In the intervening years, he has worked in various technology jobs, and is currently the technology manager for a small county government.
Married for twenty-two years to his best friend, and blessed with two wonderful daughters, he works to balance his writing while living in a house full of women. (Amazon)
BBB: What inspired you to become a writer?
EMM: My love of reading. I've been a voracious reader since I was little, and I was always impressed by the ability of a great author to take me out of my reality, and into theirs, using nothing but the printed word. Authors like Stephen King, R.A. Salvatore, and of course Margaret Weiss and Tracy Hickman are some of the ones that jump immediately to mind. King can scare you witless with a sentence, Salvatore puts you in the middle of beautifully choreographed dances of death, while Weiss and Hickman create elaborate and visually stunning worlds that draw you in almost instantly.
Although I made several forays into creative writing in my youth, it wasn't until a few years ago that I decided to make a serious attempt at writing something that others would (hopefully) want to read. If my books can bring you into my reality, I've done my job.
EMM: Dr. Mackland Luther and two of his friends are scientists on the verge of making an enormous breakthrough that could solve the world's energy problems. Their experiment goes wrong, sending them to an alternate universe that is both alien and familiar. They have to figure out where they are and how to get home, but more importantly they have to survive. Along with Lily, a security guard that was transported along with them, and Grizzly, a rugged survivalist in this deadly world,they must battle monstrous mutants and undead armies being controlled by a telepathic madman as they frantically search for a way home.
BBB: What do you think readers will enjoy most about your book?
EMM: I tried to put a new spin on the normal zombie story. I don't want to give too much away, but these aren't your run-of-the-mill shamblers, and they aren't the souped up world war z zombies. They do some things that will definitely surprise you. That's all I'm going to say about them for now.
I also think readers will like the possibilities that this story opens up for the next books in the series. Basically, Mackland and his friends have limitless opportunities ahead of them as they try to find their way home.
BBB: Tell us about your main character, Mackland Luther.
EMM: Mackland is a man driven by an intense desire to find answers to the mysteries of the universe. As a scientist, he is always challenging himself to solve these questions; in his off time, he likes to challenge himself physically with activities such as rock climbing and other high-risk endeavors. In Dark Luminance, he is challenged both mentally and physically to survive and lead his friends in a strange new world that doesn't always adhere to the scientific rules he has always lived by. Everything he knows is thrown into chaos in a matter of minutes, and if he can't adapt in time, none of them will survive.
EM: Yep, I have several works in progress! I am currently about a third of the way through the rough draft of the sequel to Dark Luminance, Dark Nexxus. I have an urban YA fantasy novel, Urban Phoenix, which is about to go to the editor, and should be published this fall. Finally, I have a short story titled Bad Seed in a science fiction anthology called World of Worlds which will be published this spring. I'm excited about all of them, but Dark Nexxus is my main focus right now. Mackland and the gang are in all kinds of trouble again, and I'm trying to get him to tell me what he has planned next!
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