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Author Interview: Micheal Maxwell

Mr. Maxwell has traveled the globe, dined with politicians, rock stars and beggars. He has rubbed shoulders with priests and murderers, surgeons and drug dealers, each one giving him a part of themselves that will live again in the pages of his books.

The Cole Sage series brings to life a new kind of hero. Short on vices, long on compassion and dedication to a strong sense of making things right. As a journalist he writes with conviction and purpose. As a friend he is not afraid to bend the law a bit to help and protect those he loves.

Micheal Maxwell writes from a life of love, music, film, and literature. He lives in California with his lovely wife and traveling partner Janet.

  • : I learned to read. As far back as I can remember I have written stories. Every time I read a book, I said, "I can do that!" About five years ago I decided it was time to take the desire to write to a more serious place. That's when I wrote Diamonds and Cole.
  • : "Orvil and the Tin Critter" was published in my sixth grade class literary anthology for the year. That's the first one ever published! I still have it, February 1964.
  • : Cole Fire (Cole Sage Mystery #6) combines a couple of plot elements to create a pretty exciting book. A "New Age" spiritual leader is gunned down in San Francisco and his body disappears, leaving Cole Sage to figure out what happened. At the same time Southeast Asian businesses are being torched. It seems everywhere you look we are faced with the abuse and mistreatment of our military veterans. "Cole Fire" is the story of a Vet who goes off the rails. "Cole Fire" takes us to the dark side of neglecting our Veterans.
  • : First grade I wrote a poem, "See the birdie in the sky, Don't you wish you could fly", I wrote it at home, not school. I liked the way the words sounded. I can still remember realizing certain words rhymed. I didn't know what to call it, but I thought it was cool. I have always loved words. I have always had a drawer full of notes, sketches of characters, half written stories, book ideas, and outlines.
  • : I grew up in the Central Valley of California, in the heart of where the Dust Bowl refugees landed in the thirties. The stories and culture of the Okies and Arkies permeate the soul of the town I grew up and influenced my desire to tell stories. More importantly, it gave me an ear for language.
  • : I'm in best form after breakfast and the second cup of coffee.
  • : I have three project in the pipeline right now. An anthology of short (and not so short) stories by a group of three other very talented mystery writers; Wayne Zurl, Ilil Arbel and Jane Carver. I am finalizing Volume One of a collection of 42 of my own short stories. Both of which will be published this Fall. "Angolan Cole", the 7th book in the Cole Sage Mystery Series is also in the works.
  • : Travel, Music and Film are my great passions. They are a source of pleasure, inspiration and rejuvenation.
  • : The Depthford Trilogy, by Robertson Davies. I believe it is the perfect template for the way to tell a story. Our Mutual Friend, by Charles Dickens. I just love the story. How he includes so many characters and complete each one's story never ceases to amaze me. I have read it at least 100 times. From Time to Time and Time and Again, by Jack Finney. Simply the two best time travel books ever written! I love time travel stories and even tried my hand with "Time Pedaler" but Jack has me beat! Then anything by Stuart M. Kaminsky or Peter Lovesey, these guys know how to write a mystery!
  • : I was in the music business for a big part of my life, Record Stores, Concert Promoter, Special programming on the Radio, and writing record reviews. When I grew up (kind of) around 39 I became a teacher, I seemed to gravitate to risk kids.
  • : I have a Samsung Galaxy 8 that I just love. It is Android and able to provide me the freedom to read books in any format!
  • : It is a true collaborative effort between the artist and me. We have established a style for the series that is the framework we start from. I always have a idea of what I want, then we bounce ideas back and forth until we come up with something we are both excited about.
  • : I do a basic outline, four or five key elements I want to included in each chapter, then sit back and let the story take me where it will.
  • : I guess reading what I have done and being surprised how caught up in the story I get. It sounds silly, but if I am moved, excited, or intrigued by something I've written, it really thrills me.
  • : The best place to find everything is on my Author Page at or
  • : Thank you. The emails and reviews people write about my books are an unending source of joy. People don't realize how important reviews are for independent authors. Reviews from our readers are our best form of advertise meant. So, I you love a book leave and review! You might be the one that helps someone else find a book they'll love too.

3 thoughts on “Author Interview: Micheal Maxwell

  1. I am glad to see Michael Maxwell being interviewed in the ! He is an outstanding writer. I am hooked on ALL of his books. His ability to write is as a painter paints, or a sculptor forms beautiful works. His words flow so perfectly. R. Long, AL, USA

  2. I love this author so much and read everything he writes.

  3. I enjoyed Michael Maxwell books so much, especially the Cole Sage, that I read them aloud to my husband. ( since his stroke he has difficulty reading). He also enjoyed the stories.

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