Getting to Know the Author: Mike Hartner

ImageImageWelcome, Mike. Let’s learn a bit more about you …



What is your genre? Why did you choose it? 

Historical Fiction.  My muse chose it, since it conforms to the story that I’m writing.


Do you work on more than one manuscript at a time?

 No.  Normally I work on one story. I may have the names of the main characters for the next one or two stories, but nothing is done with them while the first story is being written


Do you work with a writing/critique group?

 No.  I have a critique friend, and a loose group of people close to me, but my editor is my main critique.

Can you remember your first reading book?  Not Really.  It might have been Harry (the dog) or it might have been something else very young.


Do you nibble on snacks while writing? If so, what is your chosen treat?

 Not always.  During afternoon writing sessions, my favourite snack would be cheese and crackers.  But normally I write at night, which gives me no chance to snack.


Tidy desk or a bombsite? Describe your writing area with us.

My desk is always a bomb site. I try to clean it off about every two weeks.  The days mail, the household receipts, and the magazines of interest all end up on my desk.  So, that is one writing area.  Usually, I work around the mess.  My other writing area is my evening bed.  Nothing messy about it, just comfortable.


ImageAre you published in the traditional manner or self published? Share your journey.

I’m self-pubbed.  I felt that I wanted to tell the story, and that it was better for me to work on my time schedule.  I’d talked to many agents who liked the story, but it wasn’t quite what they wanted to represent.  So, I published myself.   And then, the work started.  Marketing, scheduling signings, etc..  And working while trying to write book two.  Busy.


Who would you say have been the three most influential authors in your reading/writing life?  Dumas, Hugo, and Greeley would be my three choices.  i love the classic authors, and Dumas and Hugo certainly wrote about historical France.   Greeley is a Fantastic author, and I have enjoyed all of his books.


What advice would you like to share with other writers/authors with regard to preparing a manuscript? Write the story.  And when you feel you are finished with it, find an editor who is willing to act as a developmental editor for you, and LISTEN.  My developmental editor was fantastic in helping me make the story better, more prepared for publication. You can talk to him at


If the movie rights to your novels are purchased, who would you like to play your main characters? I think Maria is best played by Julia Roberts or Angelina Jolie, I think Bart falls into the Sean Connery genre, or maybe George Clooney.  But, I’d be thrilled and honoured whoever was chosen.


I was on my way to the supermarket, when … Do you have a tale to tell relating to an everyday, boring event?


About three months ago, I was on my way home from the US Post Office.  I Live in Vancouver, BC and have a box office in Blaine, Wa.  Normally, it’s a 45 minute drive, and a border crossing.  This particular Friday, return traffic was bad.  I crossed the border, and what would normally take 45 minutes at most took me over 2 1/2 hours.  During that time, I talked to a critique friend on the phone and was able to deposit the completion of Book Two and most of Book Three  into his transcripts.   Some days it just happens that way ! 🙂

Ah, Vancouver. I have been there, and my beloved son lives there. I was a Brit in awe of the place last year! Saving to return. Thanks for sharing your story. What a great way to spend wasted time!

About Glynis Peters Author

I write Historical saga style novels featuring mystery and romantic twists. HarperCollins/HarperImpulse publishers of my novel, The Secret Orphan. I live in the UK, in a coastal town in Essex. When I am not writing, I enjoy making greetings cards, Cross Stitch, fishing and the company of my little granddaughters. I also write Victorian novels under my own name, Glynis Smy,
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5 Responses to Getting to Know the Author: Mike Hartner

  1. Margot Kinberg says:

    Glynis – Thanks for hosting Mike.

    Mike – Thanks for sharing a bit about your writing life. I couldn’t agree more about the value of having a skilled, honest person to serve as developmental editor to help make a story better. Authors get so close to their stories at times that it’s hard to ‘back away’ and really look at the story’s quality and ways in which it can be enriched. I wish you success.

    • Mike Hartner says:

      Thank you Glynis for posting this interview. It’s an honor to work with you.
      And Thank you Margot for your kind words.
      You’re right about editors. They are great to work with, and when you find one that fits, just about anything is possible

  2. Good to meet you, Mike!

  3. What a stuff of un-ambiguity and preserveness of valuable familiarity concerning unpredicted emotions.

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