#YourNextBeachRead is continuing into July as a way to introduce you to a new author and their works in the hopes that you’ll find the next book you want to take with you to the beach, the pool, or the comforts of air conditioning.
Today’s featured author is Michael David Anderson, author of In The House Of Wolves..
What’s your name and where are you from?
I’m Michael David Anderson, and I’m originally from Sevierville, Tennessee. I currently live in Orlando, Florida.
How long have you been writing? How did you start?
I started writing when I was in second grade; my first work was a sequel to The Very Hungry Caterpillar. My tastes in storytelling have changed dramatically since those humble beginnings, however. I went on to publish my first poem in middle school, and my first novel Teddy was published a few years ago.
Who are some of your influences?
I was raised on a steady diet of horror, Stephen King and Dean Koontz chief among them. Over the years, I’ve found inspiration in a wide variety of sources, from other novelists like Joe Hill and Preston & Child, to shows like The X-Files and video games.
What is your book about?
In the House of Wolves follows what remains of the Wolf family after Stephen and Samantha’s young son Axl dies under mysterious circumstances. When Samantha comes home after a six-month stay at a local institution, she discovers the three of them—Samantha, Stephen, and their dog Merlyn—have been living in a haunted house… and the loss of Axl is only the beginning of the horror.
Where did you get the idea?
I set out to write a haunted house novel that resonated with all the things that I love about the concept while simultaneously subverting some of the clichés I dislike. I didn’t want this to be your typical haunted house novel; I wanted something inherently familiar but ultimately unpredictable.
How long did it take you to finish it?
Writing on In the House of Wolves occurred over a two year period.
Is this your first book, or have you written more than one?
In the House of Wolves is my third novel and is preceded by the Teddy Dormer novels, Teddy and Wake. While In the House of Wolves is not part of that series, it still transpires in the same fictional universe as those stories. You do not need to have read Teddy and Wake to appreciate In the House of Wolves, but you may notice some Easter Eggs sprinkled throughout the book if you have!
We all like to write about people we know, even if we never name them. Who are some people who inspired characters or situations?
I plead the fifth.
What’s your favorite scene in the book?
There’s an especially tense sequence with Stephen and Merlyn in the house early on that was a standout sequence for me to write. I’m quite proud of it.
What’s the best piece of writing advice you ever got?
I don’t remember of this is advice I ever received or something I realized along the way, but I should enjoy what I’m writing. If I’m phoning it in, the reader’s probably bored out of their mind. I write stories I would want to read, then I publish them!
What’s the worst?
I once downloaded a book that was an author’s “secret” to his success. It turned out it was only three pages long, and I read it three times, my frustration at being duped mounting as I realized he’d simply said, “Write short, good books and pump them out as fast as you can,” and nothing more. Here’s my advice: If you’re a writer or an aspiring writer, don’t download digital books promising you their secrets to success. Write the stories you want to read and go from there. Figure out the rest once you have a solid foundation as a writer.
Where can we buy your book?
Michael David Anderson is the author of the Teddy Dormer novels, Teddy and Wake, their companion piece Desynchrony, and the haunted house novel In the House of Wolves. He possesses degrees in both Psychology and English. He was born in East Tennessee in 1985 and currently resides in Orlando, Florida with his fiancée Christine.
In addition to writing horror and suspense novels, Anderson is a poet, gamer, and the creator of the Authors in Abstract podcast. His dogs, Bandit and Rory, serve as a constant distraction from his writing.