DO YOU with Brianne Hogan

Writing Sci Fi, Getting Rid of the Ewoks, and Being a Scully with Author Mike Chen

April 18, 2022 brianne hogan Season 1 Episode 19
DO YOU with Brianne Hogan
Writing Sci Fi, Getting Rid of the Ewoks, and Being a Scully with Author Mike Chen
Show Notes

Are you curious about what it's really like to be a working author? Do you have a fascination with sci-fi and consider yourself a Scully over a Mulder? Then you'll definitely want to listen to this week's episode with Mike Chen. 

Mike Chen is a critically acclaimed science fiction author based out of the San Francisco Bay Area. His debut novel HERE AND NOW AND THEN was a finalist for the Goodreads Choice, CALIBA Golden Poppy, and Compton Crook awards. His other novels include A BEGINNING AT THE END, WE COULD BE HEROES, LIGHT YEARS FROM HOME, and STAR WARS: BROTHERHOOD. He has also contributed to the STAR WARS: FROM A CERTAIN POINT OF VIEW anthology and covers geek culture for sites like Nerdist, StarTrek.com, and The Mary Sue. In previous lives, Mike worked as a sports journalist covering the NHL, and as a DJ, musician, and aerospace engineer. He lives with his wife, daughter, and many rescue animals.

In this episode, we discuss: 

  • His path from engineer grad to journalist to published author 
  • How he landed his agent and got his first novel published 
  • The running theme in his writing (hint: it's connected to his childhood and it's pretty much what every writer/artist does)
  • His love passion for all things geekdom, including his favorite Star Wars character and why he's a Scully over a Mulder
  • His advice for aspiring novelists 
  • The financial truth of being a published author 
  • Emailing Wayne Gretzky

On the Patreon account, he shares:

  • How he tackles the first act while drafting his novel and why he needs to spend the most time on it before he's able to move forward in his writing process 
  • His first draft advice

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