The Rhode Island Authors Showcase is back! Each day in November, I’ll be featuring a different RI author. Each post features a giveaway – a book, an anthology, or something else! All you have to do to be eligible for the daily drawing is leave a comment on the blog post. I’ll use a random number generator to pick a winner one week after the blog post (to give you time to catch up).
By commenting on each post, you’re also entered to win our bigger prizes: GRAND PRIZE is a $250 Amazon gift card, BONUS PRIZE is a $100 Amazon gift card, and the CHEER UP YOU WON SOMETHING PRIZE is a $50 Amazon gift card. The big prizes will be chosen, again using a random number generator, on December 7.
Today I welcome my pal Mike Squatrito to the showcase. Besides being a successful author, Mike serves as president of our Association of Rhode Island Authors. I’ve got questions for him.
So, Mike, we all know you as Mike. But what name do you use as an author? I write using my given name, J. Michael Squatrito, Jr.
And where is your hometown? Tiverton, Rhode Island
What genre(s) do you write? Epic Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Sports Memoir
And what have you written? The Overlords fantasy series (Legend of the Treasure, 2006; The Talisman of Unification, 2007; Journey to Salvation, 2012; Mission of the Kings, 2019). My baseball memoir, Love Winning (2021).
Who are some of your favorite authors? Stephen King, Andy Weir
What were some of your favorite books growing up? The Hobbit, Lord of the Rings
What do you like best about writing? Being able to create a story that, hopefully, people can enjoy and escape in. Times are tough and my books provide an escape from reality.
What do find most challenging about writing? Staying focused and leaving social media behind! There’s always another task to do, another text to respond to, and another post to write. Carving out time to write can be a challenge.
Where do you draw your inspiration? I’ve always been a “Star Wars” guy and I love the universe where all my heroes are from. Those movies and books have always inspired me to write, as well as Lord of the Rings, “Game of Thrones,” and “The X-Files.” The Beatles were also a huge inspiration. I could see their music.
You’ve just been given the chance to collaborate on a book with Andy Weir. What’s the title going to be? Since Andy Weir writes science fiction and is an engineer like me, we collaborate on a book called First Contact. Stephen King would just laugh at my ideas!
Find out everything you ever wanted to know about Mike and his writing by visiting his website: http://www.MikeSquatrito.com
Follow him on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MikeSquatritoAuthor
On Twitter: https://twitter.com/Overlords
On Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mikesquatrito/
At LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/theoverlords/
Harrison Cross wishes nothing more than to help his hometown of Aegeus secure the land’s most sacred treasure, the bounty of the ancient Overlords known simply as the Treasure of the Land.The original Overlords vanished on one infamous day over 1,000 years ago leaving behind clues to their hidden treasure in the form of indestructible metallic plates and a map revealing a series of secret rooms.During their journey, Harrison and his friends face countless foes on their way to the sacred Seven Rooms, including the evil Scynthians who want nothing more than to eradicate the human race, and the ruthless and treasure-seeking Lord Nigel Hammer, governor of Concur and his large menacing army.Using the clues discovered along the way, the group must successfully navigate through the hidden mysteries of the sacred Seven Rooms in order to secure the land’s most elusive prize. Only then will their journey be a success. The question is, will they succeed?
Want to win a copy? Sure you do! Just fill in the blank: I would cross the desert, sail the ocean, and battle all foes to find _______________. (Go ahead, be creative!)