Friday, April 1, 2011

I Need Friends Friday: Michael Young

(Every Friday I interview a different person and share that interview with you. Perhaps they will be a fellow author. Perhaps one of my neighbors. Maybe the bagger at the grocery store. A member of my family. A follower of this blog. Maybe it will be you! Hey, it could happen.)

Today's INFF guest is yet another of the fantastic Man Cave Authors. Michael Young "is a graduate of Brigham Young University with a degree in German Teaching and a minor in Music. ...
"His first book, The Canticle Kingdom, was released in Feb 2010 through Bonneville Books. Is is also the author of the inspiration short story "Portrait of a Mother". He has also had work featured in various online and print magazines such as Mindflights, The New Era, Allegory, and Ensign."
He can be found at his website,!

SME: Alright! Welcome to INFF!

Michael Young: Thanks for having me.

SME: I have made a goal for myself to eventually interview all the man cave authors, because that would make me cool.

Michael Young: I'll second that. I'm sure they would all be up to it.

SME: As of this interview, I'm 60% there!

Michael Young: That's right. I was just talking to Jason today about it.

SME: He totally rocked it last week!

Michael Young: He told me it was his favorite interview.

SME: Yes. My very good friend Jason. He has such exceptionally good taste. Very discerning.
Of course, he did hint at bringing a quilting stand into the man cave. I don't know about that.

Michael Young: Woah, I'm going to have to nip that in the bud.

SME: So what item would you contribute to the ideal man cave?

Michael Young: I would say one of those mini-fridges at arm's length. Then I could get a cold drink and keep writing.

SME: I can totally support that. And Jason could refresh himself between quilting bees (just kidding, Jason!)

Michael Young: For some reason I always write with a drink. Often a cold soda or a tall glass of water does the trick.

SME: I hear ya. I have this super-enormous water bottle that is always close at hand. It even travels with me to the library, etc. when I'm writing away from home.

Michael Young: I don't usually eat when I write though. Something about crumbs on the keyboard.

SME: So this past weekend I was at a Seagull Book doing a signing and there on the shelf right next to me was a certain Mother's Day book by a certain Michael Young. Hello!! That was pretty much the coolest coincidence.

Michael Young: So cool! That must have been "Portrait of a Mother". Good to know that Seagull is carrying it.
It was the winning contest entry for Cedar Fort's last Mother's Day contest. They did a really nice job of making it look good.

SME: It sure was. And I will tell you this *looks around covertly* I saw a bunch of people grab copies of it and say something along the lines of, "This will be perfect for Mother's Day!"

Michael Young: Really? That's great. That is the plan. I'm trying to get in to do a signing at the BYU Women's Conference which just happens to be the week before Mother's Day. I think that would be the perfect storm.

SME: Yeah it would.
Do you have any other projects on the radar?

Michael Young: Yes, my next release is coming out on July 14th of this year. It is called "The Last Archangel," It is a YA Urban Fantasy, with a main character who is a fallen angel who has been slapped with Destroying Angel duty until the End of the World.

SME: Awesome!

Michael Young: And I have an entry doing very well in the Amazon Breakout Novel Award contest. Crossing my fingers for that.

SME: And best of luck to you on ABNA!

Michael Young: Thanks, I made the first two cuts. It went from 5,000 down to 250, and I'm still alive. Here's hoping.

SME: *fingers crossed*

Michael Young: Thank you. That would be a really nice boost for my writing career.

SME: So... traditional INFF question: What's your favorite continent?

Michael Young: I love Europe. I was a missionary in Germany and just love everything about it. I'm big into castles and cathedrals and history, etc. I don't think that's too much of a stretch to imagine for a fantasy writer.

SME: Not at all. I happen to be fond of Europe myself, though it's a very long-distance fondness, having never been. Someday, though. Someday!

Michael Young: Jump at the chance if you get it. It's a great place to stir up ideas for writing. I included some of the places I visited in my first book.

SME: My husband and I are planning a trip to England & Scotland for our 15th Anniversary. Very excited! (Though it is still a couple years away)

Michael Young: That's a great idea. I'd love to take my wife back there someday. I need a really successful book though so that I can afford it.

SME: I hear ya. This is why we've been saving for quite a while and still need a few more years to get there. Ah, the life of a starving author.
I have a fantastic game for us to play, if you're interested!

