Today, we welcome author, Michael Chulsky to the blog as part of the blog tour for his book The Descending Darkness! Take it away, Michael and congrats on the new book! xoxo
Earliest Writing Memory
I’m here with the extremely talented K.B. Miller, author of the Moon Coven Series, to talk about my earliest writing memory.
For as long as I can remember, I’ve always had an active imagination. In fact, if you were to travel back in time and talk to some people from my past, they’d say I have an OVERactive imagination – but that’s beside the point. I always let my imagination carry me to different places and while it certainly kept me entertained…it often got me into trouble.
In fourth grade, I was placed into the class of a new teacher. And since I was quite a handful, she wasn’t quite experienced enough to teach me. Long story short, my parents got involved and the principals were trying to decide where to place me. I knew exactly where I wanted to go. I had a reading teacher named Mrs. Becker. I brought it up and they asked her if she would have me. She couldn’t believe that I was “causing trouble” for another teacher and even though she already had quite a full class, she told them she’d love to have me.
The thing about Mrs. Becker is that she was very wise and she always seemed to know how exactly to handle me and my imagination. She never raised her voice or anything like that. It was just that she had patience and the ability to communicate properly with her students. And it’s for that reason why I remember her so fondly today.
One of Mrs. Becker’s techniques to help with my creativity overload was that she allowed me to make a sort of mini-class newspaper. It wasn’t a huge distribution or anything – I would take like five or six sheets of paper, come up with a silly headline and some fun articles. During our break time, she would let me pass it around and the classmates, who wanted to read it, would. Seeing them laugh and have fun reading my work is the seed that slowly cultivated into my desire to become an author. I realized that I could make people happy through my work and I never wanted to stop.
After going from demon hunter to babysitter, seventeen-year-old SHADOW has truly hit rock bottom. One week he’s slaughtering demons, and the next he has ten super-powered teenagers in his care. Shadow needs them, because without them he can’t hope to defeat his new foe. But he’s never dealt with other teenagers before. He never had a real childhood. He’s always been a loner. Hell, he’s tried the whole having-a-pet thing. It died.
Shadow’s mission: save the world and ensure his entire team survives the potential apocalypse. If MAEDARA, self-proclaimed fashionista and Queen of Evil, wasn’t trying to rule the world, it’d be cake. Now, not only does Shadow have to deal with teens more concerned with going to the mall than fighting evil, but also a villain who, in his opinion, makes Lady Gaga look like Mother Theresa.
As always, until next time...