09 May, 2015

#Interview with Michael Pang, #Author of In The Eyes of Madness


About the Author:

Project manager by profession but modern Renaissance man by nature, Michael Pang has dabbled in many different areas in his career. From working with steam turbines to eventually switching into the world of IT, his plethora of experience highlights his personality – he’s a person always searching for more knowledge.

Michael was born in Hong Kong in 1983. His family immigrated to San Francisco when he was three and eventually landed in Florida. After graduating from high school, Michael gained his degree in Mechanical Engineering from Georgia Tech. Despite his currently demanding work schedule, Michael is very involved in activities at his local Project Management Institute Chapter where he fulfills his passion for teaching as the Vice President of Education. But, his desire to serve and help others doesn’t end there, he’s an avid Christian and very active in his local church. He loves kids, with two daughters of his own with his lovely wife, and volunteers at children’s church in his ministry.

He speaks fluent Cantonese and Mandarin and in his free time enjoys reading, writing, eating, cooking, playing music, dancing, singing, and watching musicals. One of his mottos is “Everyday that he hasn’t learned something new is a day wasted.”


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Interview with the Author:

When did you first realize that you wanted to be a writer/ a storyteller?
I guess, I’ve always had a very active imagination and wanted to write.  However, I never actually sat down and took the time to do it until my wife had encouraged me.  I guess in a way, its kind of intimidating to know that others will finally see what weirdo I am.

What inspires you to write?
It might sound strange, but…dreams.  Everyone has dreams, but most people forget what they dream about when they wake up the next morning.  However, sometimes you get dreams that are just so intriguing that they get stuck in your mind.  I have those sometimes, and when I wake, I would always try to force myself back to sleep to continue the dream.  Sometimes, it works, sometimes it doesn’t.  When it doesn’t, I always say to myself, “I wonder what would happen next.” My mind would start to daydream throughout the day of possible subsequent scenarios and possible endings.  That’s actually how my first novel, IN THE EYES OF MADNESS, came about.

Tell us about your writing process.
I always try to outline the entire story to see if can imagine where it will all go first.  Even for book series, I try to outline what the overall story would be, then break it up into books.  And then I would go back and create a new detailed outline for the specific book that I would start with.

What is your favorite scene in the book? Why?
My favorite part in the book (without giving too much away as a spoiler) is the scene where Declan comes to a realization about his own state of mind and what he can really do.  That feeling of being free from all the baggage that he had been carrying for 10 years, made me leap a little bit as I was writing it.  I’m sure that there is always something about yourself that you are self conscious of or you don’t like (whether it is something that has happened in your past or something about yourself physically).  And sometimes, you can get obsessed about it so much that it consumes you. But learning to like yourself for who you are and how you got there is probably one of the most freeing experiences of your life.

Did any of your characters inherit some of your own quirks?
Yes, I think there is always a little bit of myself in every character of my book.  The way that Declan is constantly talking to himself and being so lost in a flashback that people have to constantly snap him out of it is definitely one of my quirks.  And as it so happens, I think my first born also has that quirk.  The faith and trust the Keira places on God, is probably something that I work very hard towards attaining.  The way that Aunt Jenny strict with Declan, and all the while Uncle Roy’s unconditional love are the balance that I’m always trying to work into my parenting style. The way that Caleb just wants to break free from everything he was raised to know when he goes off to college, was definitely something that I had experienced in my teen years (I mean, who hasn’t’).  

What is your most interesting writing quirk?
I think that my most interesting writing quirk is that I like to reveal stories about how the characters became who they are today through a series of back flashes that are strewn throughout the book.

What is the best piece of advice you have received, as a writer, till date?
As my wife was reading some of my first drafts, I kept hearing sighs and grunts.  And I ask her what was her deal, and she told me “Don’t just flat out tell the readers what is going on all the time, you have flirt with them.”

What is the best piece of advice you would give to someone that wants to get into writing?
Don’t be afraid of what others will think of you based upon your writing.  Just write whatever comes to your minds and let yourself free.

If you were to be stranded on the famous deserted island, what three things would you carry?
1.     A very good knife (like the one Bear Grills has)
2.     Flint (fire is a must, and I simply do not have the patience to rub sticks to start the fire)
3.     Extremely durable boots (can’t imagine traversing any type of terrain other than carpet or wood floors without some sort of foot protection)

How do you spend your free time? Do you have a favorite place to go and unwind?
Free time?  What’s that? Honestly, if I have free time during the day, I’d just want to spend some time to play with my kids or catch up on some of my favorite TV shows with my wife.

What do you have in store next for your readers?
Well, I’m working toward getting book 2 of the Peter Declan Chronicles series.  In book two, we’ll learn more about what training will be like for the two leads, more secrets about the Declan, Tristan, and Zoe’s parents, and finally what is the true end game.

About the Book:

A near tragic incident at the hands of his psychotic mother left Declan Peters alone and with so many questions. 

Years later, Declan is determined to find a way to be closer to his mother and takes a job at the institution where she's being held. That fateful decision will be the impetus for a chain of events so terrifying that Declan will question his own grasp on reality. 

What he finds will be more horrifying than anything he's ever experienced and more dangerous than anything he's yet known. In a place, rife with demonic possession and sadistic beings, will Declan finally be able to find the answers he's longed for before its too late or will he succumb to the evil forces that inhabit the institution and all who live there?




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