Could you tell the readers a little bit about yourself?
During the day I am a senior data analyst. I’ve been working on the Waking Dream Mythos for over 16 years to create a framework, similar to Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos. I love to write, and I blog often about philosophy, science and religion, which deeply embedded in my fiction writing. I have two sites that I maintain, the first, arkangyl.com is my author site, the second is wayoftheweird.com which is written from the perspective of one of the characters in my books, Justin The Crier, who has multiple personality disorder, so the posts are written at random by his various personalities, warning the readers of the impending doom which the Waking Dream series is about.
Do you prefer the term Horror, Weird Fiction or Dark Fiction?
Dark fiction, because my work isn’t just horror or weird, it has paranormal, supernatural, horror, weird and dark fantasy aspects to it. But it is dark and the series will get progressively darker as it climaxes.
Who are some of your favourite authors?
My favourite author, the inspiration for my writing style is F. Scott Fitzgerald. However, Lovecraft is number two, and is the biggest influence on my stories and the Waking Dream Series. Other than that, I like Stephen King’s earlier works, Edgar Allan Poe, Ray Bradbury and Jeff Lindsay (Dexter Series)
What are you reading now?
Right now, I am reading The New Orleans Voodoo Handbook doing research for my next novel.
How would you describe your writing style?
My writing style is a cross between H.P. Lovecraft and F.Scott Fitzgerald. I love description, metaphors and character development. I am not at all subtle when it comes to killing off a character, and I try to shock the reader at the most unexpected moments in the story.
Describe a typical day spent writing. Do you have any unusual writing habits?
All of my writing habits are unusual. I write the story, or chapter, or dialogue in my head, and then I sit at the computer and type it all out. Sometimes I write in my office, my sanctuary, and other times I sit and write while watching a movie or TV show.
And I do not write sequentially. When a certain character wants to be heard, I sit and write down their part of the story. My characters range from ultra evil, to ultra good, and I have to be in the right mood and mindset to write a particular character. For instance, Gabryal is the antagonist of my series, and he is an Immortal with insidious plots planned against mankind. However, he has a code of ethics, is very refined, but has no problem killing his most loyal followers for minor infractions.
What’s your favourite food?
Bangers and Mash!
What’s your favourite album?
Animals by Pink Floyd. I am a huge fan of Pink Floyd in general.
What’s the most important lesson you have learned about writing?
You must find your own unique voice. It doesn’t serve you to try and mimic the writings of others. Originality has become a scarce commodity, and there are very few original ideas coming out. This is the reason I spent so much time researching and building my framework before I wrote the first novel.
Fame and fortune, or respect?
Respect. Fame and fortune will only get one so far in this world, insomuch that the ultimate goal of any human should be enlightenment. Fame and fortune will only hinder the path to enlightenment.
What piece of your own work are you most proud of?
Of course, I am proud of my first book Devlin. I think it embodies everything I’ve learned in philosophy, religion and science and presents a new way of thinking, hopefully getting people to believe in their own power to change the world for the better.
Can you tell us about your last book, and can you tell us about what you are working on next?
Devlin is the first in a nine novel dark fiction series. It is an autumn tale, and is primarily set in a fictitious town I’ve created nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, USA. Devlin focuses on events happening in October, leading up to the climax on Halloween, where the world begins to change irrevocably. Over the centuries, people known as Dreamers and Immortals learned how to change the dream by tapping into the primordial force known as the Weird – the energy responsible for the creation of the physical world. Auber Weir and the Dreamers of Devlin uncover a plot by one of the five Prime Immortals to seize control of the Waking Dream, and alter the face of reality. By the end of the book, one is left wondering, if they are a Dreamer, an Immortal or a merely a Sleeper.
The next book, The Unkindness, picks up where Devlin leaves off and chronicles the slow descent of our world into chaos and madness. The master of the plot will be revealed and one immortal will enshroud humanity in eternal twilight.
Michael Hibbard (1970 – ) is originally from New Jersey and he has lived all over the United States, Canada and Germany. He studied at DeSales University in Allentown, Pennsylvania, majoring in English Literature and Theology. For many years, he has studied the major world religion, philosophical disciplines and various branches of physics in a quest to understand the nature of the universe from one unified philosophy — which became the impetus for developing the Waking Dream Universe. The Waking Dream is the culmination of fifteen years of research, studies and collaboration with his son Kyle, in an attempt to describe the ill-understood aspects of our existence, exploring how we as conscious creatures mold the fabric of reality. He has taken so long to publish because the storyline spans thousands of years of history, and explores the centuries of years to come. It is more than just a story, it is an attempt to Awaken the Dreamer within us all, and bring our world to a new way of thinking.
In addition to writing, Michael is addicted to Idiot Guides, armchair physics, books from the early 20th century and collecting things. His hobbies include illustration, gaming of all varieties and playing electric guitar. During the day, he is a senior business analyst for a state agency, and can code in 11 different programming languages.
Michael is a member of the Author’s Guild and the Ancient Free and Accepted Masons.
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