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Mike HartnerMike Hartner is a father, son, author, patriot, geek (ret), and husband.

His love of all things genealogical led him to writing, and writing has now led him to fiction and a large epic saga.

He lives in Vancouver, BC with his wife and son.

His latest book is the historical romance, I, Walter.

Visit his website at www.accidentalauthor.ca.

About the Book:

This is the life story of Walter Crofter, an English commoner who ran from home at the age of 11.  After two years living on the street, he ended up on a Merchant Mariners boat in the service of the Crown.

On his first voyage, he rescued a girl from pirates.  A very important girl, who stole his heart before she was returned to her home.

This is the story of his life.  What adventures he had at sea; what took him off the waters, and what happened to him as he lived his life and stayed true to his character.

Purchase your copy at AMAZON.

I, WalterWould you call yourself a born writer? 

No. I’ve been a lot of things: mathematician, computer geek, programmer, desktop publisher, genealogist and now Author.

What was your inspiration for I, Walter

I started trying to write a 20c story about a pair of young adults. When that didn’t quite measure up either to my standards or my editors, we switched gears. He asked me to take one aspect of the story as far back as I could, and when I did, we found Walter Crofter.  Turns out that his story is the first in a series, and that is why the 20c story was not published.  It needs to be re-worked, but also put in its proper order.

What themes do you like to explore in your writing?

I think one of the biggest themes I try to present is that each individual is different, and that everybody has their own crosses to bear in life.

How long did it take you to complete the novel?  

About a year, after I started writing Walter exclusively.

Are you disciplined?

Describe a typical writing day.  My writing always takes a back seat to being a husband and father.   Most of my writing is done late at night and early in the morning before everyone gets up.

What did you find most challenging about writing this book?  

Experiencing Gerald, and the truly awful things people can do to each other.

What do you love most about being an author?

The ability to create from nothing.  My muse keeps reminding me that this story is my own.  That it was created totally from my own mind.  I beg to differ with that statement.  My writing is more transcription.  I listened to a character in my mind that is Walter Crofter.  Right now, I’m listening to his son James, and a Scotsman named Angus.  The two are vying for who is book two and who is book three.

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?   

I self-published, and I’m immensely happy with my decision.  Yes, it would be very rewarding to have a five-to-six figure advance, and all the publicity machinery in the world.  But, let’s be realistic.. that doesn’t often happen for first time writers.  And then there is the wait period.  I’m pretty sure the waiting process would see me tearing out what hair I have left.

Where can we find you on the web?

http://www.accidentalauthor.ca for the book, http://www.mikehartner.com for my website, http://ow.ly/mINto for my Amazon sales page.

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