FAITH: Proverbs 3:5,6

I was born and raised in a rural community in Southwestern Ohio where I spent most of my time running through the woods and streams and cornfields with my siblings and friends. Just after my sixteenth birthday my family moved to South Georgia where I am presently living and working today.

“The Following Is An Interview I Gave To Amazon WriteOn”

When did you first start writing?

I first started writing on Monday, April 14, 2014 at 9:48 AM.

I quite literally woke up one morning and decided I was going to write a fantasy novel series.

Now, here we are January of 2016 and I have two books completely drafted and outlining for a third, while writing the first book in an offshoot series.

What was your inspiration for The White Tower?

Believe it or not I had no inspiration for writing The White Tower, which is the first book in the The Aldoran Chronicles series. When I say I woke up and decided to start writing this saga, I literally woke up, sat down at my laptop, and started writing. To be fair, I did take ten to fifteen minutes of serious reflection, in which time I came up with two names I thought should be used as the main characters.

What is, now, chapter three are the first words I ever wrote in this book. There have obviously been quite a few revisions since then, but for the most part the majority of what I first typed is still there.

Who are your favorite authors?

I have a number of favorite authors, all of which hold places on my shelves or space on my Kindle. [The following list is not in the least wise extensive, and only in order of my chronology of reading]:Terry Brooks, Robert Jordan, Brandon Sanderson, Patrick Rothfuss, L. E. Modesitt Jr., Terry Goodkind, Robin Hobb, Joe Abercrombie, Robert J Crane, Mark Lawrence, Cameron Jace, Danielle L. Jensen, and James Maxwell.

Do you do a lot of research?

My world building for The Aldoran Chronicles has been very extensive. When I wrote the series I wanted it to have firm legs to stand on, which meant there needed to be a very believable world with a very definable past that has led to where our story begins. My original intent, and still is perhaps, was to be able to create, at the very least, three separate series from this main timeline, not including the offshoot series I’m working on now, which takes place within the same world.

Needless to say, because of this, there is quite a lot of research that I have had to do in order to make this story even remotely realistic. I have an entire folder system on my computer dedicated to research alone with over 37 individual folders holding over 500 documents on every kind of topic I can think of to use within my book – and more gets added every day.

The good thing is that its fantasy. Fantasy authors are generally given a little more leeway when it comes to realism since it is all make believe anyway. However, you’ll be surprised how many times your readers will call you out on the minutest inconsistencies like there wouldn’t be a lace collar on a woodsman’s jerkin, when at other times you could describe a flying car in a high-speed chase with a dragon rider and no one says a word. Not that I have I have flying cars in my book, or dragon riders.  hmmm?

Where do you write? place? laptop? computer? phone? pen and paper?

I do all my writing from home on my laptop. I don’t have internet at my house, so I find myself packing up my laptop quite a bit and taking off for the office when I need to do some more research.

The very idea of paper and pen gives me carpal tunnel just thinking about it.

What made you actually sit down and start writing your first story?

For three years prior to the decision of writing my own fantasy series, I had been working with a business partner on filming and pitching a new reality TV show to networks which unfortunately was never able to get off the ground. Putting the stress of television aside, I decided to put my time toward another endeavor, one that would still allow me to use my creativity and imagination.

I have always been a lover of fantasy ever since I first borrowed my father’s copy of Terry Brook’s Sword of Shannara. So it was no wonder that I made the decision to write in that specific genre.

Do you aim for a certain amount of words per day, or just write when you can?

I usually like to get in around 3K words a day as a benchmark. Some days I hit it. Some days I don’t. Some days I go over.

Both my first two books in the series so far have come out to roughly 200K words a piece, so even at 3K a day it still takes a while to draft. I know of other authors who are able to get 6K-10K a day. Who knows, maybe that will be possible some day for me, but right now I’m more worried about the quality of the words as opposed to the quantity.

Do you outline your plot ahead of time, or just sit down and write and see where the words take you?

