Tuesday, April 27, 2021

Michael Anderle Interview - How To Be A Badass Vigilante

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Michael Anderle was born in Houston, TX. A very curious child, he got into trouble — a lot. What to do with an inquisitive mind when he was grounded? Read!

For his first 20 years, he mostly read Science Fiction and Fantasy. In the last 10 years, he has enjoyed Urban Fantasy and Military Fiction. With this background, he created The Kurtherian Gambit series, a well-selling and fan-loved collection of stories. Fans have propelled these stories beyond Anderle’s wildest imagination and Anderle says they should get all of the credit for sharing with friends, family and occasionally the random person on the street.


Publisher : Lmbpn Publishing (February 10, 2021)
Language : English
Paperback : 274 pages
ISBN-10 : 1649714467
ISBN-13 : 978-1649714466


“Once again, I find myself in a reader’s paradise with this ‘Bad Ass’ series!” Alicia G., reviewer

“A different twist to the fantasy world. The main character is feisty, fun, loyal & honorable. A theme I love in Michael’s stories.” Kathleen R., reviewer

“A number of unexpected plot twists form a novel solution. Action galore as usual.” Kevin S., reviewer

“It’s extremely hard to find such an interesting and exciting author who not only writes intelligently, but also provides top-rate plots, characters, and excitement in their stories.” — Jim N., reviewer

Greatest thing you learned at school?
Trying to understand social interactions more than anything else.
While I learned a lot of educational subjects, how to work with people was the highlight.

Where were you born and where do you call home?
Born in Houston, Tx and call Las Vegas home.

Tell us your most rewarding experience since being published.
When I receive heartfelt stories from readers about how the books I’ve created have helped them through rough times. Perhaps while at the hospital if they are stuck in bed, or during COVID the last year or sharing fun snippets with spouses and other loved ones.

Tell us your latest news.
Excited because in addition to German, my books are now available in Spanish, Dutch and soon will be available in French and Italian.

Can you tell us when you started HOW TO BE A BADASS VIGILANTE, how that came about?
In 2015, I relesed my first story called Death Becomes Her about a young woman given a chance to escape death. But the method had a few negatives. One of them was becoming a vampire, the other was she had to give up any relationship going forward with her dad.

I released three books in November 2015, and a fourth in December of that year.

How to be a Badass (Witch / Vigilante / Detective) came about one night while I was lying in bed at our Veer residence on the strip in Vegas.

I was thinking back in time to the non-fiction ‘How To’ books from decades before. Such as “How to Learn to Be a Programmer in 21 days’ or ‘The Idiot’s Guide to being a Stock Player’ books.

Back in the day, I enjoyed the concept (even though I didn’t read the books) and thought the branding was smart.

So, I wondered what it would be like to have that kind of book, a ‘How to be a Badass’ and then insert some of my favorite type of Urban Fantasy or genre books.

So, we started with ‘How to Be a Badass Witch’ and went forward from there to How to Be a Badass Vigilante.’

What do you hope for readers to be thinking when they read your novel?
That they are engaged with the characters and enjoying themselves. While I want the characters to have agendas, I don’t personally have an agenda for a reader. Occasionally, the situation will bring up a subject which annoys me and ONE of the characters will invariably say something, sure. But I don’t go into the stories with a pre-determined message.

During the first trilogy, my mother’s passing away was on my mind, which influenced Ms. Kim’s situation and inability to get into the hospital system for treatment.

Which of your characters do you feel has grown the most since book one and in what way have they changed?
Certainly, the main character Kera has grown the most. Some of that growth is natural as she has to deal with issues life throws at a person. However, some of it is emotional as she deals with the repercussions of affecting another person in a negative fashion.

Sometimes, the easiest solutions in the present make you deal with answers down the line and the growth from those mistakes make a person different in years to come.

Hopefully for the better.

If you could introduce one of your characters to any character from another book, who would it be and why?
I’m going to answer this as ‘some other character other than one of my own’. I’d like Kera to meet David Weber’s Honor Harrington. You have (in Honor) someone what has lost most of her physical body (or rebuilt / regenerated) and has come out all the wiser for it.

What would Honor tell Kera? What advice would Honor provide Kera as a young woman about what it means to deal with so much responsibility?

What was the single worst distraction that kept you from writing this book?
I had an unexpected opportunity to visit the hospital and all of the doctor visits as a follow up. My focus was a bit scattered during those months!

