Mike Baron is one of those writers who always seems to be writing! I first got to know his work on Badger and Nexus and it went from there to Marvel and DC and more. While he still writes comics, he’s started writing novels as well, such as Whack Job which I reviewed on my site a couple of years ago. We should all be so prolific…and talented.
-Bill Nichols

What inspires you to create and keeps you going?
Sometimes I want to work with an artist, so I look at his, her, or its strengths, and write to that. But mostly it’s because I get an idea that crawls into my brain like an alien parasite.

Do you have a set routine?
Get up, feed the dogs, write. Every morning.

What kind of output do you try to achieve?
One to two thousand words a day.

What inspires you WHEN you create? Music? Noise? Silence?
I work in silence. Or try to.

Who was the first comic book creator that influenced you to pursue this?
Carl Barks.

When did you realize you could follow this path yourself?
Right away.

What do you find to be a challenge in creating?
Balanced dynamics. A proper mixture of action, thought, and worldview.

What else do you have to learn?
I don’t know what I don’t know.

What keeps you motivated to get better?
The desire to entertain, first myself, then others.

Can you turn your brain (creativity) off (and on)?
Yes.

Booster Shots

What advice do you have for aspiring creators?
Write! Every would-be writer has a million words of shit clogging up his system. You have to get it out before you get to the good stuff.

Do you ever worry about running out of ideas?
No.

How do you handle the slow times?
By developing new projects.

How do you feel about the industry?
It’s there.

What would you say is your crowning achievement thus far?
Whatever I’m working on, which right now is The Water Bug, a horror novel.

 

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