Book Reviews by Buuklvr81 is welcoming today for an interview, author of Mass Casualties, Michael Anthony.
When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
I guess I had always wanted to be a writer, but I had never thought I could actually be a writer. When I was sixteen I had written three books and two movies; it wasn’t until five years later when I actually went out there and tried to be a writer and get my stuff published.
How long does it take you to write a book?
For my first book: “Mass Casualties: A Young Medic’s True Story of Death, Deception, and Dishonor in Iraq.” I wrote the first half in six months, and then I wrote the second half in two days. But really, the biggest part of writing is the edits, the edits, the reedits, and the reedits of those edits. Writing a book doesn’t take too long, it’s the edits that take you a long time.
What is your work schedule like when you’re writing?
I do nothing but writing. I will wake up, eat a good breakfast, and start writing. I stop eat lunch, and start writing. I stop eat dinner, and start writing. Then I write until I fall asleep.
What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?
Possibly the language I use, I often just write what’s in my mind and how things happened. I don’t try to make things sound prettier or worse than they were, I just write as it.
Where do you get your information or ideas for your books?
\From personal experience. My first book was based on my experience in Iraq, and now I’m working on a few more books based on personal experience. I think it’s easier for me to do it that way, I don’t really have to imagine or create anything, all I’ve got to do is convey, what happened, or what something felt like etc.
When did you write your first book and how old were you? Well I had gotten back from Iraq in October 2007 and that’s when I first starting writing the book, I was 21 then. I then worked on and wrote the book and a year later, I signed a book deal, I was 22 then. Now my book has just hit bookstores and I am 23, and the youngest current war veteran author.
What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
I am a full time student, so when I’m not working on my own projects, I have papers to write for school etc. But I do like to play basketball with my friends, go to movies etc. The usual.
What does your family think of your writing? They are very supportive and even though my writing is somewhat purple in prose, they are 100% supportive and help proofread everything.
What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books? I learned how easy it was to get published, when I settled down and truly focused on spreading the word. I had spent all these years thinking I couldn’t be a writer, because I was told how hard it is, and then I was able to get a book-deal on my first try. I guess what I really learned, is that it’s true; you can really accomplish things if you really believe you can and put your mind to it.
How many books have you written? Which is your favorite?
“Mass Casualties: A Young Medic’s True Story of Death, Deception, and Dishonor in Iraq.” Is my first book, I’m working on a few others that we’ll see soon but as of now, Mass Casualties, is my only book out there.