Michael Pang is the author of In The Eyes Of Madness; here is a link to his website:
Q: What is In The Eyes Of Madness about?
A: IN THE EYES OF MADNESS is a Young Adult Paranormal Urban Fantasy by Michael Pang. It tells the story of a 17 year old boy who struggles between accepting the possiblity that extraordinary things can happen in the world we live in or the possiblity of impending insanity inherited through his mother. It is a journey of self discovery and embracing who you are.
Q: What gave you the idea for the story?
A: The idea for the novel came to me in a dream one night. I was surprised to be able to get into a deep enough sleep to dream. We (my wife and I) were new parents and our newborn was only a couple months old. What that meant was that we barely slept! So, it was kind of a miracle for me to even have such a vivid and amazing dream (or nightmare, I couldn’t really decide). When I woke from it, I tried going back to sleep, but it was no use. I couldn’t get the dream to continue. In the morning, I told my wife all about the dream and we decided that it made a good book idea. I was desperate to find out what happens in the end, but since I couldn’t get the dream to continue, I decided that I’d just have to write the rest of it myself.
Q: Why is Declan Peters a character worth reading about?
A: Declan goes through a transformation in the book that frees him from all the baggage that he’s been carrying around for 10 years. I’m sure that there is always something about yourself that you are self conscious of or you don’t like (whether it is something that has happened in your past or something about yourself physically). And sometimes, you can get obsessed about it so much that it consumes you. But learning to like yourself for who you are and how you got there is probably one of the most freeing experiences of your life.
Q: What personal experiences did you draw from in writing the book?
A: Some of the insecurities that Declan has throughout the book were derived from some of the insecurities that I had myself as a teenager. And also the way that Declan’s heart glows whenever the love of his life is around, is a pretty close portrayal of how I feel about my wife.
Q: Who are some of your literary influences?
A: I’m a big paranormal fiction fan. A few of my favorite writers are Jim Butcher, Simon R. Green, Cassandra Clare, and Rick Riordan. Jim Butcher has definitely influenced some of the ways I write my fight scenes in the book as his books are always so packed with supernatural action. And Simon R. Green always has such witty characters that are very unique. And Cassandra Clare and Rick Riordan simply have a way of creating a world that draws you in. These are all amazing writers and I really hope that one day I can attain their level of excellence
Q: What kind of day job do you have and how does it influence your writing?
A: Well, my career actually went through quite a bit of changes during the timeframe when I was writing the book. I was a Senior Mechanical Engineer managing R&D projects in the Gas Turbine industry when I started writing the book, and had a job change to Project Engineer managing service projects in the Wind Turbine industry. Finally, when I had finished the book, I became an IT Project Manager. I guess these transitions helped me develop a lot the of the characters in my book. When I working in the Turbine industries, I had a chance to travel a lot and it allowed me to meet all kinds of people with different backgrounds. This inspired me to create a good set of unique and diverse characters.
Q: Does having a background in IT help you in promoting your book?
A: I feel that in today’s society, practically everything is moving into the virtual world. A majority of book promotions nowadays are done through Social Media. Although, I’m currently in the IT industry, I actually only got a Twitter account a couple weeks ago and I’m still wondering “what…how do I do…?” And I’m realizing what hard work it really is to keep up with Social Media. People who are posting all the time, amazes me. I tried to keep up with Facebook and twitter one day, and I was like “this needs to be a full time job…”
A: What is your weirdest San Francisco story?
Actually, I can’t really remember too much about San Francisco because I was so young; however, the weirdest story my family told was about the house we were living in. They were all convinced that the house was haunted and whatever lived there was set on breaking up our family. We only lived there for a couple months; thank God! But I don’t really remember any of it.
A: Do you think you have to write books in series to be successful nowadays?
No, I don’t think that is necessary. However, I enjoy a book series because you get a better chance of seeing how the characters grow and become very dynamic. Also, I love and hate the anticipation of finding out more of the plot while waiting for the next book to come out.
Q: Why do you think stories about paranormal activities are so popular?
A: I think that people are always going to be interested in things that they don’t really understand. We are a very curious specie. Whatever we can’t see and touch daily, makes us ponder and sparks our imagination.
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