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Michael D. Dennis, a poet, author and playwright, holds an English literature degree from Loyola Marymount University. He achieved acclaim as the recipient of an LMU Playwriting Award for his work Death of a Watchdog and saw his play Hen in the Field brought to life at the Whitefire Theatre in 2012. Residing in Los Angeles, California, with his wife and two children, Dennis continues to craft captivating stories for audiences worldwide.
What book are you working on now?
After publishing this book of poetry, I’m working on my novel, Lonely Riders that is set to release on Ocean Street Press in April 2024.
What are your current projects?
My next novel being released in 2024 is my main focus after publishing MrDeadletters Vol. I. I am doing an audiobook version as well of my upcoming novel that I am recording in my own voice. So, that’s exciting and also challenging to stay true to the words.
Do you see writing as a career?
Definitely! I’ve pretty much quit my day job… ha! To be a full-time writer.
Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
I liked writing love poems and songs on post it notes for my girlfriends when I was really young. That kind of evolved into short stories. And now I’m publishing my second novel, so I’ve come a long way from the post-it-note poems.
Who designed the covers?
Jamie Keenan in the UK designed both of my novels. He is the best book cover designer in the world, in my opinion. I feel so lucky to have worked with him and to have his artwork on my novels. For my book of poetry, my good friend and incredible tattoo artist Austin Maples designed my iconic ‘MrDeadletters’ logo that’s featured on the front of the book.
What was the hardest part of writing your book?
Finding the time! In addition to being a writer, I’m also a husband and very involved dad to my two beautiful children, Finn and Nova.
Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
Always. Every time I write I uncover something inside my own unconscious. It’s not always something I want to know, but I’m grateful for the awareness of it. Writing a novel let’s you reflect on all the experiences that inspired it, and also the time you took to write it and the things you were experiencing in your life at that time. It’s a trip in so many ways.
Do you have any advice for other writers?
Write as much as you can. Whenever you think something is brilliant keep going. The flow of writing is just as important as living your life full of wild adventure.
Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
Thank you! I love you for also keeping me inspired. And buying my books of course.
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