Interview with M.G. Munz author of A Shadow in the Flames

So I’ve recently asked M.G. Munz, the author of A Shadow in The Flame to discuss a couple of things with me and here is what he had to say.

AW: Where do you live?
MM: I live in Seattle, Washington (USA)

AW: Family man or a loner?
MM: I’m an unmarried uncle.

AW: Do you have pets? If so what?
MM: No pets – well, a pet ball-bearing named Smud. 😉

AW: When did writing became a passion?
MM: I’ve always enjoyed creating in some manner, but it didn’t really become a passion until I was 19. I wrote and filmed a few movies with friends during college (highly cheesy affairs), and I’ve worked in purely the written word ever since.

AW: What are the procedures you take when planning to write a novel. What is the first step, second, etc.
MM: First: get an idea. Second: Find a story that fits the idea. Third: Establish the characters in my mind so that I can write them better. Fourth: Make a rough outline of character arcs and plot. Fifth: Actually write, and see if my characters tell me to leave the outline in the dust.

AW: How did you come up with A Shadow in the Flames?
MM: It started out just as a basic adventure story in a cyberpunk setting, but it didn’t really work until I mixed in the inner struggle for Michael Flynn’s character and let that inform the story.

AW: Who are your favorite authors?
MM: Dan Simmons, Terry Brooks (Elfstones of Shannara is what I was reading when I specifically decided to become an author), Neil Gaiman, and Douglas Adams, to name a few. There are many more.

AW: Your favorite books?
MM: Hyperion (Dan Simmons),
The List of 7 (Mark Frost),
Life, the Universe, and Everything (Douglas Adams), and
Neverwhere (Neil Gaiman)–again, to name a few.

AW: How can people get in touch with you?
MM: I’m online at http://www.michaelgmunz.com, and on Twitter: @TheWriteMunz

AW: Where can people buy A Shadow in the Flames.
MM: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00D72HVT6

Wow, thank you for this detailed message and you really covered good constructive points. I wish you all the luck with your novel and please AW readers, go and support this author, his novel is really something for the shelves.

Kind wishes,
Adrienne Woods

Review for A shadow in the Flames by M.G. Munz

For this week, I’m going to start with M.G. Munz novel A Shadow In The Flames.
I’m starting again by saying what I didn’t like about this book.
1. I’m not a sci-fi fan. I never liked this sort of books and they never pull me in.
2. a very small detail that I doubt readers will pick up, only the ones that know what to look for: Michael needs to read through writing mechanics. Some of the dialogues are mixed up, but I have to admit, Michael did always made it clear who said what. One of the main things Writing Mechanics help you with is forming the picture in your head, and because Michael’s dialogue lacked a bit in this the speakers keep jumping in my head as he made it clear who said what. It was a bit tiring.
BUT, and yes it’s a big but….
This novel was awesome. I LOVED it. I struggled a bit to get into it, since I’m not a fan of body guards etc, but by the second chapter I was hooked. What I love about Michael’s writing is that he really created and crafted his characters. I could see them clearly in my head and what type of persons they were. Not to mention the mystery. Love novels with mystery, and that makes me think. The shift from the earth to the moon was done amazingly and I wasn’t lost, like some authors lack to get it through, and you feel completely out of it. The gadgets and technology, not that I’m an expert, sounded so real and I am really wondering how he came up with all of it. Felix is definitely my favorite character with his quirky sense of humor. All Michael’s character’s were done great and the way he made me need to turn the page, love it.

Well done Michael and for all the sci-fi lover’s out there. Go get A Shadow in the Flames now! You won’t regret it.

Kind wishes,
Adrienne Woods.