IndieView with M.J. Scoggins, author of Haunted

I remember the camaraderie we had, and I wanted to translate that into a book where the reader would feel like they were a part of that. I finished the original manuscript the first week of July. Anyone who likes a good storyline, with a little mind bending paranormal mixed in. Christine Monroe, she has a very distinct writing style, the way she transitions from character to character. I also have a sci-fi novel in the works, I haven’t got a title for it yet, but I will be working on that one once Ascension is completed. I started on May 8th of 2017
How long did it take you to write it? Where did you get the idea from? He was called upon by an ancient order of the Dharma to fight entities that have started to manifest on this plane of existence. Do you have a target reader? This is where I truly struggle, I am an engineer by trade and training, I have a bachelors degree in cyber security. She heard about the book I was writing and offered to beta read it. I’m here to tell you they do, and when evil knocks on your door, I’m the one you call for help. In this, I am lucky, my amazing wife loves to do graphic design in her free time, after I finished the manuscript, we sat down together looking through stock photos, that she had licenses for, and photos I had taken years ago on vacation. Was it a particular event or a gradual process? If so, do you do so extensively or just chapter headings and a couple of sentences? I finished the entire manuscript first, then I went back over it twice for punctuation, after I finished that, I went back over it again for content and context. After she finished the beta, she liked it so much she offered to edit it just to expedite the process and get it out into the world. People will tell you I’m crazy. M.J. Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) I know that some parts of the story have made my family put the book down and refuse to read it. About the book
What is the book about? About Publishing
Did you submit your work to Agents? For more from M.J, like his Facebook page. A little town in South Eastern Idaho, had a population of around 500 people, we lived at the base of the mountains, an hour west of Yellowstone National Park. End of Interview. The dialog between the team and the monks, I had some great friends in the US Navy, we had a lot of philosophical conversations over many pints on foreign shores. I decided to go indie after I did research into the big five and realized that once they get you, you’re locked in to what they want you to do until your contract is fulfilled. What are you working on now? There are some parts of the story that hit a little closer to home than I would like to admit. When did you start writing the book? Don’t give up, if you have a story to tell, get it down on paper or on a screen. We did the same thing for the second book.  
About Writing
Do you have a writing process? I am trying to write bloggers, and this interview is definitely going to help, but at this point, I am just trying to get me book in front of as many people as possible so hopefully word of mouth gets out. What would you like readers to know about you? Did you hire a professional editor? So for now I am just winging it. Paul, Minnesota. All words that can been used to describe me. I can get into almost anything, as long as it gets my heart pumping, I can write to it. I want to work on my own timeline. That’s a good one, I enjoy a lot of different types of music, from classical to dubstep, heavy metal to country. I work downtown so I need to be close to that location in the event of an emergency. What happens when your life as you know it changes, and puts you in the fight of your life to save those who don’t believe? I did have a professional editor, she approached me, through a friend. If yes, what gets the fingers tapping? Where do you live now? Were there any parts of the book where you struggled? Now I live in a suburb of St. What came easily? Get your copy of   Haunted from Amazon US or Amazon UK. The second one I finished in two months. Do you listen to music while you write? The world will tell you the things I see don’t exist. Mysteries start to unravel as the investigators uncover a sinister plot and a being of unimaginable power that has plans for our plane. Things might not happen for you right away, just keep going, take it one step at a time, enjoy the journey. The book follows a seer, named Eran. Scoggins – 2 January 2018
The Back Flap
CRAZY, MENTALLY UNHINGED, DEMON HUNTER, SAVIOR. I know that some parts of the story have made my family put the book down and refuse to read it. Did you get your book cover professionally done or did you do it yourself? We settled on one and I let her do her magic. We all live in different parts of the country, and we don’t get together as much as any of us would like, so I figured I would find a way for us all to remember the good times. I want to help inspire people, I want them to know that if I can do this, so can they. Eran and his crew are charged to find the answers behind a number of strange occurrences around them. I mainly just go chapter by chapter, when I got toward the end of the first book, I did a minor outline to make sure I had all the elements ready for an explosive ending. It moved into the paranormal, and then onto the thriller aspects as they told me their story. If so can you please describe it? I refuse to give up. Are there any particular authors that have influenced how you write and, if so, how have they influenced you? Right now I am working on Ascension, the final book in the Dharma Trilogy. I mean, I really write quite fast, I finished my first book in a little over a month and a half. Anyone who isn’t afraid of twists and turns, that will leave them questioning. After the military, the majority of my friends and I scattered to the winds. Sometimes when you stare into the darkness, the darkness stares back. Do you outline? There are some parts of the story that hit a little closer to home than I would like to admit. You have to remember being an indie author isn’t a sprint, its a marathon. I am a seer, I see the darkness that tries to steal your light. What made you decide to go Indie, whether self-publishing or with an indie publisher? Before we knew it, we had an amazing cover. Steven King, definitely, he is not afraid to put it all on paper, he has influenced me to let the story tell itself. I never give up, even when people told me what I wanted was impossible. Are your characters entirely fictitious or have you borrowed from real world people you know? They weren’t particularly difficult to write, but after I had finished, I can see how my family would find them hard to read. Marketing is the hardest part for me. I started writing about the monks and their interactions and from there the story took on a life of its own. I have several friends who are indie authors, they self-publish, and with their help I was able to get my first two books out to the world. Do you edit as you go or wait until you’ve finished? Let the story write itself, let the characters talk through you, get the story down on paper first, then the storyline will fall into place. The best advice I can give a new author, is just to write, write the story you want to read. Nothing is impossible, put your mind to it and find the solution. The majority of the characters are entirely fictitious, there are a few that share aspects from current and past friends. Any advice that you would like to give to other newbies considering becoming Indie authors? We all know how important it is for writers to read.   I did submit my work to a few agents, however I chose to go indie because I wanted to maintain control over my schedule. I am the guardian that exorcises your demons. About You
Where did you grow up? Do you have a marketing plan for the book or are you just winging it?