Tell us about yourself and how we can connect with you.
I’ve been writing as Mychael Black since 2005, though I took a year or so off. I’m back at it now, though. In terms of social media, I’m on Facebook (through my author page) and Instagram.
What genre do you write in?
As Mychael Black, I write gay erotic romance. In terms of actual genres, it’s all over the place. I think I’ve written just about every major genre except steampunk.
How did you get started?
Though I’ve been writing since 2005 professionally, I started writing as a kid. I just didn’t publish my first story until 2005 as Kay Derwydd. I eventually changed my pen name to Mychael Black, and the rest is history, so to speak.
What is your favorite thing about being a blogger, writer, or author?
Making up worlds. I’m a sucker for worldbuilding, especially in a fantasy setting. That said, I also love getting lost in my characters’ lives and (hopefully) enriching my readers’ lives.
What is your favorite genre to read?
Definitely fantasy. Fave fantasy author is Tolkien. I read The Hobbit and the LOTR trilogy when I was nine. Been hooked since.
How do you come up with plots or characters for your book?
In all honesty, my characters come first. I just wind up with random people in my head who decide they want their story told, so I do. I could probably count on one hand the number of stories in which the plot came first.
What is a typical day of writing look like for you?
*laughs* Not sure any of my days would qualify as ‘typical.’ I don’t write every day, though I should. When I DO write, the headphones go on, the music starts, and I get completely lost in the story. Usually to the point where people in the house have to stand somewhere in my line of sight for me to even notice them.
What do you like to do for fun?
I’m a crocheter, actually. Just started learning months or so ago, but I’ve already amassed a hoard of yarn. And, true to my ADHD brain, I have several projects going at once. I also do a good bit of PC gaming (namely RPGs), and I’m quite addicted to Youtube Reddit vids.
What is something about yourself most people don’t know?
Probably that I’m multilingual. I’m a bit rusty but relearning. German, Welsh, Hawaiian, Spanish. In that order, pretty much. I know more German than the other three, can read a little Welsh. Hawaiian is slow-going but going. And Spanish… it’s on the backburner, but I’ll get back to it eventually.
What advice do you have for new writers just starting out?
Don’t write to the market. Write what YOU want to read. Write what you LOVE. Like any artform, writing is subjective. You can’t (and won’t) please everyone. When you write what you personally love, the reader will feel it.
What has influenced you the most?
So many things, really. Music, fantasy literature, movies, the people I see. That said, music plays a HUGE role in all my work, be it as a soundtrack or actually worked into the story itself.
What helps you to stay motivated?
My motivation is more… compulsion. I HAVE to write. I have no choice. It’s in my blood.