Today we have a very special guest! Please help me welcome RAVE REVIEWS BOOK CLUB’S “SPOTLIGHT” AUTHOR, Michael Eging!! I am SO excited to have Michael join us today.
Please sit back, relax and enjoy some time with Author Michael Eging…
My Writing Inspiration
Finding my muse has been a relatively simple thing throughout my life. I almost hate to admit it (joking), but yet, it has been an anchor for all I do, either personally or professionally. My inspiration comes from my family.
When I was young, my mother gave me an old beat-up typewriter that belonged to my grandmother. After reading some stories of the Emperor Heraclius (as well as a daily dose of Robert E. Howard), I plunked out a tale set in North Africa where a young Heraclius is kidnapped and a Byzantine soldier faces the desert tribes to set him free. As a reward for his bravery, the young soldier accompanies Heraclius on the grand expedition to capture Constantinople and restore the Roman Empire of the Dark Ages. Thanks, mom.
My father grew up on pulp fiction magazines of the 1930’s. I remember haunting bookstores with him for re-prints of John Carter of Mars, Conan and Tarzan. As I read the covers off those books, I was introduced to Tolkien, Zelazny and Donaldson. Just this past weekend, while with my own son in a bookstore searching for Conan comics from the 1970s, I told my own son how I would find lost books stashed beneath my father’s bed! My father was my kindred spirit and he encouraged me to read and explore, as well as write.
Finally, I find inspiration in my own family – my wife and children. I have realized over the years that the stories daddy tells them of knights and brigands, dragons and elves, rangers and shambling dead have stuck in their imaginations. My own children will remind me of those stories and even ask for a retelling! So each page, each scene and each project I complete are for them. I hope one day they will share the stories with their own children.
One day, they can sit down, open the pages and say, “I remember when my dad first told me this story…”
Mike has wanted to write since he was very young. His earliest memories are of carrying a battered old notebook around full of illustrations and stories. He would often transpose those ideas on his grandmother’s old typewriter. While in college, he was inspired by professors and visiting writers to BYU. Literary classics such as Song of Roland and Inferno were often in his backpack, along with Russian textbooks. Chapter 4 of Annwyn’s Blood was written during this time as a short story.
Mike works in Washington, DC since pursuing graduate studies in Russian History. He focuses in domestic policy issues. Recently, Mike has pursued an interest in writing screenplays for feature films with his first option being a medieval epic, Song of Roland. He continues to focus on a variety of script/movie projects, most recently a horror thriller, Feast of Saint Nicholas, and a political thriller, The Prince. Recently, he founded and launched Filibuster Filmworks with his partners to produce and develop feature films, television and other projects.
He lives in Northern Virginia with his wife, Lori and his wonderful children. He dreams of one day driving to Alaska in his old Defender with his kids and their dog, Marlin.
As a special treat, I am also including two poems that Michael has written. Enjoy!!
I sit alone to contemplate
the workings of a muse.
Yet the pages still seem blank,
I wonder what’s the use.
Dante wrote of hell and fire,
and Tennyson his table round.
I cry to find my purpose,
where it can be found.
My soul yearns to speak in power,
and call mankind to hear.
Fingers struggle to write the words,
weaving the strands of wyrd.
Is there some texture, a feeling
I can grasp or touch?
When it dangles on the fingertips,
I’ve found it and am lost.
The bloody marred blade lays
Nak’d upon a rock.
The knight, armour battered, fallen
Not far off.
His hands outstretched, still
In death he grasps,
For the sturdy blade.
Warrior’s noble horse
Calls up on the hill.
There is no one to answer—
No one ever will.
With hands outstretched, still
In death they grasp—
The descending cloud
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Until next time………………………………Happy Reading & Reviewing!!