Michael Poeltl, a Multi-Genre Author
Had I considered becoming an author? Early on, yes. I wrote and bound my own books with needle and thread, glue and staples as a child. I’d always written in those days, often pairing it with my love of visual arts by illustrating each book. I created my own superhero universe and made dozens of comic books. Then, writing took a backseat as I decided to focus on the visual arts.
In high school, I became interested in the great impressionists, not the least of which was The Group of Seven, a compilation of Canada’s greatest talents at the turn of the 20th century. They still inspire me; a wave of inexplicable creativity envelopes me when in the presence of their paintings. Being Canadian myself, I am drawn to the wild places they portray; an avid outdoors enthusiast, I kayak, hike, mountain bike, ski, and appreciate nature in every season.
I graduated from Sheridan College’s Interpretive Illustration course and worked as a bartender for many years as I tried to cut it in the freelance world. Nothing seemed to stick. Then writing returned with a vengeance. A manuscript I presented to a new friend who had been traditionally published came back to me edited and in book form. Self-published! The idea that I could be a writer became a serious consideration, if not a reality.
I reworked the novel, taught myself the processes behind self-publishing, and submitted the book to Amazon with great expectations. This was 2009, and eBooks were relatively new. I was able to find my audience and decided to write two more books in the series, completing a trilogy. This happened quickly, and I was rewarded with a number of reviews, good and bad, but the word was getting out.
When my marketing couldn’t keep the momentum up, I realized a new book and then another. My personal life was in shambles, and I was writing in part for my own sanity. More books came, and I continued to self-publish – skipping the rejection letters I’d received earlier on in my burgeoning career.
By 2022 I’ll have published 14 books ranging in genres, with two trilogies, a series, and many standalone books. It has been my absolute joy to rediscover the love of writing. To revisit those childhood freedoms where you could do anything and be anyone. I’ve also merged my love of visual arts with writing again, including illustrations in a few of my young-reader books.
Discovering your purpose is a massive step in realizing your best life. Gifting myself the right to be an author has afforded me incredible growth as an artist and as a human being. I write with a renewed devotion to offer stories that inspire and entertain, stories with depth of emotion and original plots.
I’m truly grateful to those who have helped me realize my childhood dream of becoming an author, from editors to beta readers right up the ranks to those of you willing to read my books. It’s been an enlightening journey, and one I’m far from done with, to experience the endless stories which present themselves from the ether. The more you write, the more you’re gifted to write. I believe anyone who wants to be a writer can be a writer if they do the work and love the process. We all have a story in us, and from my experience, the more stories you tell, the more you’re bound to discover.
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