Interview with Michael Anthony Gill-Branion

Hello Everyone!

We are delighted to have author Michael Anthony Gill-Branion amongst us today at Musikdiv India Online Magazine at our Special ‘Authors Festival’ interview series to tell us about his new book Tales of The Forgotten Prince !
Please read on …

ONE LINER: “Kung Fu” needs “Excalibur”

LOG LINE: An ancient prince, lost in a world where he is an enemy to most, unravels the mysteries of his past as he survives an epic quest.

PITCH: What happens when a marshal from an extinct autonomous order tries to redeem himself by defeating the slayer of the gods.

So William, we’ll start your Interview with the very first question

1.Please introduce tell the readers something about yourself.

My name is Michael A. Gill-Branion.
I am a prior service US Marine.
I served as a LISC AmeriCorps member near the busiest border in the world.
I wrote, The Forgotten Prince in 2000, submitted for its certificate of copyright in 2001 and received the certificate of copyright in 2002.
I graduated from the University of Southern California’s Policy, Planning, and Development School with a Public Policy, Management, & Planning bachelor’s degree in 2006.
I became a member of the American Planning Association in 2004.
In 2008, I wrote presentation treatments for Red Baron Films at Raleigh Studios in Manhattan Beach, California and Actor Don Salmon for their projects.
So, I am an Urban/City Planner and Community Developer by education, but a writer by trade.
Currently, my wife is a soldier in the US Army. I support her and the kids any way I can.

2.What brought you to writing?

I was telling a pharmacist friend, David Scarborough, about an idea I had for a story in 1995. He convinced me to write it and my girlfriend (now wife) at the time encouraged me too. The rest is history…

3.How long have you been writing?
16 years.

4.Which was your first literary project? Tell us something about it.

My first book was called, Paradox. It was a Sci-Fi Erotica story. I wrote it very poorly and needless to say it didn’t sell well at all. I exhibited the book at San Diego Comic-Con and met Creative Executive Lori Tilkin of Lion Rocks Productions (Director John Woo’s outfit) and she raked me over the coals with how badly it was done. She made me a better writer!!

5.Is this your new/latest project?

Yes, Tales of the Forgotten Prince is my latest project. But, it’s certainly not new. I’ve worked this project through Hollywood and the Literary World for over 10 years.

6.What are your hobbies?Things that you enjoy doing besides books of course.

I love Chinese Martial Arts and I am a practitioner of Bak Mei and Seven Star Mantis. I study the Chinese language too. I like cooking and various types of physical fitness training. And, of course, I like coming up with innovative ways to change slums into beautiful and livable communities filled with green space.

7.Who is your favourite author?

Impossible for me to have just one, but Shakespeare, Anchee Min, Anais Nin, Sheree Renee Thomas, and J.R.R. Tolkein are probably my top five.

8.Do you have a role model that you get inspiration from?

Probably gonna sound weird to you, but I am inspired by the stars in the sky. Every time I look up I know there is more to my existence than I could possibly fathom and I know this lifetime is only the beginning. I find great comfort in that…

9.Where do get your ideas from?Do you take your story ideas from real life situations?

I believe stories take on a life of their own if the right environment is set. So I make sure parameters/boundaries of the story are immovable and I write strong characters that never cross their belief systems. Then I set them up to run into one another… The rest is a logical progression over time. I am a science fiction and fantasy writer so, I try to be as original as possible, but occasionally I do take the physical idiosyncrasies a person may have and give it to a character in my story. For example, the way someone warms their hands when they are cold or blinks their eyes when they smoke.

10.Whats your experience been like in the publishing industry? Postive or negative? Please share your experience with our readers.

Actually, Hollywood is fairer and has treated me far better!! The Writer’s Guild of America-West gives you more opportunities from the start than the Author’s Guild.
The Author’s Guild will not even help you negotiate your first book contract with a major trade book publisher’s Acquisition Editor (should you be so lucky) until AFTER you have successfully done so on your own. Their requirements are laughable, yet they claim to represent all writer’s??? They’ve never helped or represented me….

This is why I took, The Forgotten Prince, through Hollywood first and it HAS paid off!! The WGA welcomes creativity and innovation. The Author’s Guild and the major trade book publishers are looking in the wrong places for the next avant-garde writer. They look for a writer from a prestigious school with formal training, who knows someone in their ranks.
The next writers of wonder will come from where the other half lives. They will come from the bowels of society not the privileged class!! It’s one of the primary economic reasons why publishers are losing business and the battle against technology.

I remember walking into a famous science fiction bookstore near Tierrasanta in San Diego, CA. I asked the owner where the black science fiction authors section was and she told me there were no black science fiction authors. She went on to explain that blacks don’t write science fiction because they don’t know how to… Such a lie, but probably the common understanding publisher’s and their distributors tell bookstore owners.

One very well known publisher called me a Pulp Ficiton writer and said the story would never go anywhere. Yet, here I am and the storyboard and animated film short are all that remains to be delivered to Sony ImageWorks.

So, I believe traditional publisher’s (Negative) will fade away. They are quickly becoming the middle-men in an industry that is now more receptive to those who create and innovate on their own using the technologies available. The WGA West (Positive) will remain forever because they understand that the good books regardless of where they come from eventually are turned into movies.

11.Where do you see yourself 10years from now?

I see myself as a father who takes care of his kids, a husband who takes care of his wife, a writer who worked hard enough to get some books out and at least one animated film / feature film done.

12.Why do you think readers should buy your book? What can you offer them through your book?

I don’t think readers should buy my book unless the story is the type of story they like to read. My story isn’t going to appeal to everyone. I’ve learned that along the way. I’m not here to sell you… The great stories sell themselves.
So, if the preview of the story doesn’t entice you or offer you joy, then please put it down.

13.Where is your book available?

It is available here >>

14.Do you have a website or a blog that you’d like to share here.

Here it is

15.Anything else you’d like to share with our readers

Ayappa Biddanda is a great friend who is currently the Senior Director of Marketing for VanGuard and Sugar Hill Records. He has been with me through my entire journey and given me great guidance. So, when I saw your request for interviews I knew I had to do this!!
Also, the Joxian culture in my story has strong similarities to the ND culture.
Thank you for this wonderful opportunity!!

  • Thank you Michael Anthony Gill-Branion for gracing us with your presence.It was a sheer pleasure.Good luck with your book.We conclude the interview here

    Thanks again from Team MusikDIV

    Buy Tales of The Forgotten Prince by Michael Anthony Gill-Branion On Amazon Kindle >>

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