Monday, April 24, 2017

Interview with dark fiction author Michael Phillip Cash

Dark fiction author Michael Phillip Cash joins me today to talk about his newest ghost, haunted house novel, The Flip.

During his virtual book tour, Michael will be awarding a $10 Amazon or Barnes and Noble (winner’s choice) gift card to a lucky randomly drawn winner. To be entered for a chance to win, use the form below. To increase your chances of winning, feel free to visit his other tour stops and enter there too!

Michael Phillip Cash is an award winning and best-selling author of horror, paranormal, and science fiction novels.

He's written ten books, including the best-selling Brood X, Stillwell, The Flip, The After House, The Hanging Tree, Witches Protection Program, Pokergeist, The History Major and the Battle for Darracia series. Michael’s books are on the Amazon best-seller list and have also won numerous awards. Additionally, he is a screenwriter with 14 specs under his belt. Michael resides on the North Shore of Long Island with his wife and children.

Stillwell: A Haunting on Long Island, The Hanging Tree, and Schism: The Battle for Darracia have all been named to Foreward Reviews Book of the Year Awards. His newest book, The History Major, has been taking readers and reviewers by storm.

Welcome, Michael. Please share a little bit about The Flip.
Julie and Brad Evans are house flippers. They buy low, clean out the old occupants junk, and try to make a profit. Enter Hemmings House on Bedlam Street in scenic Cold Spring Harbor, Long Island. Too good a deal to pass up, but with an ominous secret. The old Victorian Mansion has dwellers that do not want to be dispossessed. As the house reveals its past, will the couple's marriage survive The Flip?

What inspired you to write this book?
I was inspired by the idea of what impact we have in creating our destiny.

Excerpt from The Flip:
Julie started demolition on a bathroom in one of the many bedrooms. She needed to lose herself in some work. She was losing her mind. Images of last night with her husband played like a movie in her head. The bodies were familiar, yet at the same time, they were not. The whole episode had a dreamlike quality, and for now, Julie wasn’t sure what part of what they had done was real or from her imagination. It was better to keep busy, think about things to keep her occupied, so her head wouldn’t explode.

She trudged upstairs and started working in the first of the guest bedrooms. It was an en suite, perfect for a bed-and breakfast. Why couldn’t Brad see that? she wondered. She lifted out the toilet, carefully pulled a rusty medicine cabinet from the wall, and started chopping at tiles on the floor, both of her tiny hands whacking away with a giant mallet. They had decided that nothing was salvageable in this bath. She dragged the fixtures out of the small bathroom to a cleared corner in the bedroom. It was hot. Sweat trickled down her back. She was wearing an oversized T-shirt and yoga pants from Target. She fanned herself, smiling when she thought of the pretty ladies’ fan in her makeshift bedroom. Julie went to the window. The trees surrounding the house were painted amber, red, and yellow. A breeze ruffled the branches, and Julie wanted to air out the stuffy room.

What exciting story are you working on next?
Right now I’m working on the idea of super powers. Are they inborn and not developed or are they just a myth?

When did you first consider yourself a writer?
I’ve been writing (albeit poorly) since I was 15 years old. It wasn’t until 10 years ago that I started self-publishing my own work and became an author. I will be publishing all new work under my real name Michael Okon.

Do you write full-time? If so, what's your work day like? If not, what do you do other than write and how do you find time to write?
Yes, my day begins with research and development on the subject I’m working on. I research and plot out my character arcs. After my wife and kids go to sleep I write till midnight, every day.

What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?
TV must be on mute in the background. Either on Food Network, Travel Channel or a movie I love.

As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
A movie director. The dream never died.

Anything additional you want to share with the readers?
My book Monsterland was just picked up in a two-book publishing deal that will be out late 2017.

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Goddess Fish Promotions said...

Thanks for hosting!

Unknown said...

Congrats on the tour and thanks for the chance to win :)

Edgar Gerik said...

Great interview

Rita Wray said...

Thank you for the excerpt.

Cali W. said...

Thanks for the giveaway; I like the excerpt. :)

Victoria Alexander said...

Great post, sounds like an interesting book. Thanks for sharing :)

Dale Wilken said...

I loved the excerpt thank you.