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Book Banter S2 EP 85: Mikel Melwasul Interview

Updated: Oct 11, 2023

Hello My Happy People, Today I have a chat with epic fantasy author, Mikel Melwasul. The oldest of five boys, Mikel, usually going by "Mik" (as in Jagger), developed a love for fantasy at a young age when his father read The Hobbit and The Chronicles of Narnia to him before bed.

At an early age, Mik was diagnosed with minor cerebral palsy and essential tremors, for which he underwent years of physical therapy. He grew up in Maryland, D.C, and GA and was regularly moving.

Mik moved out at 18 and went on to earn a degree in criminal justice while supporting himself, working full time. He met his future wife while in college and after graduation, his wife began teaching English. Mik spent time working on a farm, then an airport, and now works with a background check company in South GA, all the while pursuing his love of fantasy and writing.

We had so much in common and had a great time chatting about our similar interests. So don't wait!. Go check out today's episode to learn more about this epic fantasy author.

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Time for some jokes ...

Q: How do bees style their hair?

A: They use a honeycomb.

Q: Why did the insect always have a bottle of air freshener?

A: He was a deodor-ant.

Q: What do spiders and outfielders have in common?

A: They both catch flies.

Q: How do fireflies stay healthy?

A: They only eat light meals.

Q: Why wasn't the butterfly allowed to go to the dance?

A: Because it was a moth ball!

Q: How did the spider find a new home?

A: He searched the web!

Q: Why are frogs always so happy?

A: They just eat whatever bugs them!

And last but not least...

Q: Why did the fly try to breathe fire?

A: Because it wanted to be a dragon fly!


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Support Our Book Banter Buddies (2023 Guest Interviews):

Mikel Melwasul, Epic Military fantasy Author (EP 85: Sept. 27th)

Liz Shipton, Part-Time Author, Full-Time Pirate (EP 86: Oct. 4th)

Sagit Schwartz, Suspense Thriller Author (EP 87: Oct. 11th)

Otto Schafer, Young Adult Fantasy Author (EP 88: Oct. 18th)

Lynne Golodner, Author, Coach, Marketing Entrepreneur & Podcaster (EP 89: Oct. 25th)

Debbie Weiss, Memoir Author & Entrepreneur (EP 90: Nov. 1st)

Michele Di Pietro, SOUPified Cookbook Author (EP 91: Nov. 8th)

Mary Carroll Moore, Women's Fiction Author (EP 92: Nov. 15th)

Leah Ann Brown, YA Fantasy Author (EP 93: Nov. 22nd)

Faith Kramer, Jewish Global Kitchen Cookbook Author (EP 94: Nov. 29th)

Brian Kaufman, Textbook and Fiction Author (EP 95: Dec. 6th)

Michelle Glogovac, THE Podcast Matchmaker™ & Publicist (EP 96: Dec. 13th)

Season Two Ender - Holiday Special (EP 97: Dec. 20th)

Season 2 Past Guest Interviews (2023):

LM Wilson, author of The Last of the Spirit Drakes (EP 51: Feb. 1)

LeRoy A Peters, author of The Edge of the World Series (EP 52: Feb. 8)

C. D'Angelo, Author of The Difference and The Visitor (EP 53: Feb. 15th)

Val Collins, author of the Aoife Walsh Books (EP 54: Feb. 22)

Kirstie Page, Visual Storyteller/Artist (EP 55: March 1st)

Lance Steen Anthony Nielsen, Author of Diamonds in the Sky Series

(EPs 56/57: March 8th/15th)

David Gibson, PhD FRSB, Author of Planting Clues: How Plants Solve Crimes.

(EP 58: March 22nd)

Linaya DiNoto, Science Fiction Author of Lithaflora: The Chrysalis: The Forever After Series (EP 59: March 29)

Kelly Florence, Screenwriter/Podcaster and Co-Author of 5 books in The Science of Series

(EP 60: April 5)

Stephanie LaVigne, Cozy Mystery Author of Headlines, Deadlines, and Lies

(EPs 61/62: April 12/19)

Nzondi (Ace Antonio Hall), horror author/actor/musician (EP 66 & 67: May 17 & 24)

Benecia Ponder, author coach and bestselling author (EP 68: May 31)

Diann Floyd Boehm, Children's Book Author/Educator/Podcaster (EP 69: June 7th)

Angela R. Hughes, Historical Epic Fantasy Author (EP 70: June 14)

Donna Edman, Photographer/Visual Storyteller/Author (EP 71: June 21)

Wendy Jo Cerna, Inspirational Author (EP 72: June 28)

Sabrina Hammonds, Kingdom Connections Podcast and Media Agency (EP 73: July 5)

Ann Charles, Mixed Genre Mystery Author (EP 74: July 12)

Natacha Deen, YA, Adult, and Non-Fiction Author (EP 75: June 21)

Kammy Wood, The Modern Wordist, Creative Writing Consultant (EP 76: June 26)

Francesca Maria, Horror and Comic Book Author (EP 77: August 2nd)

Reenita M. Hora, Author, Creative, Entrepreneur (EP 78 & 79: August 9th & 16th)

Christopher (Chris) Denmead, Comic Book Author/Podcaster (EP 80: August 23rd)

Carole T. Beers, Contemporary Western Mystery Author (EP 81: August 6th)

J.C. Fuller, Mystery Author and TikTok Queen (EP 82: September 6th)

Meliza Farndell, Author, Coach, Speaker (EP 83: September 13th)

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Dianne Burckhardt, Historical Fiction, Crime Thrillers, & more (EP 84: Sept. 20th)


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