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Michael Alan Peck

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Philadelphia, PA, The United States




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I tell tales big and small. Life's magical, but it isn't always enough for a good story. So I make up the rest.

To me, it's not real until I've put it into story form, which means I repeat myself a lot. In fact, the phrase that passes my lips most often is, "I may have told you this before, but ..."

I've made my living writing about TV, its celebrities, and its past. (I used to pen a column called "Ask the Televisionary" for TV Guide.com.) I've also put food on the table reviewing restaurants, writing about travel, and doing SEO and content strategy.

Only the writing counts in the end.

I have a godawful memory, so I focus on the written word. I like to think that over time, I've gotten better at it--the writing, not the remembering. I forget im

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Michael Alan Peck It wasn't hard, Marie, but there's no question that it was a lot of hard work. As I'm sure you know, however, there's work and then there's work. The…moreIt wasn't hard, Marie, but there's no question that it was a lot of hard work. As I'm sure you know, however, there's work and then there's work. The second kind is the work you have to do, even if you don't enjoy it, while the first is a labor of love. And writing a book, for me, is most definitely the first kind. If it weren't, I wouldn't be able to do it.

I self-published my novel because I wanted as little as possible to come between me and the reader. When I was writing screenplays and trying to break into Hollywood, I was the last person in line in terms of influencing how my own creation would take shape. My agent and manager had more power than I did, as did the producers and many others in the food chain. So when I decided to write fiction, I was very happy to discover the self-publishing option.

With self-publishing, I'm able to hire the same editors and designers the publishing houses use, but there's one important distinction: I have final say over what ends up in the reader's hands. And that makes all the difference to me. When you journey to The Commons, you're seeing the world and its characters as I wrote them. If you love them, I've succeeded. If you don't, then at least I know I'm responsible for that and not someone who forced a change I didn't agree with.

That's my promise to you, the reader. What you see is what I created. And that's what keeps me creating more.(less)
Michael Alan Peck The world of The Commons has been gestating for years, starting way back in the '90s, when I took my first class (at New York's Gotham Writers…moreThe world of The Commons has been gestating for years, starting way back in the '90s, when I took my first class (at New York's Gotham Writers Workshop). I had no name for it and had only random pieces of the overall idea. When I moved to Los Angeles to try and break into TV writing and screenwriting, the idea became more fully fleshed out, and I developed it into a screenplay. My agent at the time loved it and got me a bunch of meetings, but it never sold.

That, as it turns out, was the best thing that could have happened with it. Years later, I went back to the idea of turning it into fiction. I went deeper into the questions I wanted to explore: Is dying the end of us? Is it the end of our ideas and creations, our dreams and our fantasies? If not, what happens to them? And what would happen if someone came along and highjacked the structure underlying the whole thing?

Soon I was off and running, and I quickly realized that this would not be a single book. Instead, I could create a world that was the fiction equivalent of Marvel Comics, where an initial trilogy could then be followed with standalone novels, short stories, graphic novels, and whatever else I could come up with.

The Journeyman is just the beginning, and I have so many ideas for the trilogy and beyond that right now, my biggest challenge is simply organizing them. I know where it's going, in terms of the big picture. But I think I'll surprise even myself as I work it into its final version. If I get it right, the reader will be as excited about it as I am.(less)
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Ambient/drone music and Moodstar incense are the fuel of The Commons. When I hear and breathe those things, I know it’s time to get on the word count.

Kyle Bobby Dunn is one of my mainstays when writing, and I can’t say enough about his work. Enjoy.

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