It is with great pleasure that Xlibris Publishing introduces Michael J. Schultz, author of The Vela Project.
Briefly describe your book.
A terrorist attack leaves millions inflicted with an unknown virus. This scar on humanity has left desperate politicians no alternative than to rest their hopes on bizarre science and theories regarding an untested cure. The ensuing lust for answers and power by the corrupt New World Order leads to betrayal, assassinations, internment camps and the potential destruction of the United States as we know it! In this ultimate battle between good and evil who will win the race against time? The Vela Project is a compelling examination of society and the human condition and the many layers that make the world go-round.
Do you have any particular literary influences that have helped you develop in your genre, subject and style?
I must say I haven’t any real literary influences regarding my writing style. I grew up reading authors from Dostoevsky to Thoreau to Tolkien, C.S. Lewis and Hunter S. Thompson. It’s probably literary blasphemy to admit this but I simply started writing and found it very therapeutic. I still haven’t learned to “properly” write but I just keep plugging away and hopefully I can tell a story people understand and relate to. I took literary courses in high school and college but began writing with poetry, which evolved into song lyrics. I have recorded many songs and have written about many subjects regarding the human condition. I never finished college but always loved the challenge of placing my thoughts on paper in such a way others could relate with them.
What Inspired you to write your book, and how long did it take you to finish it?
The idea for The Vela Project came to me in a dream. In this dream I watched the entire plotline, basically the beginning, middle and ending, unfold on a movie screen. I woke up at 3:00am and began writing.
This book turned into quite a challenge to finish. It took five years to complete the initial draft because at the time it was merely a mental exercise to see if I could finish what I started. It was poorly written because I hadn’t a sphere of influence to guide me. I had a major computer meltdown on top of that and my entire book was erased from the hard drive leaving me with only pieced together hard copies to work with. After two re-writes and ten years I was ready to publish but the tragedy of 9/11 forced me to reconsider this due to the political climate at the time and I placed it on the backburner.
More importantly I didn’t have the financial capabilities to publish. Once it was on the shelf I started other projects and I wrote two more novels and two screenplays in an attempt to grow as a writer, plus it was an awful good time doing them! Once I realized the political climate was simply not about to change I decided to publish but I still lacked the funds to do it.
Sadly, my brother Matt, who I dedicate this novel to, passed away in March of 2016 and, basically, he was one of the few who believed in me, and he left me the resources to finally make my dream come true and thus The Vela Project came to fruition.
What is the one message you would like to convey to your readers.
I have two messages I would like to convey to my readers. Number one is don’t always believe what you see. Always question what the media and your leadership tells you…do your homework and check things out for yourself. It is enlightening what you might find. Secondly, and maybe this is tied for number one, is NEVER give up on your dreams, no matter how long it takes. Be true to yourself despite what others might tell you and finish what you start…never give up!
Are you working on a sequel to your book?
I am not currently working on a sequel but I have positioned my characters to keep that possibility alive. I have developed a new character and I am currently working on a series of books / screenplays, of which two are complete and a third is drafted, for future use. This character is unrelated to The Vela Project but is merely a stepping stone for potential movie ideas. All my writings are geared for the movie screen in one way or another.
Xlibris Publishing will return with Michael J. Schultz in Part 2.