Cold Coffee Press Spotlight Interview With Author Mike Walters

Mike-WaltersMike Walters and his debut novel, The Outlaw River Wilde, sprung from an idea while watching Ancient Aliens on the History channel. He intertwines his love of Native American culture and a passion for the Pacific Northwest, primarily his birth state of Oregon. Mike sat down one day and started writing. The characters and story were revealed each and every day he wrote.

“Every session was as if I were reading something new myself for the first time. It was a blast seeing what would happen next. This is why I enjoyed writing this novel so much. ”

Mike is a Director of Marketing & Product at Auto-Graphics, Inc. based in Ontario, CA. That’s California, not Canada. A-G makes software for Libraries, primarily public. So on your visit to the library, when you sit down to search for a book this is the software that A-G makes.

“I am very fortunate to work in an industry that has a meaningful impact on society. It makes going to work each and every day enjoyable. I mean who doesn’t think we need, and who doesn’t love, libraries?”

Mike learned photography as a freshman in high school and later took the passion and used it as a photographer in the United States Air Force. He loves to ride bicycles in SoCal year around, volunteers in Los Angeles at the Westside German Shepherd Rescue taking photos of the beautiful dogs, and has a passion for Micro-brews, particularly Porters and Stouts. You will frequently find him sampling, with his son Alexander, at Claremont Craft Ales, a personal favorite — or one of the many fine breweries in and around Claremont, CA. Mike is currently at work on the follow up to The Outlaw River Wilde, which will be titled – Still Wilde in the Outlaw River. The book should be out later this year or early 2016.



What makes you proud to be a writer from Southern Oregon? I currently live in Southern California, but was born and raised in the southern part of Oregon. I love the outdoors, and there are few better places in the country than the Wild and Scenic section of the Rogue River where I grew up. Oregon isn’t well known to part of the country and I am proud to say I am from there. It is a great place to grow up with a multitude of things to do, especially if you love the outdoors. I hope to get back to the Pacific Northwest someday to live.

What or who inspired you to become a writer? I have known a few writers and I was always envious of their ability to tell stories and share them with other people. I loved making stuff up as a kid and always got great grades on my creative abilities. As I became more aware of what options were available to Indie authors thanks to the internet I started thinking, why not me? As far as inspiration, it would have to be my son, Alexander who is an actor. He can go out on stage and bare his sole and I figured if he is willing to take those risks than I can too.

When did you begin writing with the intention of becoming published? The first of second year I was watching Ancient Aliens on the History Channel I started getting this idea in my head that would take place near where I grew up and have a science fiction twist with it.

Did your environment or upbringing play a major role in your writing and did you use it to your advantage? I don’t know how most authors are, but for me absolutely. There are a bunch of traits that I saw develop in a number of characters in my novel. Not one single character resembles me overall but some of their traits do. At least in the first novel it just seemed natural for me to put some of my own thoughts, ideas, perceptions, and mannerisms into the characters. It certainly helped me keep a realistic believability to the characters and my story.

Do you come up with your title before or after you write the manuscript? Actually before I started writing. Looking back this seems kind of strange to me but yes, before.

Please introduce your genre and why you prefer to write in that genre? I love Science Fiction and Mystery. The X-Files was a show I loved. Their ability to take extraordinary events and make them seem plausible influenced me. Obviously there are heavy science fiction elements in the show but the writers did a great job of introducing a lot of mystery as well and made the show much more than just chasing aliens. It is what I loved about the show and what I want to try and capture in The Outlaw River Wilde and the follow up Still Wilde in Outlaw River.

What was your inspiration, spark or light bulb moment that inspired you to write the book that you are seeking promotion for? The X-Files and Ancient Aliens.

What has been your most rewarding experience with your writing process? Creating something that I really enjoyed reading myself. I felt if I could create something that I liked that others would as well. I got a real sense of accomplishment in seeing the novel published.

What has been your most rewarding experience in your publishing journey? Seeing reviews come in where people say how much they enjoy it. Also talking with people who have read The Outlaw River Wilde and want to know about different events in the novel. This lets me know they are engaged and care.

Have you had a negative experience in your writing career? If so please explain how it could have been avoided? Yes, the marketing aspect of a self-pub novel is brutal. It is a bit odd for me since I am a professional marketer by day. I thought writing would be the most difficult part of the whole process but marketing is the most negative aspect so far. Hopefully this will change in the coming months and years. I don’t think there is anyway at all to avoid it, unless you have a tremendous amount of money and can do a national marketing campaign yourself. I suppose the other option is to go the traditional publisher route but there you run the risk of your creation being in slush piles forever and never seeing the light of day.

What one positive piece of advice would you give to other authors? Hire an editor and if you are going to self-pub have one copy of your book printed and then read through it from beginning to end before you actually publish it.

