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Michael Smorenburg

Michael Smorenburg

Inform us about your self and what number of books you have got written.
I used to be born in 1964 on the tip of Africa, Cape City, South Africa.
Fairly why I do not know, however I used to be drawn to be an entrepreneur straight out of school. I’ve consequently by no means had a wage in my life.
In 1995 Michael I moved to Southern California the place I based a enterprise consultancy and on-line media and advertising engine within the burgeoning web area.
However as soon as Africa has a maintain of you, it’s unattainable to withstand, and again to South Africa I returned in 2003 the place I launched a safety firm.
In 2015 I semi-retired and divested of the enterprise to write down full time.
Michael’s biggest love is the ocean, studying historical past, maintaining with the newest breakthroughs in science, understanding the cosmos and sharing all I can.
I consequently “gown details up as fiction”–I discover fascinating historic, anthropological or different scientific details I feel would fascinate individuals, and I weave them into tales that give them context.

What’s the identify of your newest ebook and what impressed it?
Ragnarok–Worlds Collide

I’d lengthy needed to see our world via the eyes of our ancestors and who higher than a band of Vikings?
What does litter packaging floating within the ocean appear to be to them? Minimize grass and a tarred street? A powerboat on a trailer and TV in a darkened room at midnight?
However the place to place them?
On the periphery of civilization in fact… on the abandoned coast of their Vinland, our Newfoundland.
However I’m a science man… the best way to get them right here? Magic doorways or touchstones gained’t work for me.
After which, NASA to the rescue! Google it your self — NASA are dabbling with Warp Drive… with collapsing area as a way to journey.
Spacetime — they’re one indivisible factor, so stated Einstein.
So if an above-Prime Secret NASA experiment within the southern ocean, south of Australia — on the antipode or reverse aspect of the world to Newfoundland’s coast — have been to backfire… slightly than area warping, a column of time may swirl and punch proper by way of the earth at mild velocity, rising in an enormous aurora on the opposite aspect.
Sensible!
There’s our setup.

Flying out of Paris, residence to Los Angeles, we meet our protagonist, Tegan Mulholland — a bored Hollywood film government and former investigative journalist. As her aircraft approaches the Newfoundland coast, the aircraft virtually falls from the sky. Destiny has them proper on the occasion horizon of a cataclysmic aurora. Deep contained in the swirling mild present ships and planes have been plucked into oblivion by some rogue Bermuda Triangle.
Tegan’s aircraft survives… solely simply survives.
It’s 9/11 throughout–worldwide aviation is grounded whereas the UN grapples with the inexplicable occasion off the Canadian coast and a seemingly unrelated army stand-off unfolding on the opposite aspect of the world the place Russian and Chinese language spy satellites have detected what appeared to be an American rig setting off a nuclear system.
…and days later the primary midnight massacres of hamlets alongside Newfoundland’s coast begins–survivors and grainy CCTV proof roughly dressed, closely bearded biker-gang varieties.
Nonetheless coping with the emotional trauma of her harrowing close to dying aurora and aircraft expertise, Tegan is navigating a prickly budding romance with Pete — the charming passenger who sat beside her and helped her by way of the fear. However the extra she sees of those seemingly unrelated dramas unfolding on the information, Tegan senses that these occasions are related in a approach that no one else has noticed.
She begins to delve.

Do you might have any uncommon writing habits?
I don’t assume. I don’t plan. I don’t query.
Once I’m gripped by a narrative, I simply sit down and let it write itself.
The second I ask a query whether or not a personality “ought to do XYZ”… the magic disappears.
I’m simply the scribe right here. My job is to easily document the story that desires to be informed – and the story teller doesn’t wish to be interrupted.

I like it. One of the best books I’ve ever learn are those I’m astonished to see showing on the display earlier than me.

What authors, or books have influenced you?
Frankly I get tired of most tales until I’m getting one thing out of them.
I’m a information man. I learn numerous non-fiction to know how issues and other people and cultures and historical past works.
To me, actuality is extra thrilling than any fantasy I’ve ever encountered.

So, pretty restricted ficton:
James Clavell, Leon Uris, James Michener, Wilbur Smith
Nearly ever science, historical past and anthropology widespread textbook on the market.

What are you engaged on now?
Two books.
> A sequel to Ragnarok — one of many planes that went lacking within the aurora that nearly took Tegan’s aircraft crash lands onto the Hudson — and a decade later the now-retired captain is beginning to keep in mind the place… or ‘when’… they went.

