Michael Goffinet is the author of They Call Me Superman. He currently resides in Las Vegas, Nevada, with his wife of twenty years and his teenage son. He is an avid golfer. When he’s not reading or writing, he can be found on the golf course. In this interview, he talks about his book and the writing craft.
Congratulations on the release of your latest book, They Call Me Superman. When did you start writing and what got you into thrillers?
I became consumed with action thrillers fifteen years ago. I found myself constantly thinking about different book plots and characters. I developed Marcus Evans on a sleepless night two years ago, and he grew from there. I finally found the courage to put pen to paper.
Did you have any struggles or difficulties when you started writing?
That’s a big YES. I had written numerous technical documents during my business career, but writing a novel is so different. I had to learn to write a totally different way. It was fun and frustrating at the same time. I had a hard time finalizing the novel as well. I kept going over and over the novel, trying to figure out a better way to say this or that. Sometimes you have to know when to quit.
I wrote the book for entertainment. While the book does indicate that mankind evolved in a manner contrary to popular belief, it was just for entertainment. There are no hidden messages in the book, just a lot of action, suspense, and humor.
Did your book require a lot of research?
The action in my novel takes place in several countries, and I discuss some new technologies as well. That required a good amount of research. For example, during one scene a nuclear bomb explodes in the ocean. It took a lot of time to research what happens when a nuclear bomb detonates a mile down in the Atlantic ocean.
How do you keep your narrative exciting?
There are many action scenes that build tension. There is a good amount of humor between the characters that will, hopefully, keep the readers entertained. Also, there a lot of unknowns that will keep the reader guessing.
Many writers experience a vague anxiety before they sit down to right. Can you relate to this?
I don’t have any anxiety writing. Most of my anxiety happens during the editing process. I also get anxious during the publishing process.
Do you have a website or blog where readers can find out more about your work?
Michaelgoffinet.com. I love to hear from my readers. Go there and request my free short story “Karma’s A Bitch.”
What is your advice for aspiring authors?
Only write if you love it, because it is an enormous effort, with a high probability of little financial success. Make sure you produce a quality product, which means, edit, edit, and keep editing.
George Orwell once wrote: “Writing a book is a horrible, exhausting struggle, like a long bout of some painful illness. One would never undertake such a thing if one were not driven on by some demon whom one can neither resist nor understand.” Comments?
That is very funny. I can totally understand his comment. Writing is a love-hate relationship. Many would say the same thing for golf, which is another one of my passions. I must be a masochist.