Le Moyne College English Professor Mike Raicht is the author of the successful series The Stuff of Legend, which made the New York Times bestseller list in 2010. Raicht is pictured above at a book signing event with his son, Austin, a few years back.
continued Though his works differ in target audience, setting, and plot, Raicht’s work remains connected. “Wild Blue Yonder, which is super violent, has the same family ideas and a group of survivors living together trying to keep each other alive,” Raicht said when comparing Wild Blue Yonder to The Stuff of Legend.
Raicht urges writers to mimic his consistent diligence, even when it is inconvenient. Whenever he thinks of something he’d like to include in a new project, which can range from an event to an entire conversation, he stops and writes it down. If he’s driving, he pulls over the car.
“The important thing is to grab the inspiration when it is there,” he said. “A lot of times you think, ‘Oh, I’ll remember what I was thinking about because it was such a good idea,’ but then an hour later, life has happened, and you’re lucky to remember you had an idea to begin with.”
The Stuff of Legend is available at Barnes & Noble.
Caroline Mahony is an editorial intern with the Eagle Observer.