Author Michael F. Stewart
After crewing ships in the Antarctic and the Baltic Sea and some fun in venture capital, Michael anchored himself (happily) to a marriage and a boatload of kids. Now he injects his adventurous spirit into his writing with brief respites for research into the jungles of Sumatra and Guatemala, the ruins of Egypt and Tik’al, paddling the Zambezi and diving whatever cave or ocean reef will have him. He is a member of the International Thriller Writers and SF Canada, and the author of the Assured Destruction series, 24 Bones, The Sand Dragon, Hurakan, Ruination and several award winning graphic novels for young adults.
If you could travel in a Time Machine would you go back to the past or into the future?
Future—all the way to the end.
If you were a superhero what would your name be?
You can’t trick me this easily. I’ll never tell you my real name.
What is your favorite thing to eat for breakfast?
Crepes – every Saturday morning with my four daughters.
Skittles or M&Ms?
Please tell us in one sentence only, why we should read your book.
Nary a vampire, a spell, nor a werewolf in sight, and yet there is magic in these pages.
What inspired you to want to become a writer?
Reading. Entering so many worlds through books, and the desire to ensure new worlds inspire others.
What was your favorite book when you were a child/teen?
I’d have to say the Elfstones of Shannara. Terry Brooks hooked me. It reads so cliche today, but back then, the coming of age story really spoke to me.
What’s one piece of advice you would give aspiring authors?
Only to write and to keep writing and to work on craft. You can’t improve without writing but you need the tools as well, and there are tools readily available.
If you could be one of the Greek Gods, which would it be and why?
Zeus. It would come in very handy when attempting to land a big publishing contract.
What is your favorite Quote?
Be brave and go forward. Dalai Lama. I was there when he said these words. So simple and yet filled with compassion. It’s the Buddhist version of ‘Just do it.’
When you were little, what did you want to be when you “grew up”?
A writer. Really. Always.
Can you see yourself in any of your characters?
Oh, absolutely. Books are autobiographical to some degree whether an author wills it or not. That makes me a sixteen year old girl. 😉
I can see financial statements as pictures. You can see why this is hidden…
How do you react to a bad review?
Dead silence. It’s the only option.
If you were a super hero what would your kryptonite be?
What do you do in your free time?
*Looks around for mythical creature ‘free-time’* Seriously though, I read, play with my kids, love to cook, skateski, dive, kayak, swim, run.
Any other books in the works? Goals for future projects?
OMG, yes! Assured Destruction is a four book series and I need to finish the last two. The whole series is:
Assured Destruction: Wannabe Lamer
Assured Destruction: Script Kiddie
Assured Destruction: Hacker
Other than that, I’ve got a Sci Fi called Jak Hammer, a thriller series called The Terminals which has already been optioned for television, and a middle grade novel called Gnomic. Lots more in the works too!
Sixteen-year-old Jan Rose knows that nothing is ever truly deleted. At least, not from the hard drives she scours to create the online identities she calls the Shadownet.
Hobby? Art form? Sad, pathetic plea to garner friendship, even virtually? Sure, Jan is guilty on all counts. Maybe she’s even addicted to it. It’s an exploration. Everyone has something to hide. The Shadownet’s hard drives are Jan’s secrets. They’re stolen from her family’s computer recycling business Assured Destruction. If the police found out, Jan’s family would lose their livelihood.
When the real people behind Shadownet’s hard drives endure vicious cyber attacks, Jan realizes she is responsible. She doesn’t know who is targeting these people or why but as her life collapses Jan must use all her tech savvy to bring the perpetrators to justice before she becomes the next victim.