Have you met award-winning novelist and screenwriter Michael Phillip Cash? Here’s your chance! He’s witty, funny and talented and we would just love to meet him in person one day. His latest book, The Witches Protection Program, brings you a little bit of everything: supernatural fun, science fiction, and even comedy.
Here’s what it’s about ... A disgraced law enforcement agent has one last chance to prove himself and save his career when he’s assigned to a 232 year old secret government organization. His first assignment - uncover a billion dollar cosmetics company’s diabolical plan for global domination through witchcraft.
Now, on to this super fun e-Interview with author Michael Phillip Cash ...
Where did the idea for this book come from?
This is a little embarrassing, but I was in the bathroom, and I was glancing at my wife’s trashy magazines. There was a caption called Wetless Protection Program, and I thought it said Witches Protection Program. Then I thought to myself, what a great idea for a script/book. Now we’re here, and WPP is a best-seller on Amazon. Funny how ideas find you.
Tell us briefly about the book family. Do they reflect your family or a family you know?
I really enjoyed beating out the relationship between Wes and his father, Alastair, Morgan and Bernadette. Without giving too much away, I will focus on Wes and his dad’s relationship. Every son, or at least every son that I know, wants to impress his dad. He wants his approval. I know I still do. I wanted Wes to have this longing to ensure he got his dad’s approval, but I didn’t want him needy. I wanted the conflict to be that all Wes was looking for his dad to say he was proud of him…and it doesn’t really come until the end.
Have you ever met a witch?
I’m married to one. I’M KIDDING!! Sorry honey, didn’t mean that, you’re amazing. Anyway, I believe there are witches, and yes I feel that I’ve met them. Most of the psychics I’ve been to (I’m a big psychic guy) admitted they were witches. I 100% believe them.
You have written about ghosts and witches - what other supernatural topics do you want to write about in future books?
Bigfoot. Again KIDDING! I’m right smack dab in the middle of my monster masterpiece, MONSTERLAND. If Jurassic Park and Superbad had a baby, you’d have Monsterland. A teen must save his date in a theme park whose main attractions – real vampires, werewolves and zombies – descend the place into chaos. I’ve been having a BLAST writing this one.
Do you ever have bad dreams about any characters in your books?
Nope, never, not once. I love each and every one of my characters like they were my children. I’ve nurtured them, fed them and played with them. No bad dreams whatsoever.
Should law enforcement work with the supernatural to solve crimes?
Absolutely! Actually, that sounds like a good novel idea. I'm going to put that on the “future story list”. Thanks!
Where did your interest in the supernatural come from?
I’ve been watching supernatural movies my whole life. I firmly believe in an afterlife and writing about the supernatural just came supernaturally (ha!) to me. It’s hard to pinpoint one time when I got interested in the supernatural…the love for it has gone as far back as I can remember.
Is your house haunted?
Um…yeah. I’ve been living with ghosts for ages. I just moved into a new house about nine months ago. It’s insanely quiet here at night, I mean like you can just hear frogs and crickets and that’s it. In the middle of the night I’ll hear ghostly conversations in my hallway. I smile and just go back to sleep. I think they’re awesome, whoever they are.
Do we have secret government organizations?
Come on. What kind of crazy question is that?! Of course we do!!! Something has to protect the aliens, monsters and witches.
How do you write books so quickly - do they “come out” all at once?
I actually start all my books as a screenplay. It gives me a great starting point and allows me to beat out my story & characters. Then, after the script is done (which usually takes 2 to 3 weeks), I plow through the novel. When I’m typing, and I know the course of where I have to go, it’s like my eyes roll back in my head and I go to this place where the characters talk to me. The story plays in my mind and my fingers don’t stop for hours. It takes me another couple weeks, sometimes three to complete a novel. I prefer writing in the evening hours, when the kids and wife are asleep. During the day, it’s all about research and development. Google...love it.
Why do you put humor in books that are science fiction and fantasy?
Humor is the key to life. If you’re not laughing and having fun, even if you’re writing a fantasy book, you’re not loving life. Fantasy is that…it’s fake, it’s fun, you make up your own world with characters. It's important to have some funny quips in there. I’m watching Lord of the Rings right this second with my son. This is the ultimate Fantasy story of all time. The writers brilliantly added in humor in the most perfect moments. Like when Gimli and Legolas are competing how many Orcs they kill. Genius. And very funny!
Reviewers want a part two - is it coming?
Beating it out as we speak. I have some wickedly cool ideas for WPP Part II. Don’t want to spoil anything, but I have some bigger, badder witches ready to wreak havoc on our beloved Witches Protection Program. But in the meantime, I gotta finish Monsterland. My monsters want to meet my readers…
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