I recently had the opportunity to chat with author and screenwriter Michael Okon. Michael is getting set to release his SciFi Paranormal Fantasy novel “Monsterland” on October 13 and I had a few questions for him. Take it away, Mike!
Michael Crichton has stuck with me the longest. I can remember where I was and how I felt when I would read Jurassic Park, Congo, Rising Run, and The Andromeda Strain.
I see on your website that you’re both an author and a screenwriter. Do you prefer one to the other? And do you approach them differently when you begin to write?
I love the art of both. All my stories begin as a rough screenplay. I have to beat out my character arcs before I even begin to write. Once I finish the script, I then dive into the novel and flesh out all the character tics that I couldn’t before.
Do you have a regular writing routine (so many pages per day, for example) or are you more of a “when the mood hits” writer?
Research and development all day. Write every night with the Travel Channel or Food Network on mute in the background. I stop for an hour on Friday night if my wife and I have a date night, otherwise its writing every night.
Have you always been a fan of horror and fantasy novels? What sparked your interest in those genres?
I actually do not enjoy horror novels. I’m not into super gore or gratuitous violence. I definitely did not want to convey that in Monsterland. Fantasy on the other hand is all right in my book. I’m a Lord of the Rings guy. Monsterland is not horror or even fantasy for that matter. Monsterland is a monster book, plain and simple. I’ve always had a fascination with monsters since as far back as I can remember.
Okay, Michael, here’s a wild card question: What are your favorite non-writing activities?
I’m a sucker for Law of Attraction books. I’m also a huge movie buff. I try to fit in one movie a day, even if it’s a movie I’ve seen a dozen times already. I can cook a perfect rare rib eye. And I started lifting weights again – health is very important to me.
Michael Okon is a bestselling author and screenwriter. His newly revised book, Monsterland, is scheduled for release on October 15. Michael invites readers to connect with him on his website.