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Interview with Michael Faricy

Interview with Michael Faricy

What inspired you to write Bite Me?

Bite Me is the third in my Dev Haskell series. Dev is a well meaning, back slapping, at times clueless Private Investigator. You know, a typical guy. A large part of the trouble in his life seems to stem from falling for the wrong sort of woman. That’s what happens to Dev in Bite Me, and of course it quickly leads to a pile of bodies that all seem to be tied in some way to him. As far as inspiration, that’s a generous term. I don’t work off an outline or even a rough draft. I just sit down and start tapping keys, at the end of the day no one is more surprised than me at the twists and turns the story has taken. So, with Bite Me the first paragraph in the story has him immediately confronted with a situation;


It was bigger than a steak knife, not quite a carving blade, but still capable of doing some very serious damage. The knife came with a bright red handle, the kind sculpted to fit your fingers and hold a blade that gleamed viciously. I dodged the swipes again and pleaded.

My hope is the reader will want to continue on to see if this is going to be a very short story, or does Dev somehow get out of this. That’s all the inspiration I need.

Tell us a little about Bombshell.

Bombshell is the fourth and most recent in my Dev Haskell series. At base it’s a tale of petty rivalry and jealousy that gets way out of hand. Dev thinks he’s landed his dream job, providing security for a team of English roller derby women on tour and in town for just 48 hours. He envisions something along the lines of monitoring the shower room, but suddenly finds himself under arrest and found guilty before he’s even charged. Along the way he has an attorney who drinks too much, a gorgeous friend with a bad attitude, a team of feisty females ready to kill him – and no answers.

It was not by intent, but suddenly I look back at all my books and it seems there is always a woman who in some way saves the day. They may dump Dev right after that, and tell him to never, ever call again. They may un-friend him on face book, block his phone calls or spray paint his car, but first they pull his feet from the fire.

Are you dressing up for Halloween?

No, I’ll be hiding. Actually I usually attend a costume party in a clown costume that is really creepy. The mask is the kind that covers your head completely and it’s a real scary clown. I usually walk around for maybe twenty minutes and people actually go in the opposite direction. There are always a couple of women who eventually approach and ask me to please take the mask off because it makes them very uncomfortable. About that time I’m thinking a beer might be a lot more fun than creeping people out. However this year I have a fifty year anniversary with the Brian Boru Irish Pipe Band that I’ll be attending, I’ve been playing the bag pipes in the band for a lot of years and I’ll be at that party probably into the wee hours so no clown costume this year.

Is there a genre you would like to try that’s different?

Yes and no, I’m really enjoying the Dev Haskell novels and I’m building a nice fan base. I love writing a Dev story. The type of reader I have doesn’t just read the genre, they consume it, read everything an author writes. That’s great for me on the one hand, people clamoring for my next title. On the other hand, I’d like to branch out into more fiction or maybe some historical works. But I really don’t have the time for the research, it’s a pity but I have to sleep every day. No complaints, that strikes me as the right kind of problem to have.

Could you live without coffee?

No, I’ve gone off coffee a half dozen different times and it’s always a good three days of painful, constant headache, God help me but I love the stuff. I drink it black and I have to limit myself to three mugs in the morning. I’m the sort of guy that would drink it if it’s there, ten cups, not a problem. So, I make six cups based on the coffee pot measurement, that translates to three mugs. I have my favorite mug, I’m drinking half decaf now-a-days, but I love the stuff.

Would you choose the rock or the hard place?

Is there a difference? God knows I’ve found myself on one or the other often enough. Life being what it is let’s just say whichever one I chose would most likely be wrong.

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What’s your favorite thing about the writing process?

I have to have a routine. My wife and I have a long distance relationship, she’s in Dublin, I’m in Minnesota. In both places I rise early, put my three mugs of coffee on and begin to read out loud what I wrote the previous day. I do some light editing as I go along. This takes about two-and-a-half hours. At that point I’m back in the flow from the day before and I begin writing. I take short breaks for breakfast and lunch, chat briefly with my wife, but in the end writing is a solitary process. I write until the late afternoon when I begin cooking dinner. At some point in this process my wife has had enough of my cooking and then she takes over the dinner chore. I usually don’t answer phone calls or run errands during the day. I’m pretty focused and I just sit and write. Yeah, I know, I’m a boring guy, but I learned at an awfully young age that at some point you have to put your butt on the chair and start tapping keys. I love the point where I’ve finished a work and I start the review and edit process, it’s amazing how everything suddenly comes together.

Three facts about you?

Okay, let’s see, first I’m married and live in St. Paul and Dublin. The second would be we have four children in our blended family, all grown adults. The third would be I run socially with a cast of characters that keep me current and well stocked with tales. Most of the things in my books have really happened, in some way, shape or form. Yeah, I write fiction, but it’s based on a lot of hard facts. I play in a bagpipe band, I have for years and those people are always in screwball situations. Of course I’m just observing and taking notes, never involved in the craziness.