With my first book I obviously didn’t outline. I had rough benchmark goals I wanted to see happen. I knew the ending, but I had no idea how I was going to get to it. I let the characters do the talking for me. The downside to doing this, especially as a first time author, is that in my case the first draft tended to be filled with too many day-to-day details and routines that didn’t move the story forward in a timely manner.

My second book I did more outlining, but still let my characters drive the story. I knew where I wanted them to end up, and let the creative process guide the way. I believe the first draft of my second book is much more fluid than the first. You learn and hopefully apply that knowledge from one book to the next.

With the first book in my offshoot series, I have relied on a heavier set of outlining, finding the overall arc and then breaking it down into three tiers. From there I decide how many chapters I’ll have in each and the main story arcs.

To sum it up: I am more of a pantser than a plotter, but without at least a basic plotting, I wouldn’t be able to do either.

Do you get writers block?

I don’t think I know of many, or any, authors who have not had this problem before. Typically this comes when I am trying to figure out the next plot point. My way around this problem is to step away from the computer, walk outside, and take a stroll around a forested pond. It clears my head. And when that doesn’t work, you’ll be surprised what a hot bubble bath can do.

Tell us something interesting about you!

Wow, this is probably the toughest question of all, much like a writer being forced to create his/her own back cover blurb.

I guess one interesting thing is that my entire family are black belts and we used to own and operate our own local dojo.

32 Comments

  1. Amani D Mutua

    Mr. Wisehart! I was searching for new novels and came across your books. I noticed that the Street Rats of Aramoor was the prequel to the Aldoran Chronicles and since I was new to you, I started there.

    I absolutely loved Banished and Hurricane, reading them both back to back. Love Aryion, Red (Kira), Sapphire, and Tubby!

    From there I saw that Shackled was a prequel to the first book in the Aldoran Chronicles, presumably after the Street Rats of Aramoor? but it wasnt in the Kindle store so I went straight to the White Tower and WOOOOOWWWW!!!!! as an aspiring writer I was blown away by the actions scenes and was so happy when i realized how closely it relates to Street Rats of Aramoor. It gave me insight on Aryions relationship with Kira (Red) and that was soooo interesting and a great scene when they meet again. I loved the action scenes, Loved the council of wielders, the fight with Mangora, Nyalis showing up in the nick of time! The Hor’hounds were also privotal. Dakaran and Valtor are also well written. CAnt wait for the Plague of Shadows and the third installment to Street Rats of Aramoor. Im about to follow you on facebook and twitter and copy of reviews to amazon and goodreads. Thanks, keep pushing. Content Content Content!!!!

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    • Michael Wisehart

      Hello Amani,

      Thanks so much for reaching out. I’m glad to hear you are enjoying the story. You can actually get the prequel, Shackled, for free here: https://michaelwisehart.com/shackled-wt/

      Thanks in advance for the reviews on Amazon and Goodreads. Those reviews are very important in pushing my books to more readers.

      You mention that you are an aspiring writer…what genre are you hoping to write in?

      All the best,

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      • Amani D Mutua

        First off my apologies for spelling Ayrion’s name wrong there, I was excited after reading your developments for the upcoming releases and was typing too fast. I forgot to mention I love Ty and Lyessa as well as Adarra and Kellen. But man..everyone is enjoying your stories, theyre so fun and imaginative I got lost reading them. Just finished White Tower this morning at work after staying up until 3:13am last night. At 3am I told myself only one more chapter, lol. How does one become one of the beta readers? and would you recommend going back to reread after the edits? Im not sure if the one I read was an edit or not. I’ve always loved Fantasy since I was young, Im 26 now. Ive only written 13 pages on microsoft outlining my book but its fantasy. Its slow because one must make money and life takes you places. I want to have a few months to sit down and really work on it.

        Im definitely about to read Shackled as Ferrin is a cool character with a nice sense of humor despite gruesome circumstances and i want to hear more about Kellen’s dad. I would totally work with you as an assistant hahah. I feel like my Wielder power would be intuition along with knowing when people are lying..discernment. Thanks for the quick response!!

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        • Michael Wisehart

          Wow! 3am…does that really exist. Haven’t seen that time on the clock in quite a while.

