I’m Michael Santos, an author of hard-boiled crime fiction. I’m from North Carolina, where I’m currently a candidate for an MFA in Creative Writing at Queens University of Charlotte.
As an avid reader, I love the complexity of characters in literary fiction–they often have interesting pasts, are multi-layered, and struggle with deep personal problems. But, many of the story lines in literary works feel too mundane for my taste. I want a little more action when I pick up a book.
I read a lot of crime fiction and think it has the opposite issue. Especially in the bestselling mass-market novels, the characters are often one-dimensional and boring. But the plots are intricate and fascinating.
So, I decided to take the characters of literary fiction and put them in crime stories. My people still work through deep personal problems, but they also shoot each other. And they all chase the same bag of money. It’s really about the cash.
If you like edge-of-your-seat thrillers with characters who make you think, then look forward to my debut novel… coming soon!