Welcome to the very first Spotlight Saturday! n the third Saturday of each month, I will be spotlighting an author friend, and hopefully introducing my readers to new favorites!
Up first, the awesome Mike Chen! Take it away, Mike!
I’m Mike Chen, author of the newly released A BEGINNING AT THE END and 2019’s HERE AND NOW AND THEN, which was a semi-finalist for the 2019 Goodreads Choice Best Sci-Fi award. I’m also a geek culture writer with bylines in Tor, The Mary Sue, StarTrek dot com, and more. In a previous life, I was a credentialed NHL writer for outlets like Fox Sports and SB Nation. But now, I’m mostly known as the “sci-fi with feelings” guy, as evidenced by my latest novel which features a post-apocalyptic slice-of-life story as four people come to grips with their trauma after society has rebooted after a pandemic.
I talk a lot about my past endeavors on Twitter, from my time as an NHL writer to my love of classic video games. But there are a few things that only pop up occasionally. The first is that I’m a classically trained pianist, with 13 years of lessons. The second is that halfway through that time, I picked up the guitar and loved it much more, and when coupled with my love of all sub-genres of indie rock (see all the character names in A BEGINNING AT THE END), I played in bands for most of my 20s doing a mix of lead vocals, lead guitar, bass, rhythm guitar, and synths. The third is that in addition to that, I used to run an indie rock dance night in the Bay Area; it ran at the historic Edge Nightclub in Palo Alto, which had bands like Radiohead come through there early on.
Be sure to connect with Mike online!
And you're definitely going to want to check out his latest release, A BEGINNING AT THE END, which Kirkus called "A refreshingly non-dystopian end-of-the-world story..."