Inspiring, liberating, otherworldly, magical, surreal, bizarre, funny, unique… all of these words have been used to describe the books of Mike Russell.
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When did you start writing?
When I was 12 years old I began writing a novel called ‘Imagine Infinity’. I designed the book cover and wrote about twenty pages before deciding that I needed more life experience and abandoned it. I thought this early attempt was lost until my parents found it in their loft a couple of years ago. I still like the title.
Years later, I began writing again. Then one day a friend was putting together a spoken-word event. Knowing that I wrote things, she asked me to contribute. This led to many years of regularly performing my stories in clubs, bars, galleries and various other strange venues. Happily, I just kept being invited to do more. This proved to me that there was an audience for my writing. I then began publishing my stories.
What inspires your stories?
Inspiration for me is exactly that. I have moments of inspiration that come at odd times. It is always something new to me, giving a certain insight beyond what I already know and it comes with a small euphoria. Where it comes from is a mystery. I love inspiration. I love exploring the places that inspiration reveals to me and I have a huge desire to share what I discover. We are all mysteries surrounded by mystery and filled with mystery! I like to explore that mystery.
I schedule time when I know I can write for a long stretch without having to do anything else. I write with pen and paper and only move to the computer towards the end of the process. It is good to remain in a sort of limbo so that you are open to a story changing, even if it means having to destroy weeks of work. Cups of tea and occasional kisses help.
Why do you write?
Stories can have many functions. My highest aspiration as a writer is to try to release us (me the writer and you the reader) from all limitations. That is a big aim but it is a very reachable aim. I am sure that we could all name books that have had a profound effect upon us. Stories have that power. They can be more than entertainment whilst still being entertaining.
What do you want readers to take away from your writing?
I wish my readers the highest possible outcome from their reading experience. I believe that stories have the potential to be life-changing. So let us not limit the power of the story; let us read with an expectation of the highest possible outcome and allow every story to work its magic.
Tell our readers about your latest book
My latest book is a science fiction novella titled ‘Strungballs’. It begins as a surreal dystopia, then it shows a way out. If you feel that you are trapped in a dystopia, this book may help you.
What’s next for you?
I have many more strange books planned. If you follow my website www.strangebooks.com you will be notified as soon as new books are released. We also sell really great merchandise through the site as well as notify you of book readings and performances. If you are looking for something a little different, come and join in the fun!
by Mike Russell
Strungballs is an extraordinary novella from Strange Books author Mike Russell. What are Strungballs? Ten-year-old Sydney is about to find out… but first he must have a cube of his flesh removed. Sydney will transgress everything he was taught to believe in when he embarks upon a journey that will reveal the astonishing secrets hidden by the red balls on white strings known only as… Strungballs. Inspiring, liberating, otherworldly, magical, surreal, bizarre, funny, disturbing, unique… all of these words have been used to describe the stories of Mike Russell. Remember: Once a Strungball is inserted it must never be removed.