Whizzers – Mike Sahno / #Interview @MikeSahno

A recovering alcoholic, Mike, discovers his six-year-old cousin, David, travels through time as a whizzer to bring comfort to those in need. Mike soon finds himself along for the ride, and while he gets the opportunity to bring solace to some of his greatest heroes, he must also confront his own greatest demons.





Where and when do you prefer to write?

I’ve been a full-time professional writer since 2001, but it wasn’t until 2015 that I went off 100% on my own. Now that I work from home, and can schedule writing sessions, I prefer to write in the afternoon to early evening. I’m a night person, but for some strange reason, I do my best editing in the morning.

Where can I find you when you are not writing?

Something related to music, whether going to a concert, buying music in a store, or singing somewhere.

If you had the chance to co-write a book, who would it be with?

Canadian singer-songwriter Bruce Cockburn.

If you should travel to a foreign country for research, which one would it be and why?

My wife is from Thailand originally, so that would be it. Although I’ve been there multiple times myself, I still have a lot to learn about it.

Who would you like/have liked to interview?

I would love to have interviewed the late, great Frank Zappa. He was one of my rock guitar heroes, but also a brilliant satirist. As a huge fan, I would have been an extremely knowledgeable interviewer–especially compared to many of the other people who interviewed him. Frank didn’t suffer fools gladly, so he often dismissed people who asked him questions from the standpoint of ignorance about him and his music. If he’d had me interviewing him, it would have been a fun experience for him and a positively mind-blowing one for me!

How do you come up with names for your characters?

Character names generally tend to come to me pretty organically. I’ve done a few crazy things in search of new ones, though, like flipping through a phonebook and pointing blindly to names at random. Of course, just because I point at one doesn’t mean I’m stuck with it!

Whom did you inherit your love for books from?

My mother.

Did you or do you like comic books/graphic novels? Which ones?

I loved comic books as a kid, and in fact, I started collecting them when I was very young–everything from superheroes like Spider-Man and Batman to lesser-known comics like House of MysteryPlastic Man, and Plop! I still have some of the best of my original collection. I must admit, however, that I have never read a graphic novel.

Do you base characters on people you know?

As a rule, not really. A couple of characters from my previous novels bear a slight resemblance to real people, but very slight indeed. However, my new release, Whizzers, is a different story: the narrator is a fictionalized version of me, and he meets up with a variety of people, including some fictionalized versions of relatives. Of course, all the standard legal disclaimers apply!

What’s the premise of Whizzers?

A recovering alcoholic, Mike, discovers his six-year-old cousin, David, travels through time as a whizzer to bring comfort to those in need. Mike soon finds himself along for the ride, and while he gets the opportunity to bring solace to some of his greatest heroes, he must also confront his own greatest demons.

Thank you, Mike Sahno.

About the author

Before he became a publisher or even a writer, Mike Sahno was a speaker.

“I started talking at a very young age, and would engage strangers in conversation from my perch in the shopping cart,” he says with a chuckle. “They’d look at my mother and say, How old is he?”

Sahno began reading before he’d even been taught his ABCs, much to the surprise of his family.

“My parents were always great about reading to me, and I guess I decoded the language from looking at the words,” he explains. “This was in an era when they didn’t teach you to read until first grade – it was See Spot run, ‘Dick and Jane,’ all that stuff.

“One night my grandmother was reading the newspaper, and I started reading an article about the Cincinnati Reds out loud to her. She thought I was making it up until she looked down and saw I was reading it word for word. That got everyone’s attention.”

Sahno also began writing stories at an early age. In high school and college, he was Editor-in-Chief of the campus literary magazine. The quality of his work led to multiple awards and honors. After earning his Bachelor’s from Lynchburg College, he went on to complete his Master’s in English from Binghamton University at the age of 24.

Sahno served in management positions for several companies, including Director at a market research firm, and Assistant Vice President at a Tampa mortgage company. He also taught composition at the college level.

He became a full-time professional writer in 2001 and, in the following years, wrote more than 1,000 marketing articles on a wide range of topics. His delivery of quality copy put him in high demand across the southeastern United States, and several of his articles won Addy Awards in 2008 and 2010.

Since founding Sahno Publishing in 2015, he has gone on to achieve national and international recognition, gaining over 18,000 followers on Twitter and publishing and selling three novels both in the U.S. and abroad. Sahno has ghostwritten books for entrepreneurs in the U.S., and continues to electrify audiences with his story and his natural gift for entertaining while informing. He is available for professional speaking engagements upon request.

Though originally created to publish CEO/President Sahno’s work and that of other literary fiction authors, Sahno Publishing has dramatically expanded its focus to include speaking, and ghostwriting for entrepreneurs: hence the business model Author/Speaker/Publisher.

Since the initial launch of the company in 2015, Sahno has released an updated version of his third novel, Miles of Files, and a short story collection called Rides From Strangers.

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