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Michael L. Drummond

The Tunneling Chemist, fiction, March 1, 2010

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Birthdate? August 13, 1978

When did you start writing? I started in earnest in July of 2008.

When and what and where did you first get published? My first publication was a short, silly essay called "Heat Life," wondering what the universe would be like if it were infinite.  It was accepted for publication in Spaceports Spidersilk on August 18, 2008. The next day, I received an acceptance notice for "The Godsfather," a fantasy re-imagining of the nearly eponymous movie, in Semaphore. It was the only time (thus far?) I have received acceptance notices on consecutive days.

Why do you write? I love conceiving ideas, coming up with varied situations and figuring out how people (be they goblins or magic swords or what have you) respond and change in response to these situations. And I love the feeling I get when I know I've told the story well.

Why do you write Science Fiction and/or Fantasy? Like 90+% of fantasy authors, you can blame Professor Tolkien for that one. When I was a kid, I used to swing a stick at bushes, slaying orcs left and right as if I were at the Battle of the Five Armies. Something like that stays with you throughout your life!

Who is your favorite author? Your favorite story?  I'm in awe of Steven Erikson and his Malazan Book of the Fallen series. How someone can make a world that big, with over 100,000 years of history, pump out books that size annually, and not be (as far as I know) in an insane asylum? Wow.

What are you trying to say with your fiction? I don't think I've revealed any life-changing truths yet. I just like to tell fun stories.

Do you blog? Where? Nope

If you could write your own epitaph, what would it say? That was fun.

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