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Monday, October 22, 2018

What Makes My Heart Beat Faster by Michell Plested - Guest Post & Giveaway

About Michell Plested

Little is known about the origins of Michell as they are shrouded (or at least covered with a moth-eaten towel) by the mists of time. What is known is largely obscure and often contradictory. Oh and he sometimes speaks about himself in the third person.

One thing that is known to be absolutely true is he is a perfectionist (a nice way of saying anal) as can be evidenced by the number of iterations it took him to write the first chapter (completely) of his first book (31).

On the subject of his first book, Michell is always more than happy to discuss, often to excess, the trials and tribulations he has faced. He usually misses those visual cues to shut-up or change the subject (like the audience falling asleep or simply walking away).

Michell is an accomplished speaker and has hosted several writing workshops for schools and school-age children 9 – 18. He has presented for the past three years at the Calgary Young Writers’ Conference and he has presented at When Words Collide in Calgary for several years. He has also mentored several amateur writers, many of whom are now professionals themselves.

A few fast (note I didn’t say interesting) facts:

1. Michell’s name is pronounced “Michael” not “Mitchell” or “Michelle” as many folks are obliged to do (he has been known to respond to Mike just to avoid confusion)

2. Michell’s preferred genre is anything with adventure (for writing) and Sci-Fi/Fantasy for reading

3. Authors of influence: Anne McCaffery, Dave Duncan, Elizabeth Moon, Elizabeth Haydon, Tad Williams, Douglas Adams and Terry Pratchett

4. Michell currently has eight completed books (Mik Murdoch, Boy Superhero, which was released August 1, 2012, Mik Murdoch: The Power Within which was released August 1, 2014 (and a third Mik book that with his publisher): a fantasy novel for adults, a SciFi Comedy (GalaxyBillies available at and, Boyscouts of the Apocalypse (available on Wattpad)/Scouts of the Apocalypse available in print and eBook from Evil Alter Ego Press, a YA mystery/adventure and Jack Kane and the Statue of Liberty which is a YA Steampunk Superhero mashup co-written with JR Murdock (available now from Champagne Books). He has also written several short stories in multiple genres (some of which are published – see My Work).

5. Michell was one of the founding members of the amateur writing group “Starting Write Now”

6. Michell started podcasting in January 2009 with ‘Get Published’, a podcast for wannabe published authors (just like him)

7. Michell completed writing and podcasting the Science Fiction Comedy podcast titled “GalaxyBillies” in October, 2010. He enjoyed the project but constantly asked himself what he thought he was doing by taking on two podcast projects at once. The jury is still out as to whether it’s funny or not although some (3) people seem to like it. It is available on both iTunes and

8. Michell has an alter-ego. His alter-ego is a fellow by the name of Jeffrey Hite (AKA The Dark Lord). Michell and his alter ego are co-editors of A Method To the Madness: A Guide To the Super Evil and the now-available book, Dimensional Abscesses.


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What makes my heart beat faster 
Guest post by Michell Plested

When I was a kid, I grew up on a farm many kilometers from the nearest neighbour. That meant no street lights and only a single yard light near the house. Only the stars and, if I was very lucky, the moon to light my way as I walked to the barn to do my chores each night.

That by itself wasn’t enough to make me walk faster. What really did it to me was my vivid imagination. I spent hours every week reading books of all kinds and the stories in those books fired all sorts of thoughts. Combine that imagination with the low howl of the coyote and/or the rattle of branches in the wind and you had a great recipe for fear.

I found it wasn’t what I saw that scared me either. What always made me jump was the unseen. Maybe a shed door would slam off to the side in the wind or a barn cat would run across my path. Something would fly close overhead or I would walk into a spiderweb that had been spun between buildings. Those things always gave me the heebie-jeebies.

I won’t lie, there were plenty of times I ran all the way back to the house from my chores.

That fear of the unseen still manifests itself now that I’m an adult (at least on occasion). The last time was out at my mom’s cabin. The basement of the cabin is wood. The floor is wood, the walls are wood. There is a space under the floor that is directly above dirt. There are a couple places where there are no boards on the floor giving direct access to the dirt.

I was sleeping in the basement not so long ago. We had gone to bed after watching a scary movie and I was thinking about it. That’s when I started to hear noises. Nothing loud, mind you, and nothing from any specific place. Just ordinary house sounds.

But to my active mind, it could very well have been creatures coming up through those small holes in the floor. Creatures that would, almost certainly, creep into my bedroom and eat me as I slept.

As you might imagine, sleep was rather slow coming and, not before I got up to check those very holes.

I am very happy to report there were NO monsters. 

That fear may also be why I love writing so much. Imagination. It simply cannot be beat. If I’m reading about another world, my mind is populating it with creatures, places and situations. As a writer, I get the chance to provide the story for the reader to make their own.

How awesome is that?

And that is also something that makes my heart beat faster; giving my readers the framework to populate and enjoy their own stories. To make their own hearts beat faster.


One very lucky reader of With Love for Books will receive digital copies of the complete Scouts of the Apocalypse series by Michell Plested.

The winner will be notified by email and has 3 days to respond. All of our giveaways are international.


  1. Great guest post. The unseen always makes me jump too.

  2. fantastic post from a great author! x

  3. Loved this guest post.Awesome books!

  4. A lot of things make me jump, I'm not at all keen on surprises so things like ghosts, noises in the dark etc are all to be avoided if at all possible.

  5. Knotholes in wood? I used to fill them with paper, chewing gum, anything when I was little :)