Michael Okon talks Monsters

The PJV: First, thank you for doing this! We’re a big fan of all things Monster on the PJV. But, please settle the great debate – which monster is your top contender for Monster of the year?

Michael: Thank you for having me! That’s a tough question to answer, because I love all monsters.  However, with the release of Monsterland, I can easily say werewolves take the top honors.  Or maybe its vampires.  I’m also loving The Glob – my version of the blob in the sequel.  Choosing a top monster is like choosing children, I can’t do it!

The PJV:  Would that choice differ if you actually became one of those monsters? (What monster would you prefer to become if you had the choice before being “turned?”)

Michael: I don’t believe so. Every monster has a weakness. But, if I had my choice to ANY monster, hands down – The Invisible Man. One of the best monsters I’ve ever seen on film.  Godzilla would be pretty cool too.

The PJV:  Can you tell us a little bit about your characters and what or who inspired them?

Michael: Monsterland is an ensemble cast.  We have Wyatt Baldwin, a shy teen who is trying to fit into his new home in Copper Valley, CA. He loves zombies. Then there is Melvin, a werewolf fanatic who is living on the fringe of society. And then there is Howard Drucker who has a crush on Keisha, the prettiest girl in school. Howard has an affinity for vampires.  These three boys are an amalgamation of me as a teenager.  Everything they are going through, being bullied, feeling uncomfortable in your own skin, asking a girl out, is exactly what I went through. These feelings came out onto the page.

The PJV:  What is your favorite scene (without giving away too much) from MONSTERLAND?

Michael: The Werewolf River Run. Think Splash Mountain and Pirates of the Caribbean but instead you’re being chased by actual werewolves.

The PJV:  R.L. Stine or Christopher Pike?

Michael: Stine.  All day.

The PJV: Why did you decide to write a horror novel?

Michael: I’ve always wanted to write a monster novel but I could not settle on which monster to write about.  I was binge watching a movie marathon with my son and asked myself, why isn’t there a theme park with zombies. I called my brother and told him the idea. He said it has to be werewolves, vampires and zombies.  I started writing that night.

The PJV: And finally, if you could recommend to our audience a scary movie they must watch for the Halloween season, what would it be?      

Michael: The Shining.

Thank you so much for your time!

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Interview & Giveaway with MONSTERLAND Author Michael Okon

Monsterland on October 2, 2017
ISBN: 1614755949
Genres: Paranormal
Pages: 232
Source: Publisher
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Welcome to Monsterland, the scariest place on earth.

When world markets are decimated by a crippling plague, philanthropist, and billionaire businessman, Vincent Konrad decides to place monsters in a theme park setting to promote education and tolerance. Copper Valley is chosen as the primary site for the park in the United States. 

Wyatt Baldwin, a high school senior is dying to go to the opening and when he lands special passes to the park, he and his friends are expecting the experience of a lifetime. 
After all, in a theme park where real zombies, werewolves, and vampires are the main attractions, what could possibly go wrong? 




 

Title: MONSTERLAND

Author: Michael Okon

Pub. Date: October 13, 2017

Publisher: WordFire Press

Pages: 214

Formats: Paperback eBook

Find it: AmazonB&NiBooks, TBD, Goodreads

 

About the Author

About Michael

Michael Okon is an award-winning and best-selling author of multiple genres including paranormal, thriller, horror, action/adventure and self-help. He graduated from Long Island University with a degree in English, and then later received his MBA in business and finance. Coming from a family of writers, he has storytelling in his DNA. Michael 

has been writing from as far back as he can remember, his inspiration being his love for films and their impact on his life. From the time he saw The Goonies, he was hooked on the idea of entertaining people through unforgettable characters.

Michael is a lifelong movie buff, a music playlist aficionado, and a sucker for self-help books. He lives on the North Shore of Long Island with his wife and children.

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