Wednesday, 12 June 2019

Michael Lackey



Hi Michael!
I'm going to ask my first question for the
interview. Answer when you can.

First:  What was the theme of that first 
published poem?
Oh my! That was my junior year of hight
school 1991. I can't remember what the
theme was. Not sure I would call it
published, it was in the local university 
I'd call it published! So cool!
Did this lead to more confidence for continuing
to write?
It was for a while, then as I graduated I
went away for my writing almost
completely. It was several years later
when I wrote anything that even
resembled actual writing, lol.
It takes some of us a while to figure out what
kind of writing we're supposed to be doing.

What inspired you to write again?
I read the Percy Jackson series and it 
sparked everything!
Wow! I love that!

OK, last one:
You've mentioned that you work a lot of hours. What
do you do during those long shifts?
My day job? I work for the world's largest
playground manufacturer 
@gametimeplay [Twitter handle]
I build playgrounds.
I've never met someone who builds
playgrounds! You're the first 👍
Thanks for taking the time to do this!
Thank you!


1) Where do you live?

I live in Fort Payne, AL with my family.

2) What is the first thing you remember writing?

The first thing I remember writing was a poem for my 10th grade English class. The teacher sent it to the local university and had it published in their newsletter.

3) Why do you write?

I write because stories need to be told.

4) Have you published anything, yet?

I have published two YA books and a children's book. (The Bad Seed: Battle for the Heavens, The Key of Knowledge & Oswald the Onion Finds a Friend)

5) What are you currently working on?

I am currently working on the sequels to both YA novels and several more children's books.

6) Are you currently querying?

I am not querying.

7) Complete this sentence:
It was a dark and stormy night...

The moon hung high in the cold night sky, bathing the patch of woods in deep moonlight. The glimmer of wings flutter from tree to tree, twinkling like glitter being poured out of a jar. Tonight was a night to rejoice.

8) Do you have any formal literary training?

I do not have any formal training or education in the writing field. I just love telling stories.

9) Do the people in your life know you write?

Oh, yes! I try to tell as many people as I can! They are very supportive of me.

10) Tell us a little about the people in your life.

I have been married to the love of my life, April for almost 25 years. I have a daughter named Christian and a dog named Madison.

11) Where would you like your writing to take you?

I would love for my writing to be a supplement when I retire. I mean, if Hollywood wants to talk movie rights and let me retire now, I'm all for that too!

12) What did you expect when you joined the Twitter writing community? Did it turn out as expected?

I joined Twitter mainly as a way to promote myself as a brand and author, but have found so much more! The writing community on Twitter is wonderful!

13) Where do you write? 

Since I work my day job so much, I usually write in notebooks there.

14) How much time do you dedicate to writing, weekly?

As much as I can, lol.

15) Do you have other talents?
 I wish I did!!


  1. I do not mind when other writers ask for advice.
  2. I’d rather keep to myself!

A 1000 times A. I absolutely love when other writers ask for advice. I try my best to help in any way I can.

About Michael Lackey

A believer in things most found silly, Michael Lackey 
(1973-) has always been a dreamer. He loved to pretend as a child in the forests of Alabama. Michael would find himself in a land of monsters where he was the only one who could save the world from utter destruction. In his free time, Michael would map out bike courses and fantasize about becoming the next big Hollywood stuntman. With the stunts complete, Michael would raise his sword high and proclaim himself the slayer of the mystical beasts plaguing his land.

Like most over imaginative children, real life set in for Michael.

He never really grew out of his imagination, but rather suppressed it to the point of monotony. Now in his forties, Michael's stories and love for fantasy come alive on the pages of The Bad Seed. Join Michael on his fantasy-filled quest to tell the story of the brave Zachery Morely and his adventures on Amundiss.

Michael just released a fast paced, steampunk adventure titled; The Key of Knowledge. It is the first in The Keys of Lazarus series. The year is 2058 and the world has been taken over by an immortal tyrant. The way she became immortal is she found the body of Lazarus and discovered a piece of the death angel hidden inside it. This Shadow Gem gave her the power of the resurrection, immortality and the power over death, meaning if she kills you, she can control your body. The only way to defeat her is to hold all five keys of Lazarus.

Michael is now signed by Apollo Publishing company.


INSTAGRAM: Mikelackey23

TWITTER: MichaelLackey-Author

Tuesday, 11 June 2019

Judy Ryan Hall



Okay, a few questions!

Because you have dyslexia you
paid another child to write down
your first story (a unicorn story,
nice!). Did you find that the
stories were trapped because or
your disability? How did you get
them down, going forward?
Mark, the boy down the street, 
actually wrote a few for me.
And my Mom wrote a few for
me. I tried writing myself, but it
wasn't until I was 12, after my 
mother died, that I got 
proficient. And then I wrote all
the time. I always had a 
notebook. As I got older, my
best friend was my audience.
And she didn't make fun of my 
spelling problems.

I tried to hide my dyslexia. I
was ashamed of it. I
memorized things and my 
sister read to me. We were a
family of big readers. I still
have issues with spelling. My 
sister edits for me now.
What a testament to your
tenacity and ingenuity!
For years, I doubted my
intelligence. My father (who
died when I was 25) once 
called me "retarded" and I
overheard. Then in 2014, when
I was doing research for my
memoir, I wrote to friends of
my parents on an unrelated
issue and found out that my
father was also dyslexic.

I stopped writing for a while. I
can't quite describe the anger
I felt.
That's what writing is for--
getting it out 💗
Your new book, Max Runs, -- how
long did it take to write?
Good question - the bulk of it
took me about 3 weeks. I was
manic. Then years to edit and 
make it make sense and add in
parts that made it more 

The first chapters were written
after I'd been sending it out for a year.

