MICHAEL ROBERTSON is a writer of dark post apocalyptic fiction, horror, and science fiction. He’s been writing for over fifteen years and has been published in several anthologies and magazines, as well as being published by HarperCollins.
His most poplar series is his Crash series. It’s a dark look at the apocalypse, brought about by financial collapse rather than a zombie plague. Although his next book The Alpha Plague, is a much more traditional post apocalyptic story inspired by 28 Days Later.
He has plans for several science fiction books and is currently writing the first draft of New Reality 3: Fear, which will finish off his New Reality series.
As a father of two young children, he writes when he can, which is mostly before they get up and after they’ve gone to bed.
He loves reading, writing, watching movies, and spending time with his family.
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Do you have a fave character to write?
I like writing Dean in Crash. He’s horrible.
Who is your favorite character?
Begbie from Trainspotting
If you could meet one character
from your writing,who would it be?
Gina in New Reality. She’s cool.
If you could meet a favorite character
from another author’s writing
who would it be and why?
Pi from the life of Pi. He tells good stories.
Do any of your characters reflect anyone you know?
Is there anything else you’d like
the reader to know about your characters?
What is the hardest review or criticism you’ve
had about your writing and how
did you deal with it?
Crash has received a lot of personal attacks suggesting things about my character. I feel the hurt of every negative review and then rationalise it. I can’t appeal to everyone and it is only an opinion of a stranger. They’re entitled to that. If the same things are said over and over, I have to acknowledge that. Although I’m my own biggest critic so I often agree with the negative comments.
Is there anything else you’d
like the reader to know about
you as a writer?
No, I think it comes through in my work. If I’m writing horror, I write what upsets me. I have quite a stark view on things sometimes. Although I don’t get depressed. I actually live with a lot of hope in my heart.
Which one of your publications will
you be sharing in this interview?
The Alpha Plague.
Why did you choose this one?
Because it’s my most recent work.
What do you think and feel
about this publication?
My latest book is always my favourite and then I hate it about a month later.
How did you decide on the title?
I spoke to a group of friends who shouted random things at me until one made sense.
Talk to us about your cover.
The Alpha Plague has been designed by Dusty Crosley. He’s a great guy and artist. I’ve learned that when it comes to covers, it’s good to set expectation with something appropriate to the genre rather than going for something super arty.
Is your book born purely of imagination?
Everything I write has its roots in reality. It’s then spun into a story. Inasmuch as I use every conversation, watch how people interact…
Are any of the scenes or storylines in your book real life experiences?
Thank you, Michael, for visiting with us today.
Rhys is an average guy who works an average job in Summit City—a purpose built government complex on the outskirts of London.
The Alpha Tower stands in the centre of the city. An enigma, nobody knows what happens behind its dark glass.
Rhys is about to find out.
At ground zero and with chaos spilling out into the street, Rhys has the slightest of head starts. If he can remain ahead of the pandemonium, then maybe he can get to his loved ones before the plague does.
The Alpha Plague is a post-apocalyptic survival thriller.