Michael Makai is the author of “Domination & Submission: The BDSM Relationship Handbook.” He is an unapologetically atypical White Knight Dominant with over thirty-five years of experience in both D/s relationships and the BDSM lifestyle.
He was born in Japan and raised in Hawaii and California, where he worked as a waiter and bartender to pay his own way at the University of California, Riverside. He has lived all over the United States, and spent ten years living in Europe in the Rheinland-Pfalz region of Germany, near the Franco-German border. He currently resides near Wichita Falls, Texas.
Mike spent twenty years on active duty in the United States Army, serving in a wide variety of positions, to include paratrooper, Ranger forward observer, NATO liaison officer, research development test & evaluation NCO, military doctrine instructor, and NCO academy school chief.
In addition to being an author, Mike’s civilian vocations have included bartender, freelance writer, magazine publisher, web site designer, internet service provider, small business consultant, banker, stock market day trader, marketing director, graphics designer, and online retailer.
Mike’s hobbies and preferred pastimes include koi ponds, music, alpine skiing, beaches, martial arts, travel, foreign languages, and Scrabble.
His kinks are eclectic.
What inspires you to write?
I like to make a difference in people’s lives. It’s good to know I’ve helped someone through their difficulties, and relationships can be very, very difficult.
Tell us about your writing process.
I write every day, from about 9 am til about 9 pm, which short sanity and sustenance breaks, seven days a week. It isn’t always good writing, but that’s what the delete button is for. 🙂
I am a combination of an outliner and a fly-by-the-seat-of-my-pants writer. I outline first, but then I skip all over and simply write about what I’m in the mood to write about.
What advice would you give other writers?
Just write. Keep writing. Don’t judge the quality of your writing now, just get it written first, then tweak it, then judge it by pretending it was written by someone else.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I decided to be a self-publisher because I like to be the captain of my own destiny. IF I succeed or fail, it will be on my shoulders alone. No excuses! 🙂
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I foresee geometric growth in the eBook area, with hard-copy books becoming more and more of a niche market for hardcore bibliophiles. I also believe the internet culture has spawned a culture that believes that all information (including books) should be free, and this is going to be increasingly problematic in the future. I have personal friends who don’t seem to think there is anything wrong with downloading pirated books, for example. This is troubling to me.
What genres do you write?
Non-fiction, Human Sexuality and Relationships
What formats are your books in?
Both eBook and Print