Book Blogger Fair Guest: Michael Brookes

Hi everyone! For today’s Blogger Book Fair guest post, we have an interview with Michael Brookes. It’s a pleasure to have him here with us, so give him a warm welcome, okay?

-Please tell us a little bit about your book.
A new entity is born on the Internet, if finds itself attacked by anti-virus software and security systems. It assumes the attack is deliberate and responds. Is it really a new being, or a more ancient evil born into a new realm.
Sarah Mitchell is an analyst for GCHQ and investigates some of the crimes committed by the entity, can she unravel the truth before it is too late?-You are a video game producer, which is really awesome. Please tell us a little bit about what you do.

Essentially I run the team that develops a game. At the moment I am working on Elite: Dangerous (elite.frontier.co.uk), the sequel to a game that got me into gaming in the first place some 25 years ago – which is pretty cool. I work with the game’s creator and the team of programmers, artists, audio and designers to design and put the game together. I’m also helping to setup the fiction for the world and will be writing the game’s official tie-in novel.-How did you decide to become an author?

It all started with reading. Reading the good works of many authors inspired stories in my own mind. I’ve enjoyed writing short stories since a young age, but a few years ago I wrote my first novel (The Cult of Me) and I’ve been hooked ever since.-How does working so closely with video games help inspire your writing? 

My job involves a lot of writing and it needs to be in a concise form, that’s help me develop tight writing. Games also have their own consistent and unlike readers, gamers can often just explore the world you create, so that backstory and the setting becomes more important than is usually the case.-Who is your favourite author and why?

Ian M Banks is the author of my favourite novel – Excession. For me the book epitomises every thing that is great about science fiction. It’s based on a big idea – how do you react when faced with something so far advanced beyond you. A great novel and it’s sad that we’ll not see any more from him.-Is there anything special or exciting you are working on that you would like to share with us?

I’m in the process of putting together a short story collection entitled ‘An Odder Quintet’, it’s the second short story collection I’ve written (the first was ‘An Odd Quartet’) and I’m hoping it will be released by the end of August.

Faust 2.0

Is it the rebirth of an ancient evil in a new realm? Or something much worse?

A sexy looking avatar grants wishes for people across the web, but nothing is truly free, and for those who accept, what price must be paid?

Sarah Mitchell must discover the truth of this creature and stop it while it can still be stopped, but why is a mysterious lawyer dogging her every step?

Faust 2.0 is the first book in the new Mitchell & Morton series.

 

Available now on Kindle: 

Amazon (UK): http://www.amazon.co.uk/Faust-2-0-Morton-Mitchell-ebook/dp/B00CTA3YIE/
Amazon (US): http://www.amazon.com/Faust-2-0-Morton-Mitchell-ebook/dp/B00CTA3YIE/ 


About Michael Brookes

Michael Brookes is an Executive Producer with a leading UK games developer. Working in games and writing are two of his life passions and he considers himself fortunate to be able to indulge them both. He lives in the east of England, enjoying starry skies in the flattest part of the country. When not working or writing he can sometimes be found sleeping. Which is good as that is where many good ideas come from. 

Follow me on Twitter:  @TheCultofMe 

Other Books by Michael Brookes

The Cult of Me

The first book in ‘The Third Path’ trilogy. 

For too long he dwelt apart, watched those who passed him by. With his unique abilities he entered their minds and inflicted terrible suffering upon them. They didn’t even know who he was. The game has lasted for years, but now the game has become stale. On an impulse he decides to make a final and very public last stand. After surrendering himself to the police he enacts his plan to seize the prison for his final bloody act. There he discovers that he’s not as unique as he once thought.

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Conversations in the Abyss

The second book in ‘The Third Path’ trilogy. 

Stealing Lazarus’s miracle gifted him immortality. Combined with his natural ability of invading and controlling people’s minds this made him one of the most dangerous people on Earth. 

But the miracle came with a price. His punishment was to be imprisoned within the walls of an ancient monastery and tormented by an invisible fire that burned his body perpetually. To escape the pain he retreated deep into his own mind. 

There he discovers the truth of the universe and that only he can stop the coming Apocalypse. 

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An Odd Quartet – Drabble Enhanced Edition

A quartet of dark short stories (10,000 words total) each with a twist in the tale. The drabble enhanced edition also contains some of my favourite drabbles (100 word stories). 

The Yellow Lady
Grave robbing is a dirty business, in more ways than one. When he disturbs the grave from a childhood scary story he discovers it’s not always treasure to be found.
This Empty Place
At the heat death of the universe, Death contemplates his existence.

Forced Entry
Terrorists seize an average suburban house. A Special Forces hostage rescue team is sent in and encounter more than they were trained for.

The Reluctant Demon
A young demon prepares to take his possession exam.

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