Today, I’m welcoming William Dye to my blog for an interview. He is the author of serial novel called Mungus. He is offering one signed hard copy of his novel. Enter the giveaway on the Rafflecopter form below.
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Brief Synopsis presented by author:
Walter Higgins is an eleven-year-old orphan who feels the weight of the world on his shoulders. Both of his parents are deceased, leaving him the only one to take care of his special-needs twin brother, Saul.
Mungus is a green, wild planet out in the Milky Way. Walt and his brother are forced down onto the world with no guidance and no one to make sure that they are safe. Hungry carnivores stalk the jungles in a wild terrain that is unfit for two little boys. Worse than the wild-life are the natives—lean people with sharp teeth and dark intentions. Walt and his twin brother are apprehended by them, put into shackles, and forced live in the barbed wire confines of Glen Taylor’s farm. Big Glen Taylor is the meanest of all the locals. His angry red face and crazed eyes scare even the bravest of men. There are no breaks from the labor as Walt and Saul are forced to work the land, picking cotton from sun up to sun down. With barbed wire fences surrounding the place and hostile guards standing over the prisoners, no one is courageous enough to fight for their freedom. Love for his brother and a promise made on his mother’s deathbed keep Walt going. He sees that Saul is losing weight. When his brother is changing shirts, Walt notices a nasty scar on Saul’s back where he was whipped. He fears the worst. In a desperate move from a boy who feels responsible for everything, Walt rounds up Saul and tries to escape from Glen Taylor’s farm.
Hello, my name is William Dye. I’ve written a serial novel called Mungus that follows two orphans in a post-apocalyptic situation in which humans have decided to leave earth. Because of certain legislation, Walter and Saul Higgins are sent down to the dangerous planet Mungus against their will. The serial novel is available on Amazon and part six will be released on May 21!
Did you always want to be a writer? If so, what medium did you start with? Poetry, Short Stories, Novellas, Novels??
I didn’t always want to be a writer, but I did always want to entertain people. It wasn’t until I was about 16 that I decided I wanted to be a writer. I started with novels, and that’s the form that I enjoy the most. I wrote my first one, Arkadelphia, when I was seventeen. Since then, I’ve completed four and see no end in sight. I think that this will be a lifelong passion.
What was the inspiration for your book series, Mungus?
The inspiration came from my own desire to create a new world. Writing in contemporary times has certain limitations. I really admired what J.K. Rowling did when creating Harry Potter; she created a unique universe where her creativity wasn’t bound to reality. In a similar way, I created Mungus where I could invent my own social rules, characters, and where the plot line was only limited by my own imagination.
Who is your favorite author??
Stephen King. I can’t read enough of his works. I love that when I pick up his books I can expect a well of creativity so that I never know what to expect.
What is your favorite genre to read and why?
I love to read young adult. I feel as though that genre puts out some of the best work as far as creativity goes.
Do you prefer to be indie published, self-published, or traditional published?? Why?
I would prefer to traditionally published, but I haven’t had any offers. I would love to have the opportunity to only focus on writing.
Did you ever experience a major life changing event that impacted your writing?
I consider obtaining positive reviews on Amazon as a major life event. It really gave me a lot of confidence in my talents.
If the world was on the edge of extinction, how would you survive??
Create a spaceship and travel to Mungus. I already know all about it, what to avoid, what to eat. That would be pretty simple.
What advice would you give to other aspiring writers like myself??
I think that reading a lot is the most important thing that you can do. If you’re well read, you can build a storehouse of what you like, what’s good, and what’s bad.
What other projects do you have on the horizon??
Well, I have two completed novels that I’m preparing to publish on Amazon. One is called Arkadelphia, my first novel that I’ve ever written. It’s a horror novel set in Arkadelphia concerning two teenagers who work on a tree farm. Another novel that will be released soon on Amazon that I have completed is called The Neighborhood. This one is, like Mungus, a post-apocalyptic novel. The story takes place on earth eight years after The Great Disaster. The novel follows Josie, a seventeen year old girl who an odd society wants to be a princess.
Tell us about 5 books that changed your life in some way??
The Road-Cormac McCarthy—this novel has the most beautiful imagery.
Harry Potter- Such a great series.
The Stand-Stephen King—I learned a lot about characterization from this novel
Under the Dome by Stephen King—this novel was written after so many thought King was past his prime. He came back and wrote a great novel! Inspiring!
The Giver—Just a great YA novel.
If you could time travel, what time period would you go to and why??
1960’s. I’m reading 11/22/63 right now and I’m very intrigued.
And a fun one, what would you do if there was a zombie apocalypse?
Find a makeup artist to paint me like a zombie, knock some of my teeth out, and try to fit in. If you can’t beat them, join them.
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