Title: Covert Dreams
Author: Michael Meyer
Date of Publication: June 1st, 2012
Length: 340 pages
Hi Mike! Its such a pleasure to have you here! Welcome to my blog. To start the interview, first tell us something about yourself.
That's enviable! You traveled a lot! So, now lets talk about your book and writing. When did you first know that you wanted to be an author? Did you always want to be one?
How did you come up with the idea behind "Covert Dreams"?
Is any of the characters/incidents in your book influenced by real life people or circumstances?
What was the biggest challenge while writing the book?
Did you ever suffer writer's block? If yes, what did you do to get over it?
What were your feelings when you first saw the finished copy of your book?
Are you completely satisfied with your writing or would you like to change something in your story, given a chance?
Why did you choose this particular genre to write about? Who are your target readers?
Okay! I'd now love to hear a few things about you. To start with, is writing your full time profession?
When you're not writing what do you do to relax?
What’s the schedule of a typical day for you?
If your book is adopted for a movie, which actors would you like to play the characters of your story?
You said you love reading. So what are your favourite books?
What are you reading currently?
What is your advice for aspiring writers?
Just for curiosity, if you’re ever deserted in an island alone, which 5 books would you pick to carry along with you? And why?
Are you working on any other book now?
Thank you so much, Mike. I loved the chat with you. And lots of good wishes for your book. :)
Topic: How did you decide the setting of your novel?
Written by: Michael Meyer
People often ask me how I selected the settings for my international thriller COVERT DREAMS. I got the traveling bug early in life, and it has stayed with me all these years. I love to travel internationally at least once a year. I have been a student overseas, and I have taught at universities overseas. I have visited, and know well, all of the locales in COVERT DREAMS, London, Rome, and the two major locales of Munich and Saudi Arabia. I have been to Munich so many times that I know it like the back of my hand. I can practically move about blindfolded and find my way. I love that city! As for Saudi Arabia, I was a professor for two years at the University of Petroleum and Minerals in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia. I literally traveled all over the Middle East. The local color drawn in the book is real. I was there. I lived in both major settings. Authenticity is in all of the local color portrayed in COVERT DREAMS. Boisterous Munich and the mysterious burning sands of Saudi Arabia are portrayed in all their splendor, glory, mystery, and secrecy.
I have always been intrigued by the relationship the United States has had with Saudi Arabia, one of the most restrictive societies in the world, where I have been personal witness to the fact that life here and life there is as different as being on two separate planets. What we take here for a given is nearly always a no-no there. It is as if our two cultures come from completely different worlds, so the interaction between the two fascinates me and makes for a good suspenseful read.
The area of parapsychology has always intrigued me, and where better to deal with something such as this than in a very hidden-from-the-rest-of-the-world location. The live and let live boisterousness of Munich, coupled with the religious zeal of mysterious Arabia, enhanced by government intrigue – and the plot just seemed to thicken, drawing me into it as I wrote, without my ever knowing precisely where or how it would end, but loving every minute of it. I was like a reader as I wrote. It was as if I were back in the two locations I have experienced so well in my real life.
The sites of London, the glory of Rome, the ebullience of Munich, and the mysteries of Saudi Arabia—the locations are all presented authentically since I have personally visited and /or lived in all of them.