About Michael Edmonds:
was born in Albury, NSW and have lived in Sydney for the last 24 years. I am one of seven children and have a twin sister. Growing up I discovered I had a creative flare, especially with drawing and painting. I loved creative writing, reading books and watching movies.
I’ve always gravitated toward stories and inspire the soul and challenge perceptions. I derive inspiration from characters that demonstrate integrity, authenticity and selflessness, that go beyond themselves to do what’s right (i.e. Atticus Finch, Aragorn, John Keating-Dead Poets Society, Indiana Jones, Luke Skywalker etc).
I wrote A Righteous Man in 2002 and another, yet to be released book after that. Both sat on the digital shelf dormant until now. In fact, my wife secretly accessed copies of both books from my computer and printed them out as bound hard copies to give me them as a gift for our first wedding anniversary. This instigated a renewed zest for them both and hence the current publication on Amazon.
I have worked and travelled extensively in the USA over the years, mainly due to the fact my brother has lived there for over 20 years. I’ve seen more of the USA and Canada than I have of Australia, which was obviously helpful when writing this book as it is set in the deep south of America.
Shortly after releasing ‘A Righteous Man,’ on Amazon, I stumbled across various pieces of information regarding the modern day slave trade. In particular, the statistics and terrible accounts of what millions of children were being subjected to made a real impact on me. Especially considering I was a new father myself with a baby daughter. Therefore I developed ‘The Righteous Man Project,’ where I am committing 90% of all profits of this novel to two charities fighting this worthy cause. More details of this are found at my website (arighteousman.com).
I hope people enjoy reading my book as much as I enjoyed writing it. Amongst the dark traits, attitudes and behaviors of some of the characters, there a sense of hope, courage and integrity that represents the underlying message of this book.
What inspires you to write?
I love creating something out of nothing. What what i thrill it is when that something can inspire emotion, reflection or imagination to another human being. It’s a gift from one person to another.
Tell us about your writing process.
I’m a mix of both, but more so an outliner. I have a pretty clear picture of all my characters in my mind before I start writing. Usually other character reveal themselves as I go.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
All the time. Especially the characters i don’t like. The villain. The more I hate them, the better the job I know I’m doing.
What advice would you give other writers?
Choose genres, stories and characters that really float your boat. Don’t choose a story just because it’s the flavour of the month. If you don’t get a thrill out of the topic your writing about, you’ll begin to get frustrated and not enjoy the process. It will be the beginning of the end.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I have self published. It’s a lot of work doing the marketing and promotion if you are an unknown writer. it takes a lot of time away from the enjoyable part of actually writing.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
There will always be a market. Whether it be print or digital.
What do you use?: Professional Editor
What genres do you write?: Courtroom drama. Male romance comedy
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print