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“When writing a novel a writer should create living people; people, not characters. A character is a caricature.”
That is my mission as a writer. My novels are written in first person and my goal is to make the people I create become real. Each character has their own faults, quirks and successes. After all, don't you?
My other goal is to become a better novelist with each release. I get asked who I pattern myself as an author and I can only say Mike Cantwell. Do I read other authors, yes. Do I make an attempt to copy anyone else, never. I will however say that I do take away things from other writers, for example, the multiple plots of George RR Martin, the realism of Tom Clancy and the story telling of Sidney Sheldon. But at the end of each novel, they are my stories told the way I want to tell them. They are characters from my imagination, though I am sure some come from either my own experiences, or people I have known in my lifetime. I was raised a Christian in New Jersey and have lived in Florida for many years, so my books tend to reflect who I am as a person.
“If it sounds like writing, I rewrite it. Or, if proper usage gets in the way, it may have to go. I can’t allow what we learned in English composition to disrupt the sound and rhythm of the narrative.”
I do my best to make that an accurate statement about my writing style. Though my novels all speak about redemption in some way, I create themes about music, political thrillers and take on the meaning of redemption directly in a story about your soul. Each novel is a stand alone story, however as they have been written some characters do flow throughout all the books.
I have been so very humbled by the responses I have received when someone reads my novels. I appreciate every one who takes the time to read them. Thank you to everyone who took the time to read even one of my novels. I have no idea how many I will write, but as long as I enjoy it, and one person is looking forward to the next one, I will keep writing. After all, I am an author who loves music, politics and discovering the meaning of redemption.
Presidential Shadows, is an attempt to tell the story of America's Presidents seen through the eyes of a middle school student. Alex was given a magical book on this tenth birthday written by many of the presidents. When Alex reads his book, the men come alive and tell thier stories about some of the decisions they had to make as president or the story of how they became president. Alex speaks with Lincoln at Gettysburg, Washington on his way back from battle, Monroe at the Battle of Trenton, Jefferson on his front porch, as well as all the other men who were president. It is history for kids of all ages.