About the Book:
Alone. Abandoned. Threatened. Natalie has lost all hope for a better future. Everything she’s known and everyone she’s ever loved is gone, and it’s up to her to get her old life back. In Michael Evans’s first novel, Control Freakz, Natalie’s journey toward a better life begins.
When Protocol 00 is enacted, Natalie’s family is taken by the government, along with the families of her two best friends, Ethan and Hunter. With nothing to lose, and the threat of government hitmen kidnapping them at any moment, the three must battle to survive in a horrid, post-apocalyptic world run by President Ash and his invasive government. They want answers. And they’re willing to jeopardize everything in desperate pursuit.
Risking ruthless leaders, attempted mind control, and her very existence on the planet, Natalie, along with Hunter and Ethan, will stop at nothing in their quest to regain everything they’ve ever known. Her spirits crushed and her will to live destroyed, Natalie knows everything is dead and gone, and soon she will be, too.
Memories connect us to the past, and can often cause us to long for a better future, but they can drive our minds into a state of hell if a better future is unattainable. Nevertheless, Natalie’s hope for a better a future remains.
1: Tell us a little about yourself and what got you in to writing?
Well my name is Michael Evans, and I’m currently a sophomore in high school! I am extremely passionate about the future and have always loved to read! I can’t say there was a definitive moment when I got into writing, it was more of something I just did for fun since the moment I was able to read. Writing was the gift I was born with, and I have always had an innate desire to express my thoughts on the world around me. Most of the stuff I wrote about as a kid (well I guess I’m a kid now but I mean little kid) was innocent and frankly dumb. I once wrote a chapter book about a talking, flying, super baby, and wrote countless amounts of short stories that were spin-offs of novels I had already read (I literally wrote fanfic before I even knew what the word meant). I have also always loved writing poetry, and still do to this day. What started my adventure on writing novels, however, was my passion for nanotechnology, and the desire to raise awareness of the potential detrimental effects that it may have on society. My purpose was and will always be to help humanity work towards a better future for all.
2: Do you have a favourite time and place where you write?
I literally write whenever and wherever my schedule permits me (I have even been known to write in the car on the way to practices/events). However, most of the time I am able to write after school in the library for about an hour. And if I don’t write for at least an hour everyday… yeah it’s not good. It happens.
3: Where do your ideas come from?
That’s a great question that I don’t really know the answer to. My inspiration behind writing or the concept of an entire novel comes from things in life that I’m passionate about, and issues in society that I would love to raise awareness about. But the actual plot of a novel normally pops into my head randomly, and the dialogue of the characters and their emotions is something that I close my eyes and can hear in my head as I’m writing.
4: Do you have a plan in your head of where the story is going before you start writing or do you let it carry you along as you go?
It depends. I find that I know where the story is going to end up, but all the little ins and outs of how it’s going to get there is something that culminates in my mind as I’m writing, which is always exciting to see what happens!
5: What genre are your books and what drew you to that genre?
Young Adult Dystopian is the current genre of my writings, but I will soon be branching out into Young Adult Contemporary novels. What initially drew me to Dystopian novels is the fact that they can convey a world in the near-future that has crumbled from the mishaps of humanity, and by portraying these apocalyptic worlds, I hope to urge those who read it from relentlessly attempting to prevent the mistakes that occured in my fictional society, from occuring in our real society. And of course I write for Young Adults, because I am a Young Adult myself, however as I grow and mature, I still feel that I will always write in the Young Adult genre, because Young Adult authors have the unique opportunity and privilege to impact a next generation of thinkers that writers who direct their work towards other audiences do not have.
6: What dream cast would you like to see playing the characters in your latest book?
Wow, another great question that I don’t quite have an answer to. This might be a bad thing but I rarely watch any movies or TV, I mainly stick to reading books, watching the news, and reading scientific articles. From the limited amount of movie stars I know off the top of my head, I can’t see anyone one person playing the in depth, emotional of the specific characters in my book.
7: Do you read much and if so who are your favourite authors?
I read a lot, but I would love to read even more if it weren’t for my voracious desire to write all the time! However my favorite authors all time are John Green, Stephen King, Veronica Roth, Rick Riordan, Alexandra Bracken, Scott Westerfeld, and of course J.K. Rowling.
8: What book/s are you reading at present?
On Writing and A Bazaar of Bad Dreams both by Stephen King.
9: What is your favourite book and why?
I have so many books that I love that it’s hard for me to pick a favorite. However, the novel that has impacted me the most is Hatchet by Gary Paulsen. That was the first book that I felt encapsulated by the story, and it was the first novel that inspired me to create my own captivating stories, just like that one.
10: What advice would you give for someone thinking about becoming a writer?
First of all I commend you for having the desire to express yourself in such a raw and beautiful way! Now let me tell you me three writing pro tips:
- Write about something you’re passionate about. Books are just like people! No one will love you more than you love yourself, and no one will love a book more than the person who created it.
- Write everyday. I know this is tough, but if you really want to be a writer you have to be decided to hone your craft every day of your life. Writing isn’t a job, it isn’t a hobby, and it certainly isn’t homework, writing is a lifestyle. Embrace it.
- Write the first thing that comes to your mind. Your first thought is always the most original expressive. If it comes out sounding weird or even discursive, that’s what edits are for!
11: What are the best Social Media Sites for people to find out about you and your work?
Feel free to connect with me on any of my pages!
Link to website: www.mevansinked.com
About the Author:
Author Michael Evans lives in Charleston, SC, but is originally from Long Island, NY. He has always enjoyed writing, but his other loves include being in nature, and learning about science and technology–and he is fascinated with the future.