          If you have an older version, you can look under your content and devices section on amazon where your ebooks are stored and you’ll see an update there if it is. If their is no update button underneath The White Tower then it is probably the most recent. I still have one more copy editor working on it.

          Intuition. Knowing when people are lying. Hmmm…that would be a great gift to have.

          Here’s a link to join Beta Readers: https://michaelwisehart.com/join-the-beta-team/

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          • Amani D Mutua

            Thanks so much again for writing such great books, I signed up and i’ll be watching an waiting! Much luck!!

  2. Kim

    My husband bought me the first book of The Aldoran Chronicles. I read it in 2 days! Since then, I’ve read Shackled and both installments of Street Rats of Aramoor. I can’t wait to see what comes next!!!! It’s always good for the heart to see a fellow Georgian with such talent!

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    • Michael Wisehart

      Hi Kim,

      Wow! 2 days. That is quite the feat. I’m glad to hear you are enjoying the story. I’ve been working for the last 6 months with a team of editors as we’ve gone back through The White Tower. I’m hoping to have the 2nd edition ready by next month. I’ve been updated Amazon with my re-writes as I’ve gone, which has left a number of typos in the book. My final copyeditor (cleaner) is going through it now. Once the final version is complete I’ll update Amazon and let readers know they have 1 week to get the 1st edition paperback before it is taken down for ever. I’m working hard on getting the second draft of the second book Plague of Shadows. Don’t have a set date for publishing though.

      Thanks, Kim, for reaching out. If you haven’t yet done so, I’d appreciate a quick review on Amazon for the books. Those reviews make a big difference.

      All the best,

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  3. Michelle Pyy

    I am not one to leave a comment, but I just finished The White Tower today. I needed a new book, searched Audible, and came across it. You just surpassed Brandon Sanderson as my favorite author. Excellent detail. As much as I prefer to physically read a book, my current schedule limits me to the audio version, and the narrator was just fabulous. The detail of the book brought the world to life. I could close my eyes, listen, and the world just came to life in my mind. It held my attention from the first “page” to the last. Will be downloading the others, and looking forward to more in the future. Thank you so much!!

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    • Michael Wisehart

      Thanks Michelle for taking the time to reach out. It’s always good to hear how the story is being received. Finding myself as a favorited author is humbling.

      I’ve spent the better part of this year working with a team of editors to re-write The White Tower, something I didn’t have the budget to do when I first published.

      I’m hoping to bring the book out to a complete 2nd edition sometime next month. I’m also hoping to talk my audio publisher into remaking the audiobook as well. My narrator, Tim Gerard Reynolds, is busy recording the first two books in my offshoot series: Street Rats of Aramoor.

      Please feel free to copy and paste your comment on the audible book page for The White Tower if you get the chance. Those reviews are very helpful.

      All the best,

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  4. Sherona Lewis

    I really enjoyed your Street Rats of Aramoor books. You did a wonderful job describing the fighting scenes. I truly felt like I was there. Every fighting scene left me on the edge of my seat. I can’t wait for your next installment.

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    • Michael Wisehart

      Hi Sherona,

      I’m excited to hear you are enjoying the books. It’s good to hear the fighting scenes have come across visually. Those are generally a difficult area for writers to portray.

      Have you started on The White Tower yet? I’m doing a complete re-edit of the book with a full team of editors, and I’m hoping to bring it out to a second edition next month.

      Don’t forget to leave a review of the books on Amazon if you can. They are very helpful.

      All the best,
      Michael Wisehart

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  5. David Johnson

    I normally don’t write reviews or comments, but I really enjoyed your books. I am currently at a hospital for a family member and just read Banished, Hurricane, and The White Tower in just a short couple of days. It really helped pass the time for me. I loved “The White Tower” especially. Great story and great characters. Can’t wait for the next book.