Do you believe in UFOs?

Seriously? I wouldn’t say no lets put it that way. With the vast, endless expanse of the universe it seems strange we would be the only life form. I’m not sure I’d be too thrilled to have a bunch of flying saucers hover overhead with creatures looking for their next fresh meal, but I suspect we’ll learn something about life elsewhere in the not too distant future.

Would you rather have fame or fortune?

In all honesty probably the fortune. I’d sure love to be able to not worry about finances, who wouldn’t? That said, I’m aware of individuals from moneyed families and it seems to lead to unhappiness if not immediately then in the following generation, some sort of feeling of inadequacy or a slow swirl down life’s drain. My mom would probably say something like ‘money doesn’t bring happiness’. I’d think, I would sure like to try that angle cause this working day in and day out ain’t all it’s cracked up to be, either. In all honesty I’m neither famous nor wealthy, but I don’t know anyone happier than me. I have a great family, get along with all my extended family. My wife is good to me and good for me, Yeah I know you’re thinking she must be patient, too. She is and I know I’m very lucky.

Pick one book that is your all time favorite?

You mean besides George the Pig which was read to me a few hundred thousand times as a kid? For the uninitiated, George doesn’t share his birthday cake and on the last page of the book he explodes because he’s eaten it all, he’s been an absolute pig.  Tough to pick one, maybe anything by Robert B. Parker. Of course then I’m onto Elmore Leonard, Carl Hiaasen, Michael Connelly, John Grisham, it’s a pity I have to work for a living I’d love to just keep going through books. My all time favorite book is probably whatever I’m reading at the moment.

Embarrassing guilty pleasure?

You mean that we can discuss here? I think it would be food related. I don’t think I ever met a food I didn’t like. I come from a long line of people who were really accomplished in the kitchen. My grandparents ran a hotel and restaurant. My mom raised us on Julia Child’s cookbook. All my brothers and sister create food specialties and my wife is an excellent cook. There has to be some poor soul left to enjoy all this labor and tasty result, that’s my job.

Are you an introvert or an extrovert?

I’m one of those extrovert’s that uses it as a defense mechanism so no one knows about me. Actually it’s never been important to me that people know what I’ve done or do. I am genuinely interested in what everyone around me does. I was painfully shy as a kid and I was fascinated and afraid of girls at the same time. Asking a girl to a dance in high school was really painful for me. I was in sales for years and that forced me to pick up a patter. Now if I’m in a crowded room full of people by the end of the night I’ve introduced myself, met and learned about as many folks as I can. That said, it’s amazing what you can learn just standing quietly in a corner and observing.


Books, Food, just about any sort of music other than hip-hop or rap, sorry those two are just not for me. Family, friends, did I mention books?

Muppet – Grover, it isn’t easy being green.

Cartoon growing up- This goes way back, Mighty Mouse.

Color- Red. I love red dresses, red accent walls, red rooms, red cars, red lingerie.

Type of Monster- As a favorite? I think I’ll take a pass.

Do you speed when you drive?

Yeah, not intentionally but I’m one of those guys that if it’s posted at 65 I’m probably doing 70-plus. I don’t do eighty or ninety, too often anymore. But I’ve been known to cover long distances in fairly short order. I do not speed in town. We have this stupid law up here in Minnesota that cars are supposed to automatically stop for any pedestrian on a corner wanting to cross. Yeah great, except you have idiots who just step into the street and numbskulls behind the wheel who don’t stop or worse, race around you once you’ve stopped. In a battle between the car and a person, the car seems to win most of the time, so I drive the posted limit and hope no one steps in front of me.

Your thoughts on Self Publishing.

Where to begin? The publishing world is in a state of flux and continues to change drastically at breakneck speed. I’m self published and I love it. Everyone I’ve spoken with who has gone the traditional publishing route has ended up with a worse deal than mine. It’s like a version of serfdom. I maintain the rights to all my work. I receive a higher commission. They have to do the same amount of promotion as I do unless they’re a big name like Michael Connelly or Elmore Leonard and by the way, those guys are working hard promoting, too. Let me tell you how I landed on self publishing. When you write a book and grovel for a publisher you don’t send out a manuscript and you usually don’t send out the first three chapters unless requested. What you send out is a one page query letter, three paragraphs in length. The first two paragraphs describe your soon to be award wining work, the third is maybe two sentences about your wonderful self. I’d send fifty or sixty of these out on every book and get form letter replies returned in my self addressed, stamped envelope telling me no way! One day I got a query letter returned to me. It had been returned from one of the big six publishers in New York. These are the big names in the business. My letter was stamped in purple ink across the front, ‘Return to Sender’. On the back of my unopened envelope was a hand written note that said ‘This does not fit our needs at this time.’ They never opened the thing to read about the book I was promoting. A dim light went on in my thick skull. This is how these guys operate and Mike Faricy from St. Paul doesn’t have a snowball’s chance with them. But, now there’s a side gate into the publishing world, its called indie publishing and it is the future. The traditional publishing route with their slave labor contracts aren’t the only game in town anymore. One gets the sense in article after article that traditional publishing has circled the wagons, now they’re building a moat around themselves to avoid change or updating. I’ll stick to indie publishing for the time being. That said, if the folks that never opened my envelope called, I’d crawl across the street on hands and knees to at least talk with them.