People were really put off by 
the idea of a ten-year-old
trying to commit suicide.

So I needed to add in stuff so 
you know it'll all be okay.
The story is based on your
younger daughter:  Was there
ever thought of just writing a
non-fiction account?
I may - but she is transgender
and I feel like people get so
hung up on that and really, it's
not a big deal in the way that
bipolar disorder is. And the 
mother, Rebecca, doesn't have 
bipolar and I do. She had to
learn about it. For me it
was much more organic.

I think some day Sammy and I
will write something together
about her childhood.

She is also dyslexic.

It's hereditary, just like bipolar
I love that idea. A familial collaboration.

Last question:
Do you ever read the work of
your students, and just know 
they've got a future in writing, if they choose?
A few, but I don't teach as
much creative writing as I'd 
like to. But I've had a number 
of students over the years who
were in a variety of classes
and have encouraged them to
write. One in particular was
going to major in accounting.
Now she's double majoring in
English and Women's Studies 
and I know she'll at least be an 
academic of some sort.
You've planted the seed👍
I also had an eleven-year-old
in China who was very
imaginative and wrote really
Planting seeds, internationally!

Thank you, so much, for allowing
me to get to know you better!
Thank you!


1) Where do you live?

Montclair, NJ

2) What is the first thing you remember writing?

I am dyslexic and I paid a boy down the street with a matchbox car and a kiss to write down a story for me. It was about unicorns.

3) Why do you write?

I am a natural storyteller. In person or on the page and in the classroom, I am always telling stories - sometimes to instruct but often just to entertain.

4) Have you published any of your work?

I have published many short stories, poems, essays and pieces of memoir and have been published in newspapers and literary journals and a few of my pieces have been anthologized. Recently my first novel was published by Eliezer Tristan. It's called Max Runs.

5) What are you currently writing?

Several things, always, but centrally on a memoir focusing on my relationship with my father, who was quite a character.

6) Are you currently querying?

Not yet.

7) Finish this sentence (three lines or less):

and I decided that I'd write a story all in cliches.

8) Which activities do you like to participate in, in the Twitter writing community (VSS365, etc.)?

I'm not as active on Twitter as I wish I was. I'm more a Facebook person.

9) Do you have any formal training/education for writing?

I have an MFA from William Paterson University, although life is the best teacher of writing.

10) Do the people in your life know that you write?

Yes. I even have a tattoo of a quill on my left forearm. I've been calling myself a writer since before I was published.

11) Tell me about the people in your life. Family? Pets?

I am married to Anson Pope and have three kids, Alexander, Elisabeth and Samantha who are, at the moment, 26, 24 and 17 respectively. I dedicated my novel to Samantha because Max is based on her. She has a lot of challenges: bipolar disorder, she is dyslexic, and she is transgender. The book is about childhood bipolar disorder, although I've written about her being transgender as well. The Blair Reader recently purchased my article, “Mommy, I'm Not That Type of Girl.” It was originally published in Huffington Post and went viral. She is very like me - both bipolar disorder and dyslexia are hereditary and I got these from my father and passed them down to her.

Outside my immediate family, my sister Meg Hall and my brother, David Anshen and their families are the most important people to me. Meg is a professor of Anatomy at Midwestern University and David is an English Professor at the University of Texas. We plan to move to Arizona when Samantha has finished her transition. Elisabeth is already living out there.

12) Where do you wish your writing to take you?

I want to publish my memoir and I feel like I have many more novels and short stories inside me.

13) What did you expect when you joined the Twitter writing community? Did it turn out as expected?

I am more involved in the Facebook writing community - I think they are very related. I've gotten writing gigs, stories requested and I found my publisher through another writer.

14) Where do you write?

My bed. Panera. The car. I would like to write in the bath. I need a waterproof laptop.

15) How much time do you dedicate to writing, weekly?

No set amount of time. As much as I can.

16) Do you have other talents?

I swim, I knit, I make jewelry - I am always looking for new crafts.

  1. I do not mind when other writers ask for advice.
  2. I’d rather keep to myself!

A - If I have time, I am happy to. I am a teacher.

Judy and her daughter, Samantha


Judy Ryan Hall is a writer and itinerant teacher of writing who has lived in such far flung places as Iceland, Sudan, and New Jersey. She currently lives with her youngest daughter, Samantha, on whom Max is based, and her husband, Anson Pope, in Montclair, NJ. No one in her family approaches normalcy. Although Judy has been published in many journals and anthologies, “Max Runs” is her debut novel.

Twitter: @judashalah 
Facebook:  @voluptuousmermaid
Judy's website:

Judy at the Barnes and Noble book signing for "Max Runs"

PORTLAND, Oregon. February 15, 2019 - Author Judy Ryan Hall’s new book, Max Runs, released by Eliezer Tristan Publishing, dives into the story of stay-at-home mom Rebecca, whose youngest son, Max, gets diagnosed with early-onset bipolar disorder following an unanticipated suicide attempt. Her sister Sarah, an ER doctor, is convinced that she knows what is best for him, despite the advice from his own psychiatrist. But after some family secrets surface, Sarah kidnaps Max, and Rebecca embarks on a journey leaving the reader turning pages for more.

Hall wants readers to learn about mental illness and how it affects families. She says, “Bipolar disorder in particular is often hereditary and can occur in young children, sometimes leading to suicide attempts. But with treatment, people can live good, full lives. There is a stigma surrounding mental illness but until we talk about it, we can't break it.”

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