> A sequel to my “Slave Ship Saga” – the third within the trilogy. Within the 1980s (reality) I discovered a shipwreck off our coast… in 2015 the Smithsonian of Washington recognized it because the 1794 São José Paquete Africa, the primary and solely slave ship in historical past ever to have wrecked (with 400 chained aboard) and be found. “The Praying Nun” informed the story of our discovery after which takes the reader aboard the fated ship the place we meet one of many slaves. The precise ship in historical past had 200 survivors who have been ‘saved’ after which bought the subsequent day to recuperate prices. “The Reckoning” follows a type of slaves and his experiences of 1794. The ebook I’m engaged on, tentatively referred to as “The Accord”, follows the identical surviving slave however now in an overlap of his story by means of the eyes of our protagonist, Jayne Alphen, spouse of the newly arrived governor of the colony at Africa’s tip. Jayne, an heiress, is in an depressing organized marriage together with her a lot older husband who she has come to despise for his meanness, cowardice, and perversions. He solely has energy by means of his marriage into wealth. Horrified by encountering a slave tradition for the primary time, Jayne is terrified that she is falling in love (or a minimum of is infatuated) with a most uncommon slave she encounters. His freedom guarantees to turn out to be a vicarious emaciation of her personal imprisoned coronary heart… however her husband has seen her obsession and she or he should tread rigorously.

What’s your greatest technique or web site with regards to selling your books?
Have you ever observed – my tales sound actually fascinating, but you’ve by no means heard of me?
I’m ineffective.
Maybe I’m too previous for the fashionable advertising strategies and I don’t write the vampire LGBT tales that brokers are in search of.
Finally, I’ve a workforce of PR and advertising colleagues who’re set to assist.
Right here’s hoping.
If I can win your curiosity at the moment, then the primary blow is struck!

Do you will have any recommendation for brand spanking new authors?
Simply do it!
It’s so rewarding.
Sit down and begin to write.
Don’t over-think or over-plan it.
Nothing you ever write might be wasted — that is why God invented computer systems, you see. You write it and file it and return to it one other day.
Be smarter than me – write what individuals need to learn, then let your creativeness run wild. Don’t cease to say one thing in a greater method, don’t fear about puncuation and spelling on the primary go-round… that’s what sprucing and modifying and editors are for. Your’e the creator, so create.

What’s the greatest recommendation you have got ever heard?
Write what you don’t know.
It’s like taking a look at a constructing from the surface – you’ll do not know what you’ll discover until you open the door.
If one thing grabs you, study it. Google is your good friend. Google Earth can take you locations. Youtube will train you every little thing, together with dialects and accents. Concerned your self in Social Media and meet like-minded individuals in teams that incorporate your pursuits

What are you studying now?
About 5 books. Stephen Hawkins’ posthumous ebook. One of many Trump debacles books (half heartedly). “The Sunburned Queen” — A documentary story a few 5 yr previous English sole survivor woman wrecked on the East Coast of Southern Africa in 1732… how she turned absorbed right into a Bantu tribe and married a chief, and the way lots of and perhaps hundreds of European shipwreck victims had the identical destiny, peppering the native tribes of Africa with European genes. Fascinating.

What’s subsequent for you as a author?
Listening to from you, hopefully persuading me that I’m heading in the right direction.
Critically.
Readers do not know how highly effective they’re in influencing a author’s trajectory.
I’ll publish a compendium of my essays on numerous science and anthropology subjects written through the years. People appear to love them.
I’m a easy man of restricted intelligence and huge curiosity. My particular expertise is being a bit sluggish to study however then understanding what keys unlocked the shops of data in order that I could make these particulars extra accessible to others in an enticing approach and with out the trouble I needed to put in. The thought of that thrills me.

For those who have been going to be stranded on a desert island and allowed to take three or four books with you what books would you deliver?
Lordy… I’m a nerd, okay. Sure (non fiction) writers immediate me to leap to my ft and begin furiously writing the second I’ve learn a number of strains of theirs.
Carl Sagan and Cosmos should prime that record.
Any of Invoice Bryson’s books will maintain me in stitches, and his “Brief Historical past of Every thing” will maintain me amused ceaselessly.
Many will know that Prof. Richard Dawkins is extra than simply concerned in a spiritual debate – his groundbreaking contributions to biology are epic. His capability to elucidate the equipment of life would definitely maintain me studying and re-reading.
Then one of many physicists or anthropologists or neurologist books that may assist me perceive my place in all of it… four books is just too few, until, in fact, they’re four kindles stuffed to the brim!

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