Michael McGuire talks An Untoward Induction

“An Untoward Introduction” is available on Amazon and iBookstore. (Courtesy of Michael McGuire)

Michael McGuire, a 2002 Union graduate, recently published his second fantasy novel, “An Untoward Induction.”
The book begins an upcoming series within the Kingdom of Brogonough concerning a middle-aged private detective named Elliot May, whose career is on the downhill side of its peak.
Once a promising youth, May is now a washed-up alcoholic struggling to finish his memoirs. He reflects on his previous 30 years of dungeon-crawling misadventures of very high (and sometimes very low) stakes.
McGuire edits and self-publishes his books in eBook form, sold on Amazon, iBookstore and other online retailers. He also published the first in a seven-book young adult fantasy series, “The Way of the Redeemer.”
At Union, McGuire lived in a now extinct theme house, Coffee House, the area now usurped by Tri-Delta. He graduated a math major and creative writing minor, but admitted in a Skype interview that he got more enjoyment out of his extracurriculars.
In his free time, he climbed up the ranks of the Concordiensis when he wasn’t busy writing, as he called it, “awful poetry.”
He also involved himself on the Union College literary magazine, “The Idol,” which returns this Spring.
As a self-publisher, one of McGuire’s biggest issues is exposure. While the eBook form may allow your novel global availability without the constraints of shipping hassles, it is easy to lose your book within the massive eBook library, where exclusive titles dominate.
McGuire hopes to see his work on bookshelves soon, and will be going to the Fiction Pitch conference in New York City this April in hopes of finding a publishing company to put out a physical copy of “An Untoward Induction.”
But promotion cannot take priority over the creative process. Writing and editing a novel presents a serious time commitment to an evening job.
It is one thing to produce consistent, creative content, but it’s another to make it readable. McGuire describes two aspects of editing: the first, eliminating grammar mistakes; the second, acknowledging plot holes and character inconsistencies.
“It can be difficult introducing a character and then abandoning him, then bringing him back at the end,” he stated.
This is where having another set of eyes can be helpful, but McGuire finds the time to crank out his stories anyway.
Despite working as a Project Manager during the day (per his website, cited below), “An Untoward Induction” is his second book in three years.
The book opens with a deliriously drunk Elliot May waking bleary-eyed in the middle of the night. He stumbles out of his barstool and, with the blunt encouragement of an Old Bastard, puts the pen to paper.
McGuire has an eye for the fantastical. You can find his short stories and full novels on michaelmcguireauthor.com.


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