One of the most inspiring posts I see on my many author forums is when someone takes the time to share their story. Each Friday, I’m going to feature a different indie author to help inspire all of you!
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What is your pen name?
Michael David MacBride
What genre do you write in? Why do you love it?
Speculative fiction, contemporary literature, and mid-grade.
How many books have you published?
2 midgrade, 2 speculative fiction, 1 short story collection, 3 academic.
What inspired you to become a writer?
A basic love of reading and learning.
What is your indie success story?
Honestly, at this point I’m just shooting to make my writing habit pay for itself–cover expenses. Anything above that would be wonderful.
What are your marketing and advertising strategies? What works for you? What doesn’t?
Still trying to figure this out.
What is the best piece of self-publishing advice that you’ve ever received?
Write the books you want to read.
Anything else fun or notable that you would like to share about yourself?
In addition to writing fiction, I used to teach English/Literature/Humanities and wrote academic books/essays/articles/, then wrote grants for nonprofits, and now write proposals for a healthcare company. So I’ve done a variety of types of writing, for different audiences and different purposes.
What are you working on right now?
Contemporary fiction novel about a one-hit wonder ska band in the 1990s.
Where can we find your work?
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