Monsterland: An Interview with Michael Phillip Cash

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Michael Phillip Cash Talks About Monsterland and a Cameo as a Zombie

This is a new spin on the monster theme. How did you come up with an idea like this?
I was watching Jurassic Park with my son and I was pondering what new type of story I would like to write. I knew I wanted to do a monster-in-the-house story but nothing was floating my boat. It literally popped into my head when the T-Rex came out of its pen. I thought to myself, wouldn’t it be cool if there was a theme park full of werewolves, vampires and zombies. With Jurassic Park still playing (and my son quietly watching), I opened my laptop and did a brain dump on a Word Doc. I literally wrote down everything in this one awesome Theme Park — Monsterland. It turned out to be a cross between Goonies and JP, which are two very influential films in my life. They represent important times for me.

Which character was your favorite to write?
Easy – Vincent Conrad. I love writing antagonists, but he was just thrilling to write about, especially because I had the actor in mind I wanted to play him. I loved his mannerisms, I loved the way he spoke, I loved how evil he was. But I wanted the readers to not be so sure about him. I still wanted him to be likeable, sort of like Hans Gruber in ‘Die Hard’. He’s an evil mastermind but incredibly fun to watch at the same time.

If you could interact with any of the monsters in your book, which one would it be?
Werewolves, hands down. I found their characters fascinating to write. Number one, they were neutral in the real world. They didn’t bother with any one, they were born with their “disease”. They really only care about their own, but not in a selfish way. Then, I thought, what would be the coolest ride I can put them on without making it cheesy. The Werewolf River Run was the first thing I wrote about in Monsterland. That ride was a given. Think Splash Mountain in Disneyland on steroids…major major steroids…and being chased by a pack of werewolves on the drop. So awesome!

Other than your own, what is your favorite book(s) of 2015?
I’ve read so much this year. If I had to pick a few (could never pick just one!) I’d choose ‘Star Wars: The Screenplays’ by George Lucas and Lawrence Kasdan, ‘Dogma: The Screenplay’ by Kevin Smith, ‘The War of Art’ by Steven Pressfield, ‘Grain Brain’ by Dr. David Perlmutter, ‘Eat Bacon, Don’t Job’ by Grant Petersen, and ‘The Martian’ by Andy Weir.

What are you looking forward to reading in 2016?
I actually just got in the mail today, ‘The Golden Bough’ by Sir James George Frazer. George Lucas read this 700-page tome when he wanted inspiration for ‘Star Wars’. It’s the bible on Folklore and Mythology. I can’t wait to start!!

Is there anything about writing that you find particularly challenging?
Honestly no. I love to write, and when you love what you do, there really isn’t anything you find wrong with it. Could I say I get writers block? Sure. That may be the most challenging thing, but this happens very rarely. My stories write themselves. Read ‘The War of Art’ and you will know exactly what I’m talking about. Resistance is the worst thing but thankfully, I’ve banished this from my life a long time ago. I have an idea, I beat it out with notes, I write my script, then I write the novel. Do or do not…there is no try…said Yoda.

What is your favorite flavor of ice cream?
Great question! I don’t eat sugar, haven’t eaten it in over four years, but if I really had to choose a flavor, it would be, hands down, no contest…gallons and gallons and gallons of mint chocolate chip. Seven days a week, twenty-four hours a day, no sweat. Mint. Chocolate. Chip.

 

About the Book

Monsterland Michael Phillip CashMonsterland

Written by Michael Phillip Cash Welcome to Monsterland – the scariest place on Earth. All guests can interact with real vampires in Vampire Village, be chased by an actual werewolf on the River Run, and walk among the dead in Zombieville. Wyatt Baldwin, a high school student and life-long movie buff is staring bleakly at a future of flipping burgers. Due to a fortuitous circumstance, Wyatt and his friends are invited to the star-studded opening of Monsterland. In a theme park full of real vampires, werewolves and zombies, what could possibly go wrong?

Monsterland contains solid ingredients for a horror feast: stupid teens, smart teens, a little challenged romance, family dynamics, action, blood and gore. Will civilization ever be normal again? You’ll have to read it to find out. We dare you!”—The Children’s Book Review

Ages 14+ | CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform | 2015 | 978-1517180676

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About Michael Phillip Cash

Michael Phillip CashMichael Phillip Cash is an award-winning screenwriter and novelist. He’s written eleven books including the best-selling Brood X, Stillwell, The Flip, The After House, The Hanging Tree, Witches Protection Program, Pokergeist, and Battle for Darracia series. Michael resides on the North Shore of Long Island. He writes full-time with his screaming monsters in the background.

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Monsterland Tour Dates

Thursday November 12 2015
The Children’s Book Review

Tour Kick-Off & Giveaway

Tuesday November 17 2015
The Review Wire
Book Excerpt from Monsterland

Tuesday November 24 2015
SciFiChick.com

Guest Post written by Michael Phillip Cash

Tuesday November 26 2015
Suz Reviews

Author Interview with Michael Phillip Cash

Sunday November 29 2015
The Cover Contessa

Guest Post written by Michael Phillip Cash

Tuesday December 1 2015
DCC Mealy

Author Interview with Michael Phillip Cash

Wednesday December 2 2015
Once Upon a Twilight

Book Excerpt from Monsterland

Saturday December 5 2015
The Fairview Review

Monsterland Book Review

Saturday December 12 2015
The Children’s Book Review

Monsterland Book Review

Monday December 14 2015
Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers

Monsterland Book Review

Tuesday December 15 2015
Inspired by Savannah

Author Interview with Michael Phillip Cash

Thursday December 17 2015
Batch of Books

Author Interview with Michael Phillip Cash

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2 Comments

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    Adriana @ BooksOnHerMind
    December 18, 2015 at 12:59 am

    Werewolves would be the most fun for me too. I’ve always liked wolves since I was a kid. I don’t know why they are just awesome.
    George Lucas read The Golden Bough for inspiration? Umm… why I have not heard of this before?
    Nice interview Dena!

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      Dena at Batch of Books
      December 18, 2015 at 2:38 pm

      I know, right? Who would have guessed?

      This was such a fun interview! I loved his answers.

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