Don’t rely on family and friends to be objective on your novel. Pay a professional.

Who is your favorite author and why? Only one? No fair I have so many. If I am forced to choose one I will go with Michael Crichton. I love his ability to put normal people into extraordinary circumstances that are plausible. He always flirts with the edge of reason but does such a wonderful job of creating believability. He wrote great science fiction that was heavy with mystery and intrigue. He is easy to read and always makes me care about his characters.

Is there anything else that you would like to share with us? I created my own website, hopefully when you see it you will say “well done” and not, “he should have paid someone”. I love marketing and all the avenues available to artists these days because of social media.


The Outlaw River Wilde by Mike Walters

The Pacific Northwest is Under Attack. Ancient Alien Intrigue: Can Mitch Wilde save humanity?

A very impressive debut. Original and impressively well written novel! – Portsmouth Book Review

An original and impressively well written novel, “The Outlaw River Wilde” is a deftly crafted and highly entertaining story by an author who will leave his readers looking eagerly toward his next effort. – Midwest Book Review

Mitch Wilde never believed in aliens, that is, until he was left with no other way to explain the strange events happening around his small Pacific Northwest home. With scattered appearances of ghostly Native American riders, a series of odd break-ins by unknown intruders, and hints that more could be coming, Mitch, along with his cantankerous old neighbor who is quickly becoming a new friend vows to unravel the mysteries and preserve the comfortable life he has worked so hard to build.

When an unexplained attack leaves his long-time best friend acting quite unlike himself, Mitch knows he has to act fast or risk losing everything. The only question is: Does he have what it takes to conquer the mysterious, potentially powerful force once and for all?

Ancient Alien Intrigue long-time Pacific Northwest resident Mike Walters found his first love in dogs, and then quickly followed up with photography, bicycling, globetrotting, and library software development. He would finally find his true calling at the tender age of 45 while settling in to watch a program on the History channel. It was then that the concept for his debut novel, The Outlaw River Wilde was born. “What if we’re not alone in the universe?” he asks of readers who dare to venture into his Science Fiction Thriller world. “And what if our forgotten past was the link to our probable future?”

Mike intertwines his love of Native American culture and a passion for the Pacific Northwest setting that he called home as a child in his original tale of intrigue and adventure guaranteed to keep readers guessing until the very last page. Of course, he continues to honor his first love of dogs by donating 10% of all proceeds to the Westside German Shepherd Rescue in Los Angeles where he also volunteers as a photographer.

Cold Coffee Press Book Review For The Outlaw River Wilde by Mike Walters

Outlaw River, a small town in the Pacific Northwest’s Outlaw River Valley. This community is no different from most small American towns that depend a fair amount of tourist trade. Outlaw River is a community of 1800, comprised of farmers, ranchers, loggers and hunters. Like most rural communities, everyone knows and looks out for their neighbors, attends annual events and go to bed at night without locking their doors.

While biking the river trail, Mitch Wilde loses control and falls when something swishes by him with an intensity that breaks his concentration. Rattled, Mitch looks around and spots a man on a horse across the river. An uneasiness causes him to look up high in a tree where he spots a shimmering arrow with a sparrow sitting on it. As he watches the bird flies away and the arrow seems to dissolve leaving only a trace of glowing liquid.

Mitch successfully put the simmering arrow, tree phenomenon along with the man on a horse out of his mind until his neighbor Jack is struck in the shoulder by an arrow while in his yard. Mitch goes to render aide and observes that it isn’t a normal arrow. The shaft and feathers almost seem alive. When touched, the shaft goes from cold to hot. When Mitch decides he can safely pull the arrow out of Jack, the arrows mysteriously disappears into Jacks body.

If it were just he and Jack it would be one thing, but other members of the Outlaw Rivers community report sightings of famous Indians like Sitting Bull in full battle dress. To add to the local stress, ongoing news reports indicate that Native American Indians in the Pacific Northwest are simply disappearing without warning.

This phenomenon extends to sightings of strange creatures around Crater Lake and objects which seen to collide with the mountain range. Legends compare tales of local Indians guiding settlers away from Crater Lake. Is it meteor strikes? An alien invasion? Kachina Indian Spirits? Perhaps it is shape shifters or even the apocalypse?

The Outlaw River Wilde by Mike Walters in an introduction and cliff hanger to his sci-fi, mystery series. Still Wilde In Outlaw River (Book Two) is scheduled to arrive in 2016. In some series, authors design each book to stand along with separate stories using many of the same characters. This author has chosen a continuing saga approach where the reader needs to read this book before the next.

Cold Coffee Press endorses The Outlaw River Wilde by Mike Walters as a paranormal mystery that presents a series of unexplained phenomenon. We reviewed this book from Kindle/PDF format. The review was completed on October 13, 2015. For more information please contact Cold Coffee Press.



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