
Favorite quote from a movie? 
“Every passing day is another chance to turn it all around.” – Vanilla Sky

Do you prefer to write in silence or with music? 
I love writing to music because it puts me in the mood of what I want to write. For the longest time I could only listen to instrumental music while writing, but I’ve trained myself to block or turn down the lyrics.  

Do you write as you go or do you have the book all planned out from page 1? 
I start with a three to five page working outline with major plot points and then begin writing. I figure out in the moment how to get to those major scenes and sometimes the outline changes as I go. One thing I did for Provex City was write the first few chapters and then jumped to the climax. After writing the climax, I went back and wrote until the characters got there.

How do you juggle writing & family life? 
It isn’t easy, especially with a one-year-old and working fifty hours a week. I try to maximize my time as best I can by listening to audio books during my daily commute, writing on my lunch breaks, and blogging in the evenings. Most of my family time is on the weekends, but I still try to get some writing in during my daughter’s naps.     

Do your characters really talk to you? 
My characters have lives of their own. I merely write what they do. There are a number of scenes in Provex City where I didn’t tell them what to do, but they told me. They knew what was best for them. They are better at staying true to themselves than me being true to them. I just watch and listen.

About how long does it take to write a book? 
With my crazy schedule the way it is now, I try to write 5000 – 7000 words a week. At that pace, it’s been taking me five to six months to get a first draft. My numerous rounds of editing, giving a partially edited draft to beta readers, and having my editor meticulously comb through the manuscript can take another five to six months. So my whole process is currently taking me about a year per book.  

This or That?

TV or Movies?  TV

Black or White? Black

Night owl, or early bird?  Early bird

Print or Ebook?  Ebook

Chocolate or Vanilla?  Chocolate

Coke or Pepsi?  Coke

Horror or Romance?  Horror

Skittles or M&Ms?  M&Ms

Harry Potter or Twilight?  Harry Potter

Gum or Breath Mints?  Gum

PC or Mac?  PC

Cats or Dog?  Dogs

Heads or Tails? Heads

Provex City

Fifteen-year-old Oliver Grain begins his school year fighting off bullies, learning about the boy who committed suicide in his room, and trying to understand why his history teacher, Mr. Gordon, has taken such a personal interest in him.

Do you believe in ghosts? Do you believe you can make bullies simply disappear? Do you believe you can walk through walls?

Mr. Gordon tells Oliver: “When you truly believe anything is possible, you will be able to open doors where there were only walls.” And one of those doors leads Oliver to Provex City, which puts him in far greater danger than he can possibly fathom.

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