Monday, March 17, 2008

Interview with author of TAINTED HERO

Michael W. Davis

(a.k.a Big Mike)

Author of: Tainted Hero (Champagne books, 1/08), The Treasure (Golden Acorn Publishing, 12/07), Forgotten Children (Champagne books, 7/08)

Last week, I was asked to do an interview with a newspaper for my novel TAINTED HERO. Since no one was posting today, thought I would share a condensed version.

Where did the idea for TAINTED HERO come from

I was driving home from taking my sweetie to breakfast, and I heard a news report on the radio. It dealt with a topic I had worried about for many years. When I heard it, my immediate thought was, “Wow, its closer then I thought.” Then, “Hey, that would make a good storyline. Its got intrigue, personalized conflict, just needs some sweet loven, Hell, I can do that.” And the seed began. The final draft morphed significantly from the original idea. It developed a life of its own. By that I mean the story took twists and turns I never envisioned at the start.

Where did the characters come from

The hero was based 50% on the physical and emotional attributes of a friend that was a Specops officer in Desert storm, and 50% on myself in my younger days. The heroine was derived from a female I worked with in the Pentagon many years ago. I always found her extremely feminine (please don’t tell my wife). The villain was derived from a self-serving jerk I encounter on several projects I worked on for the Army. I only changed his hair color and age. The son of the heroine was based on images and memories of my son when he was a boy.

Where did the title come from?

The story was renamed three times. At its conception, I used the name Medium Contingency. As the story came to life, I changed it to Moral Paradox. When I sent it out to my hit squad (friends/family that are brutally honest and critical), my son came up with the final title. When I heard it, I knew I liked it. But just to be safe, I surveyed about two dozen friends/family and of the four titles I offered, Tainted Hero won hands down.

How long did it take to write?

The actual creation of the first draft only took about eight weeks. My mode of writing is to lock myself in a back room and leave this world until I get the story out. As corny as it sounds, I actually live the story as it evolves. That’s the fun part of it. The part I hate is the editing. I revised this particular manuscript over thirty times. The entire process, from birth to “I’m ready to submit,” took about five months.

Any other titles we should look for?

My second novel is entitled FORGOTTEN CHILDREN and is due out in July 08 (the cover can be viewed at It’s a romantic suspense that will scare the willies out of you. I’m in the process of revising my third novel (BLIND CONSENT) for the publisher. Frankly, I think it’s my favorite so far. It’s a hybrid between so many genres; I don’t even know how to classify it. But some of my hardest critics that loved the first two have said this was the best yet. Course, it’s the readers that really know if it’s good or not.

See ya again in two weeks.

Big Mike


Patrica said...

While i haven't read the book yet, it is on my wish list and I'm hoping to get to it before christmas. Still I enjoyed this interview, and the amount of information I got out of it was excellent. Well done and I look forward to more of your work.

Big Mike said...

Thank you so much Patrica. The actual interview took 2.5 hours (much longer then I expected), course, I do like to run my mouth. So this is quite a condensing, but I'm glad you enjoyed it and hope you enjoy the book. Take care.

Big Mike