  • 1. Mercedes Lackey The Last Herald Mage series
  • 2. John Conroe Demon Accord Series
  • 3. David Weber / John Ringo Empire of Man series
  • 4. Nathan Lowell Golden Age of the Solar Clipper Series
  • 5. Illona Andrews Kate Daniels Series
  • 6. Glen Cook Garret PI Novels
  • 7. R.A. Salvatore The Icewind Dale Trilogy
  • 8. Sheri S Tepper The Complete True Game series
  • 9. Robert Asprin The Myth Adventures
  • 10. Laurence Dahners The Ell Donsaii series
What is something you think everyone should do at least once in their lives?
Produce something in an area of passion or a very strong hobby. I’ve read since I was in elementary school as my passion. I am now fulfilled in my professional career as an author. I would suspect that many people could do well taking up their passion as an avocation… Maybe just try it once ;-)

Best date you’ve ever had?
My wife Judith and I met at an Italian restaurant (that has since closed.) I thought the location was in the middle between her work offices in Orange County, California and where I was staying up in the Arrowhead Mountains.

It might have been in the middle as the crow flies, but my ignorance about California traffic meant that I didn’t realize that we would arrive there at least an hour apart. At that time, the travel app features and traffic updates didn’t exist on our phones.

Once I was able to talk her out of taking a ‘right turn to Las Vegas’ she met up with me and the dinner was simply a wonderful experience, including a magician which went from table to table performing just two feet away.


If you could go back in time to one point in your life, where would you go?
The month before I got the news my grandfather had a head-on collision while driving home from a dialysis meeting. I’d encourage my grandmother to have him taken to a hospital to have his heart checked.

Which incident in your life that totally changed the way you think today?
The fan support and acceptance of my first book allowed me to understand that many of the ‘truisms’ of the publishing industry are not rock solid. There are many opportunities in publishing that are not connected to how books were published just ten years ago.

  • 1. I would prefer to re-read stories I’ve loved in the past than take a chance on unknown stories. If I have already re-read any of the past stories too often, I’ll take a chance on new stories.
  • 2. In order of preference: Big Red Soda, Root Beer / Coke (tied), Sweet Iced tea (no lemon) and finally Kool-Aid.
  • 3. I’ve never been drunk. I like Drambuie, but in small quantities.
  • 4. After 150,000 miles and more of flying around the world, I still get itchy during take-off and appreciate when the wheels hit the ground.
  • 5. I abhor the feeling of getting out of a pool, and the wind cuts like a knife and I am just freezing cold.
  • 6. I’d just wear jeans and a black t-shirt if I could get away with it.
  • 7. I prefer to work in a restaurant or bar.
  • 8. Mexican food is my favorite followed by Chinese. Southern comfort food is what I miss the most when overseas.
  • 9. I was one of the speakers for a Microsoft Developer Days sharing new technology to an audience of about 800. All I got was a cool black shirt and free software.
  • 10. I’ve was in the top 100 best-selling authors on Amazon for over two years running before Amazon quit reporting author ranks.
What are 4 things you never leave home without?
Keys, phone, airpods, wallet. ;-)

Where did you go on your first airplane ride?
Las Vegas. And it FREAKED me out. I was sure we were going to crash. While I travel (non-Covid) on airplanes frequently, there is always just a little hesitance when the plane takes off, and a little jubilation when the wheels touch down.

First Heartbreak?
A classmate named Amy in third grade. I sent a letter ‘Do you want to be my girlfriend?’ with a yes box and a no box. The rejection was crushing. I have a hard time with rejection to this day.

I’m sure that is just my personality, not specifically something to do with that first heartbreak!

Which would you choose, true love with a guarantee of a heart break or have never loved before?
The wise choice is true love… my heart says to answer never loved before. Getting over that heartbreak is not so easy.

Virtutis gloria merces

Translation: Glory is the reward of valor

When given power, what would you be willing to sacrifice for the greater good?

Fed up with playing the normal game, recent university graduate, ex-cum laude, ex-soccer star, ex-popular and mostly broke Kera MacDonagh changed her life when she read 'How to be a Badass Witch' and shockingly, the spells worked.

She barely made it out of the first few weeks of on-the-job training before her powers got her in trouble.

Hunted as a magical vigilante, the Kims sacrificed to keep her safe.

Kera hunts criminals in the darkness of LA, but will she be able to hide the signature of her powers, too?

Having made the decision to come clean with a boyfriend, she must now live with the results.

With everything happening, Kera is balancing her sanity as well. Will magic be enough to help her come out on top?

Of course, she hopes. Because the other way lies madness.

You can purchase How To Be A Badass Vigilante: Book One at the following Retailers:

And now, The Giveaways.
Thank you MICHAEL ANDERLE for making this giveaway possible.
3 Winners will receive a Copy of BADASS VIGILANTE Book One by Michael Anderle.

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