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Author Michael J. Hultquist

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Author Michael J. Hultquist
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Michael J. Hultquist is an author, screenwriter, web site development professional, and total chili head. As a screenwriter, his feature film script VICTIM was produced in 2007 and is seeking distribution. He has also optioned 2 feature film scripts in 2009. His latest novel, OFF TRACK, was published through LilleyPress.com. He also operates JalapenoMadness.com and ChiliPepperMadness.com, where he expounds on jalapenos, chili peppers in general, and markets his cookbooks. You can learn more about Mike at michaelhultquist.com.

Thank you Michael for taking the time to answer some questions for us! Please tell us about your current projects.
 
I have quite a few projects and I'm usually all over the board, mostly because I have so many creative passions. I just finished a screenplay for my managers and they are now shopping it around to production companies. They're also actively working with a different production company to produce a different script completed last year. The process for acquiring financing is a long one. I also just released a new cookbook through my web sites called "Jalapeno Poppers by Jalapeno Madness". People are snatching it up!
 
Have you received any awards for your work?
 
My script, VICTIM, placed very high in a competitive THRILLS AND CHILLS script competition, though it didn't win. I also placed recently in a short horror story contest.
 
Do you also do speaking engagements, or seminars?
 
Not yet! I guess you never know.
 
How has your education, profession or background helped you in your writing career? Or conversely, how has you writing success helped you in your  profession?
 

I have a Master of Arts in English with focuses on technical communications, linguistics, and literature. It has helped me tremendously in both my writing and professional career as a web developer. Any level of study in the communications field will translate to bonuses for your clients and your audience.

From a technical perspective, I'm able to help my clients speak more clearly to their customers, which translates to greater sales. My work has seeped into my screenwriting. A recent script finds two brothers using the Internet to stream illegal fighting to the masses where they take bets, etc.  My work has also helped quite a lot in my research, but also in getting my work out there. I have a very good understanding of SEO and have been very successful in getting my cookbooks out there.
 
What kind of other works (books, scripts, poems etc.) have you had published?
 

I've published a couple novels, many short stories, four cookbooks, and have many feature film scripts out there with one film produced and two optioned recently. Like I said, all over the board. I'm also working on a Halloween Anthology through Gravesidetales.com that should be out this year.
 
Is there any aspect to your profession that gets you in touch with your readers directly?
 
I use my web sites for this. I regularly get comments through the JalapenoMadness.com or ChiliPepperMadness.com sites. I put out newsletters for both sites. I also use YouTube.com and various social media sites for the recipe work.
 
What will your next project be?
 
I'm outlining a new screenplay idea right now. I'm also half way done with another script and am planning the next recipe book for the web sites, possibly a sauce and salsa focus.
 
Who inspires you on a personal or business level?
 
I love seeing the work out there, and also helping people, affecting people. Whether it's launching a new web site or watching the sales of a new book go up, I love getting the work out there and hearing back from readers and clients.
 
What can you recommend for writers who are just getting started and are trying to make a name for themselves?
 
First, hone your craft. Second, get out there and network, interact with like-minded people. However, be sure to hone your craft first. Networking and submitting substandard work too early could sabotage your career. Make sure the work you're producing is as good as it can be before you hang it out there.
 
How did you get started as a writer?
 
I started as a kid when I entered a Young Authors contest. I wrote a series of mystery stories. A friend of my mother bound it and wrote my name on the spine. I was hooked.
 
What does a typical work day look like for you?
 
I run my business at Quist Interactive (www.quist.net) during normal business hours, maintaining a number of web sites and clients, then I work on my other projects in the evenings or on weekends.
 
Have you ever had a mentor, or someone who sparked your passion for writing?
 
My screenwriting mentor is Scott Myers, one of my screenwriting instructors at UCLA. He's a great teacher and still answers my questions.
 
Who is your favorite writer/author?
 
I have no favorites, although I often cite Joyce Carol Oates as one of the most eloquent authors I've ever read.
 
Finally, a most important question: what was the last song you sang out loud when you were by yourself?  :)
 
"You Found Me" by The Fray. =)

Thank you Michael! We wish you great success with your feature film script Victim!

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