From Nick Wale at Novel Ideas
My buddy Mike Trahan sometimes sits and tells me stories. I like his stories. He has a style all of his own and has a life worth hearing about. Now, in the book world, there are thousands of people with interesting stories writing memoirs every day of the week. What sets Mike Trahan apart? I think the wide range of experiences, his age and literary ability, his Texan-born gift of being able to tell a story, his humility, his faith in his own abilities…. These are all important factors, and I think it’s important for people to read about Mike Trahan. It’s important for people lacking confidence to draw confidence from the Mike Trahans of the world, and it’s important for those who want to learn to be able to benefit from the experience of the Mike Trahans of the world. This is a living, breathing lesson in life from someone who has lived. Put the Marilyn Manson record away and all those rap albums that give you a headache… Go to Amazon and get copies of Mike’s books “The Gift,” “The Gift- Part Two,” and the soon-to-be released “The Gift- Part Three” and learn!
Q) Good morning, Mike!
Q) How did you find yourself writing a book? What’s the story behind your career?
A) I have been an active writer since the 1970s. I wrote articles for aviation publications, and I had a regular column in a small newspaper for about five years. It was not until 2013 that I considered writing my memoirs. My Facebook friends read some of my stories about my flying adventures and encouraged me to put them in a book. I decided to give it a try.
Q) Do you describe yourself as an author?
A) No, not yet! I have set a goal of selling 100,000 books as the benchmark for calling myself an author. When we hit that point, I will add “Author” to my list of accomplishments. Until then I don’t feel justified in doing so. Right now, I just call myself a writer!
Q) What do you think of the writing world? Are you happy being part of it?
A) This has been one of the most pleasant surprises of all. I have enjoyed meeting my fellow writers. We all have a passion to express our thoughts and share them with the world. I am very happy to be a part of it. It has given me an entirely new direction for my life and my interests.