AUTHOR INTERVIEW 66 – Michael R. Lowe

Michael R. Lowe

United Kingdom

Age 26

The story of the Empty Throne begins 4 years ago, when but a mere idea sparked within my head – „Perhaps it was all coincidence, or possibly fate. But none the less, events were set in motion that would determine the future of all, and that of nothing.” From there I poured my heart and soul into the world I have created, creating a diverse world filled with interesting characters and fascinating plots. Before long I found myself sitting in front of my screen 3 and a half years later in the middle of a global pandemic and by the time I finished six months later, What Lies Beneath had come into being.
Before there can be Order, there must be Khaos
A man with no memory, a darkness resurface, a tyrant hungry for power. When Arturius wakes into a world he has no memory of, he very soon finds himself thrust into an endless cycle of war, death and Khaos. A company of exiles finds themselves on the perilous journey to seeks out the lost crowns of old and claim the mantle of the Empty Throne before darkness sets in across the realms. Pursued by an entity of twisted life and death, but who is more dangerous, the man or the myth.
In the ancient realm of Xovia lies a secret. A secret lost to the sins of man and beast that shall place the balance of life upon a knife’s edge. For sometimes when you stare deep into the abyss, the abyss stares back. And when the Empty Throne calls for its successor, its song shall not be left untarnished.

Romelia: WHAT IS THE MOST DIFFICULT PART OF YOUR ARTISTIC PROCESS?

Michael R. Lowe: I find the most difficult part is ensuring that as much of my story and ideas are as unique as possible. With such a large market filled to the brim with amazing stories it can be difficult to think of ideas that have not yet already been told.

Romelia: DOES YOUR FAMILY SUPPORT YOUR CAREER AS A WRITER?

Michael R. Lowe: They absolutely do, they purchased my books as soon as they were released. I offered to provide them copies free of charge but they insisted of paying full price. Much of my inspiration has come from my childhood, playing games, the adventures we used to take across our local fields and forests.

Romelia: IF YOU HAD TO DO SOMETHING DIFFERENTLY AS A CHILD OR TEENAGER TO BECOME A BETTER WRITER AS AN ADULT, WHAT WOULD YOU DO?

Michael R. Lowe: I would have worked on improving my grammar sooner in life, as a child and during my teenage years I was very poor when it came to my grammar skills. It was until much later on that I turned that around and improved it greatly.

Romelia: HOW LONG ON AVERAGE DOES IT TAKE YOU TO WRITE A BOOK?

Michael R. Lowe: My first novel has taken me 4 years to develop, I worked meticulously to write out my plot, characters and world, constantly changing the dynamics and flow until I felt it worked. After that it took me 6 months to write the story and edit the manuscript however this was mostly due to the coronavirus pandemic that left me with much spare time on my hands.

Romelia: DO YOU BELIEVE IN WRITER’S BLOCK?

Michael R. Lowe: Writers block is most definitely a thing, even when I had planned and crafted my story I still found myself at a standstill especially when it came to the dialogue. I wanted to ensure that the characters spoke in a natural and flowing manner rather than a robotic motion.

Romelia: AT WHAT POINT DO YOU THINK SOMEONE SHOULD CALL THEMSELVES A WRITER?

Michael R. Lowe: The truth I feel is that anyone can call themselves a writer, but it takes true dedication, determination and focus to become an author. If you believe in your work and see it through to the end then you have accomplished a feat not many others would have.

Romelia: WHAT DIFFERENCE DO YOU SEE BETWEEN A WRITER AND AN AUTHOR?

Michael R. Lowe: Anyone can write, it takes true imagination and creativity to be an author.

Romelia: HOW DO YOU PROCESS AND DEAL WITH NEGATIVE BOOK REVIEWS?

Michael R. Lowe: I see every review in a positive manner, even the bad ones. There are so many people on this world of ours and not everyone will like the same things. To me it means somebody gave my book a chance which is a step beyond what most people may do and flick past it on the bookshelf. I feel only the most valid books have negative reviews and bad comments may sell books better than good ones in some cases.

Romelia: WHAT IS THE MOST DIFFICULT PART OF YOUR WRITING PROCESS?

Michael R. Lowe: For me it is making the characters appear natural in the dialogue, I want them all to have a distinguished personality that differs the conversation from character to character. I have quite a wide selection of very different characters that can make it difficult to keep on track of them all.

Romelia: HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN WRITING OR WHEN DID YOU START?

Michael R. Lowe: I started writing with the start of my first book What Lies Beneath, however my imagination has stayed with me for as long as I can recall and this is what I essentially write about.

Romelia: WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO A WRITER WORKING ON THEIR FIRST BOOK?

Michael R. Lowe: Take your time, if you are not happy with your work then how can you expect others to like it. Refine it alter it, refine it again and just keep at it until you are happy with the end result. When you rush through it you are more prone to mistakes and plot holes that others are sure to pick up on.

Romelia: WHAT, TO YOU, ARE THE MOST IMPORTANT ELEMENTS OF GOOD WRITING?

Michael R. Lowe: Being able to take criticism and harsh comments, it’s a very cut throat industry and not everyone will be wary of your feelings. Take any negativity with a pinch of salt and use it to your advantage.

