Michael's Thoughts On: The Man In The Forest
Writing The Man In The Forest was quite a journey. Working through an overtime filled career schedule and finding little time to write, the entire project took about two years. It began with a walk in my neighborhood at night. I was passing a wooded area and heard a noise that caught my attention. When I looked over at the trees, I saw a tall figure looking back at me. After staring for a moment, it was clear that I was looking at a bunch of mangled branches, but the adrenaline I felt in those few moments combined with what I initially thought I saw was the inspiration for the story.
I've always held a fascination with horror stories, however the endings of most usually left me disappointed. A series of exceptions I found were in short stories. There were a couple I was working on already; one about a living ventriloquist doll named Johnny Nelson, and the other about a feral child, Isabel Yell. In the planning process for the book, I found a golden opportunity to combine these different horror concepts to revolve around the mysterious "man in the forest." With all the pieces in place, I had to find a path to an ending; it was the only portion I left vague in my planning stages. The climax in the book turned out to be improvised. The story had built to the point where I could allow it to tell itself. It no longer needed my "plotting" to do so. I'm proud of the result, but what I'm most proud of is the fact that the story is layered. A reader can go from cover to cover and just enjoy the ride, but they can also spot clues to solve several mysteries which weren't directly spelled out. There is a hidden theme to the story when following in the footsteps of the main character, Vincent, but I hid an even bigger mystery that readers still have yet to solve; who is "the man in the forest?" Nobody's found the answer yet (or at least no one's gotten it right who's taken a shot). All the secrets are hidden within the pages. Can you find them all?
About The Author
Born and raised in Central Florida, Michael Warriner pursued an early interest in learning music and creating characters in hand-drawn comic books. He began his career working simultaneously in the mental health industry and as a character performer at his local theme park. It was while pursuing his degree in Psychology that he began writing stories “just to kill time.” Before long, he had written two manuscripts. This developing interest in telling stories was further driven by his fascination with amateur filmmaking. By day, Michael now applies his education and training to assist clients diagnosed with mental illness. By night, he writes novels, and in his free time he composes music. He draws upon these varied interests to create unique characters and thrust them into memorable stories.
Here we are again with our "behind the scenes" segment. Every so often, we'll invite one of our authors to answer the hard questions about their latest work, such as their inspirations, their feelings when writing it, what they liked most and what they felt was most challenging while writing. Today it's Michael Warriner discussing his paranormal horror debut, The Man In The Forest. Apart from being a talented writer, he's also an accomplished musician and all-around pretty cool human being.
Welcome back to our new "behind the scenes" segment. Every so often, we'll invite one of our authors to answer the hard questions about their latest work, such as their inspirations, their feelings when writing it, what they liked most and what they felt was most challenging while writing. Next up: prolific author and master of horror Nicholas Paschall. He'll be discussing his new horror novel, The Father of Flesh. He's also a contributing author to our award-winning horror series, Shadows And Teeth, Volume 3.
Welcome to our new "behind the scenes" segment. Every so often, we'll invite one of our authors to answer the hard questions about their latest work, such as their inspirations, their feelings when writing it, what they liked most and what they felt was most challenging while writing. First up: our Head Acquisitions Editor, Ramiro Perez de Pereda. He'll be discussing his story, Bernadette, featured in Shadows And Teeth, Volume 3. Mr. Pereda is also the editor of our award-winning Shadows And Teeth horror series.
7/22 - R. Perez de Pereda, discussing his story, Bernadette, in Shadows And Teeth Vol. 3
7/24 - Nick Paschall, discussing his novel The Father of Flesh
7/28 - Michael Warriner, discussing his novel The Man In The Forest
7/31 - Simon Petersen, discussing his novel Slasher Sam
8/4 - Antonio Simon, Jr., discussing his book of short stories, Tarot of Hate
8/7 - Abbie Krupnick, discussing her novel, Holy
8/11 - Christopher F. Cobb, discussing his two sci-fi novels, The Slant Six and A Moon Called Sun
We need your help! We've got these great characters on the covers of our Shadows And Teeth horror series, and we want you to help us name them. Think of them as somewhere between series mascots and ambassadors for the books on which they're featured. Write in your suggestions in the comments section.
First up, the beautiful young lady on S&T1 who's just a little bit dead and always hungry for brains. Artwork by filmmaker Lynne Hansen.
Next is this sweet puppy on the cover of S&T2. He's a fully-grown German Shepherd who's a bit snappy and a tiny bit rabid, but is a great addition to any family. Artwork by Miami comic book artist Julio Valle.
Last but not least, we've got this handsome character with a toothy grin. He needs a name, something heavy metal, like Iron Maiden's "Eddy" or Dio's "Murray." Artwork by Dane Low of Ebook Launch.
Let us know your suggestions by writing them in the comments section.
And now for your listening pleasure, we present you two brand-new audiobooks of our latest releases: Holy, a contemporary dark fantasy with a touch of psychological horror; and A Moon Called Sun, a sci-fi time-travel adventure across several galaxies.
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