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⁠Michael Pickard ⁠On Time Travel, Writing, and Sneezing Money

⁠Michael Pickard ⁠On Time Travel, Writing, and Sneezing Money

Michael Pickard has had three careers, including working in software and retail, and has written 11 titles including nine novels, two children's books, and a collection of juried short stories. Dozens of Pickard's short stories have been published, including Hardwired, which won a Ray Bradbury Creative Writing Prize in 2005.

He started writing fiction when his daughter asked him to write her a story for her first time away at overnight camp which became THE BOY WHO SNEEZED MONEY, and he has been writing ever since. His stories often involve characters reacting to a heavy-handed plot, and he enjoys letting the characters dictate where the story goes.

Alex is impressed by FORWARD AND BACK, Pickard's new time travel thriller:

At the moment of his greatest professional achievement, renowned physicist Randy Weinberg wakes up eight years in the future. He is legally dead, divorced from his wife, and a stranger to his son. Enemies threaten him for the secrets of time travel. As a victim of his failed experiment, Randy is clueless.
Randy must decide whether to invent a tool that could be used to corrupt history or refuse and see his wife and son murdered. Perhaps there is another way.

Turn back the clock.

Pickard discusses the book and his approach to beta readers and critique groups, which includes sending out a cover letter with instructions, having a debrief with readers, and giving them a complimentary copy of the book. He also shares his approach to writing, which involves having a place in his head and heart for the story before he starts.

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