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Scott Larson

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Come and join me at The Cult of Me

I’m trying something new. Michael Brooks is an author of horror, science fiction and fantasy—when he’s not working on cool video games for a major UK developer—and he came up with a great idea. He’s featuring other bloggers on his web site—even me! To let me return the favor, he has been gracious enough to do a post for this lowly web site. So with no further ado, here’s Michael…

I started my blog in the summer of 2012 when I released my first novel (also called The Cult of Me). Initially I used the blog solely for promoting my writing and a large part of the blog remains dedicated to that purpose. However I soon discovered what friendly and helpful community the indie authors and readers are. They all helped me get started on that journey of becoming an author and I haven’t looked back since.

Having learned about this new community (well new to me at any rate!) I wanted to give something back, so I started hosting guest author interviews on my blog, a feature that continues every Monday and Friday with a new interview with a fiction author. You can see the full list of interviews here and as you can see I welcome authors from all genres:

Since then I’ve started other features to showcase other authors, in the Tuesday Tease an excerpt from a selected book is posted along with a bio of the author, you can see the latest tease here:

Last year I started a monthly short fiction contest open to everyone. Each month I pick a picture that is then used as inspiration for the stories entered into the competition. The story should be no longer than 500 words and unlike many competitions of this type there is no entry fee. The winner wins a £50 Amazon gift card, there’s also prizes for second and third place.

The latest author spotlight feature on the blog is the Friday Poem. Each week I feature a new poem, you can read the latest here:

As well as writing novels, I’m also a keen drabblist, a drabblist is someone who writes drabbles. Drabbles are stories that are exactly 100 words. I also enjoy writing short stories, you can find many of these on the blog as well as details for my books.

Thanks for reading and I hope you’ll join me on my blog, comments on posts are always welcome!

-M.B., 10 October 2014

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