#033: Michael David Wilson – ’The Girl in the Video,’ creating your own opportunities, and confronting your fears.
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Michael David Wilson is the founder of the popular UK horror website, podcast, and small press, This Is Horror. He's a professional writer, editor, and podcaster, and has worked for such companies as 2000 ADTerrorizer, and Broken River Books. His brand-new novella, The Girl in the Video will be published via Perpetual Motion Machine Publishing on 28 April 2020, with a second novella, House of Bad Memories, to be published by Grindhouse Press in 2021.

Michael's work has appeared in numerous other publications including The NoSleep PodcastDark Moon DigestLitReactorHawk & Cleaver’s The Other Stories, and Scream. He is also a professional ESL Teacher and graduate of the University of Warwick’s English Literature and Creative Writing Programme. 

In this episode we go deep into:

  • How Michael cut his teeth with writing
  • Putting your money where your mouth is as a writer
  • Using challenges to keep yourself motivated in writing
  • Sharing the gift of storytelling with those younger than you to pass the torch
  • The power of building the writing habit
  • The difference between writing, and writing-tangential activities
  • Tips for receiving free games, writing journalistic columns, and exercising entrepreneurship
  • How changing diet and exploring health laid foundations for building writing habits
  • Not having to wait for luck, taking ownership of your life, and creating your own opportunities
  • The journey that led to the inception of This Is Horror and its following success
  • Confronting your fears
  • The first few weeks of This Is Horror
  • Mental health and how that can affect your writing
  • The more you do things, the easier they become
  • Taking time to recharge when you need to, and prioritizing your health
  • Giving yourself permission to not be okay
  • How ’The Girl in the Video’ came to be born
  • Leaning towards hybrid and finding the rewards of both sides of publishing
  • Utilizing the bookstagram community to deliver a cover reveal
  • What impact Michael wants to have from his writing.

Michael answers questions from Patrons:

  • Ian J. Middleton:  are there any common mistakes you see from first time horror writers when it comes to short stories and novels?

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Special thanks to:

Intro vocals: Persephone Rose

Show theme: Karl Hughes

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