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    • Michael Wisehart

      Thank you David for reaching out. I’m glad to hear you are enjoying the stories, especially through hard times. The second book in the Aldoran Chronicles series is out with beta readers at present. During this time, I’ve hired a team of editors to go back over my published books, including The White Tower, and bring them up to the standards I’d like to see them at, something I didn’t have the budget to do when I first published. Very excited by the progress so far! I hope you continue to be entertained. If you haven’t done so already and wouldn’t mind, I’d appreciate a quick review on Amazon for the books. You could simply copy and paste what you wrote in your comment. Those reviews really do help. – Thanks!

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      • David Johnson

        Just posted some reviews on Amazon. Happy to help. I’m amazed you just started your writing career. You’re doing fantastic! I was a little leery of starting a new series that wasn’t established yet just from my experience with some series where the authors take several or more years to write the next book. lol, I’m just so impatient. I’m happy I took a chance on this series and recommended it to my brother as well. Can’t wait for the next books. Keep up the good work.

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        • Michael Wisehart

          Hi David. Thanks for the review! I’m glad you took the chance on the books. There will be many, many more to come. -Happy Reading!

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  6. Hans

    Excellent choice on Tim Gerard Reynolds to do narration on the audio book for The White Tower! I found the book on audible and almost didn’t get it because I hate starting book series that are incomplete. Pat Rothfuss has instilled in me a deep mistrust of fantasy authors. I hope he releases the 3rd Kingkiller Chronicles book some day but I’m not holding my breath. Having said that, I picked up this (audio)book because of the great reviews.

    Now that I’m on your site, I’m heartened to see that you actually update your readers on your progress, like Brandon Sanderson does. Good stuff!

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    • Michael Wisehart

      Hi Hans,

      I do understand the worry with an author never completing. I do my best to keep my readers informed. Currently, I’ve hired a full team of editors to go back over all my books and help me focus the writing and bring them out to second editions. The White Towers’ sequel is in the hands of my beta team at present. I love Tim. He does a phenomenal job in audio narration.

      I hope you enjoy the book.

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  7. Gale Osborne

    Just finished the White Tower and I have to say it is one of the best books I have ever had a chance to read.It has a great storyline with lots of great characters and it’s loaded with nail biting action from start to finish.The only problem I had with it was that it was so good I couldn’t put it down once I started reading.Thank you for writing such an enjoyable read. Buy the way I live in southeast Ohio and it’s good to have such a good auther from Ohio even if you don’t live here now . : )

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    • Michael Wisehart

      Hi Gale. Thank you so much for the kind praise and for reaching out. Yes, us southern Ohioans need to stick together. 🙂

      I’m so glad you enjoyed the story. I hope you had a chance to read the prequel, Shackled. If you haven’t already, and wouldn’t mind, it would be a great help to me if you could leave a quick review on Amazon for the book. If your not sure how, here’s a quick video from my blog: http://michaelwisehart.com/how-to-leave-a-book-review/ (You could actually just copy and paste what you wrote here in your comment.) Those reviews are really important.

      Thanks again for letting me know you enjoyed my writing. I’m busy working to get the next ones ready!

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  8. Shawn Doyle

    Michael,

    I picked up White Tower on amazon outstanding, I have been reading fantasy for years. I love Terry Brooks, Tolkien and many more. After finishing White Tower I went to look for volume 2 and OUCH no book. Are you working on book 2? I hope you I truly enjoyed the book and look forward to reading the entire series.

    Cheers,
    Shawn Doyle

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    • Michael Wisehart

      Hi Shawn, thanks for reaching out. It’s always good to hear readers are enjoying the work. I do have the first draft to the second book in the Aldoran Chronicles series complete, but before I finish I plan on releasing the first book in my offshoot series: Street Rats of Aramoor. It’s out with beta readers right now. If you’d like to keep up with the next books’ release dates, plus grab a free copy of the prequel “Shackled,” you can do so here: http://www.michaelwisehart.com/shackled-wt

      Thanks for reading!

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      • Sandra

        Was looking to pre order upcoming books. Is this possible?

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        • Michael Wisehart

          Hi Sandra. I don’t currently do pre-releases of my books since it has a tendency to mess with their Amazon ranking in an unfavorable way. The only pre-release I have at the moment is the audiobook for The White Tower, which you can find on Amazon.

