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Michael Okon is an award-winning and best-selling author of multiple genres including paranormal, thriller, horror, action/adventure and self-help. He graduated from Long Island University with a degree in English, and then later received his MBA in business and finance. Coming from a family of writers, he has storytelling is his DNA. Michael has been writing from as far back as he can remember, his inspiration being his love for films and their impact on his life. From the time he saw The Goonies, he was hooked on the idea of entertaining people through unforgettable characters.

Michael is a lifelong movie buff, a music playlist aficionado, and a sucker for self-help books. He lives on the North Shore of Long Island with his wife and children.

His latest book is Monsterland.

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Would you call yourself a born writer?

I think I was writing in the womb, so yes.

What was your inspiration for Monsterland?

My son and I were watching an 80s & 90s movie marathon one weekend in 2015. It was the classics, The Goonies, Gremlins, Back to the Future, Jurassic Park, etc…and it literally popped into my head, why isn’t there a theme park with zombies. I called my brother immediately and told him my idea. He told me no, it has to be a theme park with werewolves, vampires AND zombies. I started beating out the story that night.

What themes do you like to explore in your writing?

I’m a sucker for conspiracy things. What would happen if those theories rung true? I also love exploring political and social commentaries about issues that are plaguing out times.  You will find a lot of current issues in Monsterland.

How long did it take you to complete the novel?

A little over 3 weeks. No joke.

Are you disciplined? Describe a typical writing day.

Yes, extremely. Research and development is all day. When I’m learning about my subject, Google and Amazon are my best friends. I literally buy and read everything I can get my hands on each subject.  I play with my kids in the evening, eat dinner, tuck them in, then tuck in my wife and I write every night until my eyes go.

What did you find most challenging about writing this book?

Truthfully, nothing. I loved writing Monsterland. I’m already on book 3, and beating out the stories for book 4.

What do you love most about being an author?

Being a universe builder. When writing a book I am creating an entire world that I will be inviting the reader into. I love that.

Did you go with a traditional publisher, small press, or did you self publish? What was the process like and are you happy with your decision?

It’s a long story, so I’ll give you the short answer. I originally self-published Monsterland in 2015. Fast forward two years later, I have a literary agent, an entertainment attorney, a film agent, a publicist, interest from a huge movie producer, and a two-book publishing deal with WordFire Press. I seemed to have caught lightning in a bottle six times in the past couple years, and I could not be happier. I cannot wait to see what happens in the next two years.

Where can we find you on the web?

www.michaelokon.com

@IAmMichaelOKon

Facebook.com/IAmMichaelOkon

 

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