I do have to say that without knowing Mike (which I met him on another writer's website) and him steering me towards Secret Cravings Publishing, none of you all would have read any of my stories or known anything about me whatsoever.
Again I am grateful and thankful for having him as also a fellow author but also as a friend.
Let's get to know Mike a bit more shall we.....
1. Before we start talking about your book, why don’t you tell everybody a little bit about yourself?
Born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana, I completed careers in the United States Navy Submarine Force and the Transportation Security Administration. Although my careers have taken me all over the world, I now lives in Orlando, Florida with wife and Editor in Chief Cynthia, daughter Jennifer, granddaughter Larrna and partner in crime Thumper, a Yorkshire terrier.
My extensive travels took me throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, the Caribbean, and the Middle East which provide accurate and vivid settings for all stories. Although Mars figures prominently in at least one installment of The Progeny of Evolution series, I haven’t been there yet. The trip is prominent on the “bucket” list.
The Progeny of Evolution series, presently seven books published by Muse It Up Publishing, tell of the deep love between two special beings as they shepherd lycans and vampires, The Others, in their ascent from Creation’s vilest expression toward becoming the noblest. A pilot script for a TV series based on the books is under consideration by Amazon studios. A paranormal romantic thriller short story, from Boroughs Publishing Group, titled Of Jasmine and Pomegranate has been well received.
My wife Cynthia and I have co-written two books published by Secret Cravings Publishing. Top Dog and Love and Death in the Big Easy chronicle the story of a special shape shifter. Instead of transforming into a large fierce animal, he becomes an eight pound Yorkshire terrier. While not much good in a scrap, he can go places the big guys can’t and he’s irresistible to women. Currently, we’re in the process of adapting Top Dog into a screenplay.
2. Besides writing, what other things do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
Keep after THE OFFICIAL APPLE OF MY EYE, granddaughter Larrna
3. What is your daily routine as far as when you have an idea for your story?
Write, write, write, subject to the requirements of ‘2’ above.
4. Where do you get your ideas from?
Ideas usually spring from ‘what if’ situations, but they can come from most anywhere –even a song on the radio.
5. Out of all of the stories you’ve written so far, what would be your favorite and why?
I have to say my latest release “Family and Love in the Time of Decline” presently occupies the sweet spot. The main character Jess Moore is my granddaughter grown up in the dystopian world of the near future. I think I captured her strong will and indomitable spirit as she balances love, family, and danger in a world spinning out of control. This is book seven in the Progeny of Evolution series, unique for two reasons. While retaining paranormal elements, the tale unfolds from a human perspective and is rated PG 13.
6. Tell us something funny about yourself that not a lot of people know about?
I survived being left on the bridge of a submerging submarine. Not funny then, but became so over time.
7. Does any of the stories you’ve written based on real life experiences or basically just from imagination?
“Family and Love” is based in the community we live in now. The characters are our family, down to the dog. My character dies off early, victim of a worldwide pandemic. I based a lot of the book on my experiences in the Transportation Security Administration. People I knew and worked with inspired many of the characters. And of course, the vampires and lycans from the earlier books made cameo appearances.
8. Does your ‘muse’ have a name and if so what is his/her name?
I have many muses.
9. What other genre besides the one you are writing about now would you like to venture into writing?
I’m working on a steampunk-science fiction novel titled “The First Servant”. Archaeologists from a sixty-fifty century steam and coal powered civilization uncover evidence of a lost, more advanced one. The past then becomes the future. Fans of Atlantis and ancient astronaut theories would like this one.
10. Who are your favorite authors that are out now?
HG Wells, George Orwell, and Harold Robbins.
11. Who is your favorite female and male characters from your books and why?
Male: Drake Martin the Yorkie shifter. In both “Top Dog” and “Love and Death” he wrote himself, evolving from a wisecracking PI to Sufi –head of the North American shifter clan.
Female: Jess Moore from “Family and Love in the Time of Decline”. She’s the most complete character I ever created. I had an excellent model to base her on. The book follows her from age seven to late thirties. I tried to capture the changes at each phase of her life.
12. What do you think is the hardest thing about being a writer?
Staying focused on a single project and seeing it to completion. As time passes it gets harder.
13. What advice would you give someone who wants to start off being a writer?
Follow the publisher’s submission guidelines to the letter.
14. If you hadn’t become a writer, what do you think you would be doing right now?
I’m retired. To pass the time I’d probably be working part time at Home Depot.
15. What would be the perfect Romantic getaway?
I’m partial to the Greek islands.
Well now that we got the question and answer out of the way…..why don’t you tell us about your latest story you have out now?
Here is the tagline and blurb for “Family and Love in the Time of Decline”. Official release date is 26 April but it’s discounted 20% on the publisher’s link below.
Tag Line: Jess Moore’s life careens toward mortal danger—can a beautiful lycan, a beloved mentor, and a piece of paper save her?
A CLOSE-KNIT FAMILY
Jess Moore grew up in a time of decline, the result of poor economic, fiscal, and environmental choices, topped off by a worldwide pandemic. The collapse of society as she knew it left intrusive government in the name of security as the price of maintaining a threadbare prosperity. Despite a lost love and a failed marriage, Jess counts herself lucky to have the strength and support of a loving family. To escape the oppression, her mother and grandmother move to Greece, leaving her behind to settle matters and follow. When the emigration laws change, Jess finds herself trapped stateside.
A LOVER RETURNS
With the help of Patti Redman, her mentor, Jess starts a career with Homeland Security. On an undercover background investigation for Patti, Jess discovers written evidence of a black ops group at the highest levels of the department. When Tom Redman, Jess’ lost love, returns, he lands in the middle of a growing web of conspiracy and danger as the evidence she uncovered nears public disclosure.
One by one, witnesses are systematically eliminated. The next bullet is aimed at Jess. The only solution is flight to the safety of her loving family in Greece, but have the lovers waited too long to plan their escape?
Here is the Blurb for work in progress, “The First Servant”. It’s ninety-five percent completed. I’m still fiddling with how to interweave the characters from two civilizations separated by forty centuries.
“The First Servant”
Coal and steam have a chokehold on the future, holding a mirror to a past lost in history. When an archaeologist finds evidence of a society far in advance of current technology, myth and reality butt heads with corporate control and a society entrenched in outmoded societal gender roles.
Hoping to keep the funding to continue her research the archaeologist, Amber Deland, barters her marriage eligibility only to find that a newsman, Baden Cartwright, who shares her vision, might just share something more. With risks aplenty, can Baden and Amber face what might happen if they succumb to their passions?
Ancient scripts hint at a parallel love story but can the modern version survive the kind of opposition that power and influence bring to bear under the cultural shocks waiting to be revealed?
What was lost has been found, but no one knows what will happen when the past becomes the future.
Mike’s website is http://mikearsuaga.weebly.com.
Other social media sites are
Muse It Up Publishing
Family and Love in the Time of Decline:
Secret Cravings Publishing;
Love and Death in the Big Easy:
Boroughs Publishing Group:
Short Story "Of Jasmine and Pomegranate"
Coming Soon from Muse It Up:
Progeny of Evolution, Books one through six:
The Other Kind
The Tenth Legion