          The prequel to the new offshoot series Street Rats of Aramoor will be launching on the 25th, with the first book in that series coming out the following month.

          The best way to keep informed would be to like my author page on Facebook. http://www.facebook.com/MichaelWisehart.author

          Thanks for reaching out Sandra!

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  9. David M Carey

    Good morning,

    Just discovered your book on Amazon..checked out your website, joined the Council. downloaded the prequel and read your bio. I am from southeastern Ohio, lived in north Florida for a while and currently back in southeastern Ohio. Excited to have made this discovery this morning, am/was currently reading Anthony Ryan The Waking Fire, and honestly it is very confusing and I am not enjoying it at all, most likely will DNF it. (thats why I was browsing for something new) Read the sample of The White Tower, thought it was very good, as stated I am now reading the prequel and this is so much better than the Ryan book, am looking forward to The White Tower. Thank you, Kind regards.

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    • Michael Wisehart

      Hey David. Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to reach out. I grew up in a small farming community about 15 minutes outside of Dayton. I do hope you enjoy the prequel, Shackled. It leads directly into The White Tower, which you stated you have already read the opening sample. You’ll have to let me know what you think. – Happy Reading and Merry Christmas!

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      • Arlene Esque Rounce

        Wow near Dayton? Then you know Wapakoneta? Hometown of Neil Armstrong? I went to high school there. 🙂 Really enjoying your books! I’m reading The White Tower and Shackled. Then I see that Ayrion is in your other 2 books? Should they have been read first?
        BTW, you self published? Any thoughts/tips for others that might be thinking of doing that?

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        • Michael Wisehart

          Hi Arlene,

          Glad to hear from another buckeye. Both the Aldoran Chronicles and the Street Rats series are set within the same world, but one doesn’t have to be read before the other. They are completely independent. The Street Rats of Aramoor series does come first chronologically, but most people prefer reading The White Tower beforehand to get a better understanding of the world.

          I’m a hybrid author, which means I am both self-published and have a publisher. I self-publish my ebooks and paperbacks, but I have a publisher for my audio books. Best tips I can give is to join some indie publishing facebook communities and start watching self publishing podcasts to get a better understanding of how this all works. I spent three years researching while working on my The White Tower. There are also plenty of great courses out there to guide new authors through the steps of publishing. One of the best is the Self Publishing Formula…also a great podcast to watch as well. https://selfpublishingformula.com/

          All the best,

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          • Arlene Esque Rounce

            Thanks for your thoughtful reply. Sooo, I have finished all your books and you know that feeling of “what happens next?” I’m there!
            I really liked your books a lot. I read your free prequel, then “The White Tower” which features Aryon, so I wondered if I should’ve read the other 2 books first. But, I think I agree, this was the best order to read them in. Must be interesting to be writing them in tandem!
            Thank you for the info on self publishing. I’m helping my daughter edit her book, so really looking for info for her.
            How’s the progress on the next book? 😉

          • Michael Wisehart

            Progress on the next book is slow at the moment. It will pick up after August, once all my re-editing is complete on The White Tower and it is republished as a 2nd edition. Once that is finished, I can devote all my time to the next book. I’m waiting for my alpha team to read through the first draft of Plague of Shadows and give me there feedback. I predict lots of re-writing for me on this book in the near future. 🙂

  10. Chester Hendrix

    Interesting interview. One theme seems to dominate – dedication to the project. It shows up not just in your creative work, but especially in your follow-up editing. As an author myself, I know how extremely difficult it is to go back to a manuscript and rewrite a scene that you thought was solid – only to have it picked apart by your beta readers, requiring a major overhaul. I’ve seen the results of this process in your work, and you have produced yeoman’s results.

    This from a rookie!

    Well done, sir. All your praise is richly deserved.

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    • Michael Wisehart

      Glowing praise indeed, stemming from one of those harsh beta readers who held my feet to the fire while blooding my nose when I deserved it 🙂

      My Beta Team deserves at least half the praise!

      Reply

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