Michael Young: I'm game.

SME: Pun intended?

Michael Young: But of course.

SME: niiiice
Today just so happens to be April Fool's Day... so I've created a fabulous April Fool's Game. I'll ask you 3 questions related to April Fools, pick the right answer from among the 3 choice and you win!

Michael Young: All right, sounds good.

SME: Question #1: Which of the following is NOT an actual holiday close to April 1st which also celebrates merriment & craziness?
A) Hilaria, an ancient Roman Holiday involving masquerades and general good cheer
B) Holi, a Hindu holiday, known as the festival of colors, involves general merrymaking and loosening of social norms
C) Sarah Eden's birthday, an occasion for all out happiness and celebration

Michael Young: Phew, that's a hard one.
I'm going to guess, Sarah Eden's birthday.

SME: This is usually the point where I tell you if you were right, but this being an April Fool's Day quiz, I'm going to wait and tell you at the end. heeheehee

Michael Young: I suppose in the spirit of things, its for the best.

SME: Question #2: Which of the following is NOT a notable April Fool's Day hoax from the past?
a) BBC reported a bumper spaghetti crop in Switzerland, complete with video footage of happy peasants picking strands of spaghetti from trees
b) Taco Bell announcing it had purchased the liberty bell and would be renaming it the "Taco Liberty Bell"
c) Burger King announcing its new "Left-Handed Whopper" designed to drip condiments from the right side of the burger rather than the left for those who eat left-handed

Michael Young: Somehow I can see the fast food chains doing those things. I'm going to have to go with the BBC hoax. Though I know the Brits do have a great sense of humor.

SME: Okay, Question #3: (heehee) This quiz represents the very essence of April Fools because...
A) every answer was correct
B) None of the answers were wrong
C) All of the above

Michael Young: Where's my dunce cap? I should have seen it coming!

SME: I kill me. *wipes away a tear of laughter* But, in recognition of your good sportsmanship, I will crown you INFF Champ for the week!!
An SME FYI - [So, all 3 of those holidays occur near April 1st and are meant to be fun and all 3 hoaxes were done on April Fool's Days goneby]

Michael Young: All right! Now if only you could figure out how to email a crown.
Or perhaps a jester's hat.

SME: Perhaps a jester's hat with a crown?!

Michael Young: The King of Fools!
King of Jesters and Jester to Kings

SME: So now it's time for our weekly trip to the stick-figure portrait gallery to see your portrait!

Michael Young: I can't wait.

*draws, draws, draws*

Michael Young: Awesome! It's very slimming.

SME: I gave you an ultra comfortable pair of leather slippers to wear in the man cave.

Michael Young: That's perfect.

SME: Well, I guess that brings us to the final question of the interview. Top 5 reasons this is the best blog interview you ever done. Ready. Go.

Michael Young: 1. I look good as a stick figure.
2. You've got this fancy, cool chatroom. [SME FYI: the chatroom where the INFF interviews are conducted is not only ultra-secret it is uber-cool!]
3. April Fool's trivia
4. Witty and charming hostess
5. Giving a shout out to the Man Cave.

SME: Man Cave! (That was my shout out!)

Michael Young: And all the times you mentioned it earlier, but the shout is appreciated. I think the shout is echoing.

SME: Thanks for being my INFF friend, Michael. See if you can't talk it up enough to get Mr. Frank Cole and Mr. David J West to mosey on over. (Like how I used Mr. so it sounds really professional?!)

Michael Young: Sounds great. Then we could have a post and link all of our interviews to it in the cave.

SME: Score! *cue exit music* Well, this has been "I Need Friends" Friday. Come back next week when I will make another friend!!

If you'd like to be interviewed for "I Need Friends" Friday, shoot me off an email: friends at sarahmeden dot com!
I am looking for anyone and everyone, whether or not you think you are interesting. You'll get a fantastic stick figure portrait of yourself, a little promotion (if you're looking for that sort of thing) and the opportunity to tell your friends and family that you've been interviewed by SME, er... by ME!


Rachel Rossano said...

Love it! And I am the first commenter, even cooler. Great interview!

Dan said...

Reading this interview made me laugh so hard! I loved it.

Thank you for your shout outs, Sarah!

Angie said...

Love the April Fools Day trivia. Sorry I missed reading it on Friday. Great interview. Michael is a terrific author.


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