Romelia: WHAT COMES FIRST FOR YOU – THE PLOT OR THE CHARACTERS – AND WHY?

Michael R. Lowe: For me the plot comes first, I develop my characters based on the setting, period, content etc. It would be pointless to me to have a cybernetic warrior with PTSD journeying through a realm of dragons and sorcery. Some authors might be able to work around it but I want my characters to fit the bill.

Romelia: HOW DO YOU DEVELOP YOUR PLOT AND CHARACTERS?

Michael R. Lowe: For me it is a very arduous process of ideas and evolution. I will start with a clear issue in the story, maybe an evil force or disaster has occurred, then I will mold around that a time jump, maybe a year, ten years, 100 years has passed and the world is in a different state. From there I start introducing characters that have gone through hardships and stories based on such prior events. Once that is done then I can focus on the story and how it will change the world and characters along the way.

Romelia: WHEN DID YOU FIRST CALL YOURSELF A WRITER?

Michael R. Lowe: When I began noting down my ideas and developing a story.

Romelia: HOW DO YOU USE SOCIAL MEDIA AS AN AUTHOR?

Michael R. Lowe: I try to use a variety of different social media platforms such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and my own website. However my social media skill are mostly limited to sharing funny videos online so I am still developing those skills to this day to help boost my books reach.

Romelia: WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE AND LEAST FAVORITE PART OF PUBLISHING?

Michael R. Lowe: My favorite is the journey I take developing my story, I love adding twists and turns, heartbreak and turmoil. My least favorite is waiting to hear back from agents and publishers, it’s a very difficult part of the process and seldom generates positive results.

Romelia: WHAT WOULD YOU TO AN AUTHOR WHO WANTED TO DESIGN THEIR OWN COVER?

Michael R. Lowe: I would say that if you want to create a cover that’s great, only you can truly know how it is meant to look. Just remember that this is the first thing that potential author will see, if it doesn’t stand out on the shelf then the chances are that it will not leave it.

Romelia: HOW MANY BOOKS HAVE YOU WRITTEN AND WHICH IS YOUR FAVORITE?

Michael R. Lowe: I have only written the one so far, but I am in process of developing the sequel in the series. Though I have yet to decide how many books will take up The Empty Throne Series, I feel that it will end when the story comes to its conclusion.

Romelia: WHAT PART OF THE BOOK DID YOU HAVE THE HARDEST TIME WRITING?

Michael R. Lowe: My hardest part was the opening of the story, I had to write something that would engage the reader and make them want to read on, so it was imperative that it be exciting, mysterious thrilling and interesting to read.

Romelia: WHAT PART OF THE BOOK WAS THE MOST FUN TO WRITE?

Michael R. Lowe: For me it was the dialogue between certain characters, I could create witty remarks, angry scolding and heartfelt pleas. It was a fun way to explore the emotions of my characters and how I could develop it through my writing.

Romelia: WHICH OF THE CHARACTERS DO YOU RELATE TO THE MOST AND WHY?

Michael R. Lowe: My younger years I would relate most to Silas, a weak and feeble character whose main strength lay within his intellect and ability to learn stuff quickly. Later on, I would say I related more to Arturius, feeling much more empathy and concern for others more than myself.

Romelia: IF YOU’RE PLANNING A SEQUEL. CAN YOU SHARE A TINY BIT ABOUT YOUR PLANS FOR IT?

Michael R. Lowe: The next book in my series will be titled The Fallen Order, I don’t want give a lot away with it but I can tell you there will be an interesting of new characters both evil and benign, much more action, vast new settings and a more sinister undertone as more of what the empty throne is emerges from the shadows.

Romelia: TELL US SOMETHING FUNNY ABOUT YOUR ADULT LIFE.

Michael R. Lowe: A funny moment in my life came when I was looking at joining an Aikido club (Japanese martial arts), I rolled up to the center finding it heaving with people who I believed to be attending for the class, I signed in and waited, excited that so many others were interested in it. My excitement soon shifted when after doing group warm ups the instructor called for zombie time which the entire room promptly obliged. Groaning, grunting and biting in a vast array of rather impressive acting. As it would have turned out I hadn’t in fact attended Aikido, but in fact the zombie school for Halloween events. As such I promptly made my escape feigning the need for the toilet only to then be watched closely as I had to perform what seemed like a 20-point turn in order to escape the car park.

Romelia: describe yourself in a few sentences. Tell us something we do not know about you and something you hate about the world.

Michael R. Lowe: I would say that I am an extremely imaginative person who conjures up all manner of creature, story and adventure in my head, I am a proud father and married to a loving wife who has been my rock in getting me this far writing my book. I am a budding pilot and am capable of flying most single engine aircraft with my dream being one day to own one and take to the skies. Something I hate most about the world is a mixture of political correctness and people being offended by everything. I have seen many books subjected to the cancel culture because of this and that when people need to realise one very simple thing. It is a story, its made up and meant to tell a tale for entertainment. If people spent less time getting offended and more time enjoying life then things would be so much better in the world.

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