Meet M.L.S. Weech, Author of The Journals of Bob Drifter
MLSW: I've been a fan of writing since I was 8. I tried writing my first book in junior high (it was awful) and completed my first manuscript when I was about 19 (it was also awful). By then I'd fallen in love with reading, particularly epic fantasy, and I couldn't possibly stop writing. I bounced around dead-end careers, frustrated that I couldn't write until I joined the Navy in 2005. I decided to enlist as a Journalist (now we call ourselves mass communication specialists).
I've had the honor to serve my country during the past ten years, and during that time I managed to complete six manuscripts. This book is my third and favorite.
I've been at sea, in Iraq and in Afghanistan. As my time in the Navy came to an end, I decided it was time to see where my writing could take me. I sent a request for information to Archway Publishing and had my book published in the blink of an eye. So now I'm getting my next book ready to publish and participating in events around my area, promoting this book.
MLSW: The spark of this book lit up when I saw my dad playing with the family dog. I'd had a couple other ideas bouncing around my head for a while, but when I saw that friendship, I wanted to find a way to preserve it. This led to a short story. I wrote it and submitted it to a few magazine without much luck. I put it aside without much thought until I told my brother about taking the main character, an average man with a supernatural job he didn't know much about, and putting him up against the more traditional, terrifying version of death. My brother demanded I write the book. I used the short story as the inspiration for the opening act and the rest, as they say, is history. I dedicated my book to my dad and that dog.
BBB: Tell us about your main character.
MLSW: Bob is just a guy who wants more satisfaction in his life. He has a routine. He's successful, but he doesn't find joy in his work and is frustrated by his lack of answers. He wants a satisfying, meaningful life, but his life revolves around death. That interested me from the start.
MLSW: I'm working on a new draft of what will be my second book, Caught. This is about a group of people who are trapped in a series of night terrors.
I'm outlining my seven book, Perception of War, which is a science fiction/fantasy blend that puts a young, clueless, photographer in the middle of a galactic war.
BBB: How can readers discover more about you and your work?
MLSW: Readers can visit my website at www.mlsweech.com.
I'm on Facebook at www.facebook.com/MLSWeech.
I'm also on Twitter, www.twitter.com/MLSWeech.