Spirit science. General fiction. Children’s books. An environmental Picture book. A post apocalyptic trilogy.
Just a fraction of the output of this weeks author/ illustrator.
He also has the most ingenious solution to the Mars Conundrum yet (See Q. 2).
Good people of the Internet, writing out of Hamilton, Ontario – Michael Poeltl
Name one book:
1 – everyone should read
The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon translated from its original Spanish. It has everything you want from a book, and as an author, I really relished his story-telling and, honestly, wish I’d written that book.
2 – you would take with you if you were going to be marooned on Mars
Something soulful I think. A book that offers mind/body exercises to do on the red planet besides contemplating throwing myself off Olympus Mons. Quantum Healing by Deepak Chopra comes to mind. An opportunity to meditate on the quantum world and help you focus enough to achieve a level of awareness where I could eventually blink myself off of Mars.
3 – you took a chance on and were pleasantly surprised by
Again, Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón because he’s a Spanish author whose work was translated. A story I wish I had written. Deep, purposeful and haunting. Beautifully written.
4 – you’ve written that is your favourite
All of my books are my children, but I do have a very personal connection to Her Past’s Present; a story which involves past lives (of which I have endured on the hypnotic regression table myself). It offers a purposeful storyline which could assist in a reader’s own attempt at overcoming a personal struggle, while offering an intriguing tale to take them from point A to B.
5 – that has influenced you most as a person
That’s a tough one. I’ve taken away a lot from every book I’ve ever read, but The Buddhist Book of Living and Dying probably most affected me on a spiritual level. It changed the way I think about living my life and the issues I write about.
6 – that has influenced you most as a professional
I read multiple genres and enjoy each for what they bring to the table. That said, I often find myself writing without a genre in mind – writing what I want to read. To name a book which has most affected me professionally would not be fair to the others.
7 – of yours that prospective readers should start with if they want to get to know your work and where they can get it.
I think Her Past’s Present sums up the meat of what I like to write about, but because The Judas Syndrome; book one of a dystopian trilogy was my first, I think it may be a tie. Both are dark with a deep sense of purpose driving them for the main and supporting characters.
You can find Michael at: www.mikepoeltl.com
Michael Poeltl is the author of nine books of varying genres and is currently working on his first sci-fi work due to be published early 2018. He is forever grateful to his readership who take the time to pick up one of his books and offer a mindful review or recommend them to their friends and family.
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