Your thoughts on Zombies.

Gee, they sure walk funny.

Do you believe in the Loch Ness Monster?

Do I believe, I’m not sure. I love the idea and I’m fascinated by any image or sonar reading that comes across. And I love the tales from someone who maybe faked the thing sixty years ago as a college kid and the gag just took off. Still, wouldn’t it be great if Nessie was for real. I’ve walked along the shore of Loch Ness, its gorgeous country and it would be really fun to see the head and elongated body moving up and down the loch.

Are you a tweeter, a re-tweeter, or you couldn’t care less about Twitter?

I tweet ever so slightly. Without being a pest it’s a necessary aspect to book promotion. Do I tweet daily or check my tweets? No.

Would you rather sit on a porch with sweet tea {insert other beverage if tea isn’t your thing} or go hiking with a bottle of water and a smile?

Actually I do both. I live in a neighborhood with old Victorian homes so there are a lot of front porch’s and front porch activity. In the summer we usually eat dinner on the front porch four or five nights per week. Our neighbors next door do the same thing, we always exchange pleasantries back and forth for a bit. There are always people passing by on foot, one liner’s are exchanged. On any given night someone will stop for a chat, maybe a glass of wine. It’s wonderful. As for walking, some years back a good friend developed type-two diabetes. Part of his new lifestyle included walking, a lot. A number of us would walk with him one or two days per week. He discovered a walk called the Coast to Coast which goes across England from the Irish Sea to the North Sea. A group of us made that walk, about a week and a half walking across England from St. Bees on the Irish Sea to Robin Hood’s Bay on the North Sea, what a great adventure. That led us to ask where will we go next year? Since then the group has walked across France, Greece, Spain, Germany, Italy, Scotland, part of the French and Swiss alps, Morocco. It’s a lot of fun, but obviously there are some funds involved to do this so you better be in shape. That means in the nice weather, April-October, we’re all walking to get in shape for whatever the adventure will be that year. A lot of life’s problems have been solved for me at a three mile per hour pace.

Your favorite type of music

I’m boring but I love rock and roll golden oldies, country, of course Celtic and bag piping. I’m a real sucker for any song with whistling, yeah I know, I know. But David Grey’s Sail Away, okay not a golden oldie but it does have whistling. Gene Pitney’s Only Love Can Break A Heart, that’s going way back but I love that stuff and I just love the whistling. Frightening story: since my wife is Irish, born and raised, she is unfamiliar with a lot of the music I grew up with. What could be more fun then me singing Garth Brooks I’ve got Friends In Low Places or Ricky Nelson’s Traveling Man to her on a road trip? I’ve got a three ring binder with the words to hundreds of songs, yes multiple verses. She loves it, I told you she was good to me and for me.

Your favorite color of Skittle

Why red of course.

Your favorite memory

I’m really blessed. The bad ones I can effectively block out and I’ve tons of favorite memories. The favorites are all largely centered around family. Everything from when I was a kid to raising my own group of geniuses.

Your favorite quote

I’ve two that spring immediately to mind, the first from Mark Twain, I use it a lot. “If I were writing for money I’d be writing ransom notes.” The second one is anonymous, “The older I get the better I was.”

Your favorite way to spend an evening

I love being in the company of my wife and family or with friends over a meal or a glass of wine. Good conversation. The television would be off and preferably not even in the same room.

Tell us what you are working on now!

I’m working on my next Dev Haskell tale, entitled Tutti Frutti. That should be out right around the first of the year. I got a couple more Dev books right behind Tutti Frutti. I’m also working on a 50’s noir boxing tale for a guy out in Hollywood, that’s fun and a little different than my normal stuff. It’s written under the pseudonym Jack Tunney. It’s a number of novellas in the Fight Card series written by different authors and I was fortunate to be chosen. My title is called Irish Dukes.

Anything you would like to say to the aspiring authors reading this blog?

Why are you wasting time reading about me when you should be tapping keys? Just kidding, stay at it, don’t get discouraged, keep working to get the best possible work out there. Oh yeah and best of luck.

Thanks for having me, I hope you’ll have me back. All the best to everyone and don’t forget to pick up a copies of Bombshell, Bite Me and Irish Dukes. Then tell two to three hundred of your closest, personal friends just how great they are. All the best and thanks again.



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1 Response to Interview with Michael Faricy

  1. MikeFaricy

    Thanks for then interview, loved our chat, you mactually make me sound like a pretty nice guy. Who knew? Please ask me back sometime. All the very best to everyone, Mike Faricy


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