Mountain Boy, fiction, Issue 30, June 1, 2015
Birthday? May 6, 1981
When did you start writing? I was a kid, maybe fourth grade. My brother and I were very serious filmmakers, writing our own sequels to Die Hard 2: Die Harder. In our young, impressionable minds, it was the finest piece of action cinema ever produced. We were compelled to continue the series, creating the most ridiculous action films of all time, writing convoluted storylines and cringe worthy dialogue. We just kept cranking them out, and it was this experience with my brother that sparked a drive for storytelling.
Serious writing came during my senior year of college, and I've been working at it ever since, writing for comics and prose.
When and what and where did you first get published? My first published work was a comic called Myth that was part of DC Comics' digital comic imprint Zuda. Eventually Myth became my first creator owned series that was published in its entirety by Alterna Comics.
My first prose work was published by the great folks at Shotgun Honey, with a flash story entitled "White Trash."
What themes do you like to write about? Childhood seems to find its way into a lot of my work. The innocence and purity of that time holds a lot of emotional resonance with me. The way a child views the world around them just amazes me, in that no matter how dark things might get, they see the world as a good place.
I'm also a sucker for revenge stories. The theme of vengeance and what it can do to people is a very interesting topic.
What books and/or stories have most resonated with you as an author? Why? How do these stories and their characters find expression in your work? I don't think I could ever pinpoint just one book or author that resonates with me. Inspiration comes from so many forms of storytelling, and for me, it includes books, films, and graphic novels. Names like Neil Gaiman, Spielberg and Lucas, and Frank Miller are just a small number of creators that have left a lasting mark on me and my drive to grow as a storyteller.
Mike is a writer battling it out in New Jersey. He has written comics and short stories for a number of publishers. You can find him on twitter at @redfox_write.