(This interview is part of my 4 Questions Project, where I get the chance to chat with authors and tell stories of people, life, and adventure. Be sure to check out previous interviews here!)
Hello friends! What better way to kick off the weekend than with a 4 Questions?
Michael K. Reynolds is a writer with more than two decades of experience in crafting fiction, non-fiction, journalism, copywriting and documentary production. He is represented by Janet Kobobel Grant of Books & Such Literary Agency. He is the author of a series of Irish historical novels published by B&H Publishing Group. These highly acclaimed books are available in bookstores and libraries across the nation and beyond.
1. What is something about your life right now that you would have never imagined 5 years ago?
Not only that I would have three full length historical novels available on bookshelves throughout the nation and beyond, but that it would require the amount of work it did to get them there. I always knew writing a published work of fiction would be a challenge, but in retrospect I was completely naïve to the amount of hours required to produce a polished novel worthy of my readers’ time. I feel blessed to be a published author but my eyes are wide open moving forward!
2. What is one thing that you would go back and do differently if you could?
Definitely I would prepare myself more for the journey to be an ultra-marathon. Because I underestimated the task I found that meeting my writing deadlines while still prioritizing striving to be a good Dad and husband took every waking moment. Then again, I am not much of a “go back and do things differently” type of person. I feel blessed there were tremendous lessons learned through this process and for this I am grateful.
3. What is one of the happiest moments of your life?
Certainly the usual suspects of God, wife and children moments when it comes to general life take precedent but in regard to this writing adventure there are so many breathtaking highlights. And there need to be! They pull you like a bright light through the many dark, lonely and disappointing writing moments that seem to be the necessary wallpaper of any author’s career. The biggest moment of joy was probably when my literary agent, the legendary Janet Grant, first offered me representation. Before that I was just another writer desperate to be heard. After she took me on, there was a sense of validation and all of the pieces rapidly came together.
4. What is one thing you want the next generation to know?
I believe we’re at a crisis state in many ways with the disrespect we express towards our wisest population. There is so much treasure in the minds and experiences of the oldest members of the human race yet there is an emerging culture of wanting to hasten them out to early pastures. My prayer is that young people rediscover this precious resource and cherish it as the gift that it is. I am tremendously appreciative of the mentors God put in my life and shudder to think of where I would be without their guidance and intervention. It’s perhaps why I love being a historical novelist is that I believe the past has so much to teach us about a better future.
Amen. So much truth behind those answers, so thank you Michael for stopping by and sharing!
I hope you enjoyed his words as well dear readers! I’d love to hear your thoughts too!