Check out this spotlight for author Eric Malikyte!
You can find all his links furthest down the page, and don’t forget to check out his books
1. Hi! Welcome to my humble blog of all things bookish! I would like for us to start by getting to know you. Give us a short bio, please!
Hi, I’m Eric Malikyte, a neurodivergent author of five books including, Echoes of Olympus Mons, Mind’s Horizon, Neo Rackham 001: Ego Trip, Suleniar’s Enigma, and Suleniar’s Enigma Books 1 and 2, The Man Without Hands and The Rise of Oreseth.
I’m a professional content writer, video editor, illustrator, and more. I’ve written for websites and YouTube channels like TopTenz, Biographics, and Geographics, and my work has appeared in several anthologies, one of which is being published by Crossroad Press soon.
I also run a couple different small YouTube channels that I upload to whenever I have time.
2. To get to know you just a little bit better, I’d like to ask you some this or that questions. Answer 5 of these and explain why you chose this or that, or maybe an entirely different alternative!
Winter, spring, summer or autumn?
I write all year round, but my favorite time is during the fall, especially around Halloween. I’m big into writing Lovecraftian horror, and something about the leaves and weather changing really gets me inspired to scare the crap out of people.
Cat or dog?
Cat. I’ve got a short hair tabby and she’s my best non-human buddy, she follows me all around the house, screaming at the top of her little kitty lungs for pets and food. Any time friends visit, out of our two cats, she’s always the favorite. Though, my wife’s cat, Wash, is probably the softest critter you’ll ever attempt to snuggle. I say attempt, because he will bite you. He and I have developed a special relationship, though, and now he lets me pet and snuggle him. Poor guy has anxiety though, so he gets over stimulated pretty easily. Dogs are great, but I’m allergic to some breeds, and I know they’d be a little too much for me to handle with my busy schedule, so I prefer to live vicariously through the friends of mine who have dogs.
Tea or coffee?
Coffee. I often joke that I like my coffee the way I like my metal, “black.” But really, that’s a lie, cause that’s probably the one metal genre I don’t listen to. I pretty much only drink it black, though.
Morning or evening?
Evening. I’m not a morning person at all. I worked a job for seven years that forced me to be up at 4:00am, and that was murder on my social life.
Library or museums?
That’s a tough one, because I love our local science museum, but since I’m a bit more inclined to visit that place over the museum of fine arts or history, I’d say library. Books are my thing, and the San Bernardino Public Library in Southern California is where I got to experience a ton of great authors in speculative fiction and comics that weren’t readily available at Barnes and Noble or Borders (yes, I realize I’m dating myself by mentioning that store, but hey, they were awesome back in the day).
Plotter or pantser?
This is another tough one. I would say I’m a hybrid between these two options. I’m really good at remembering conversations. I might have trouble with what someone was wearing or what color their eyes were, but I can usually accurately recall the details of a conversation. I’m also ADHD. And while I do take meds for it, there are some “symptoms” that are really hard for me to control. One of those is doing tasks that I find annoying, and creating an outline is definitely one of those tasks. For some reason, though, I’m able to hold loose outlines for about 10 different projects at a time. I love the feeling of discovery when one of my characters or the world itself surprises me.
3. When you look for books to read, what trope or type of story will always catch your attention?
People often say you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, but generally that’s the first thing I notice. If I see cyberpunk imagery, tentacles, Lovecraftian symbols or labyrinthine alien ruins, or pretty much any cover made for a Neil Gaiman book, I’ll usually pick the book up and check it out.
Beyond the cover, the prose has to grab me in the first ten pages.
I love to be taken on a journey. I’m a sucker for a good detective story, who done it, Lovecraftian horror featuring strange, alien landscapes or cities, and modern cyberpunk that mixes the old and the new to create something unique.
Oh, any hard science fiction like Andy Weir’s Project Hail Mary, I definitely need more experiences in my life like that!
4. What do you write? Tell us about your current projects and the latest happenings!
I write in the genres of cosmic horror, Lovecraftian occult horror, dark fantasy, and Cyberpunk. I’m currently working on finishing up a first draft for “Suleniar’s Enigma Book 3: The Transit of the Kultari,” two irreverent and intense cyberpunk detective thrillers to follow up my first short cyberpunk book “Ego Trip,” and several Lovecraftian horror novels, including a follow up to my first cosmic horror novel “Echoes of Olympus Mons.”
5. What is your most recent release? Give us a short presentation, cover, and a link for where to buy it!
That would be The Rise of Oreseth, the second book in the Suleniar’s Enigma series. The first two books are free if you’ve got Kindle Unlimited. This series contains just about everything I love about fiction, minus anything you might find in cyberpunk.
The best way I can describe it for potential readers is that it’s the Lovecraftian bastard child of Avatar: The Last Airbender and Game of Thrones. The characters and relationships are rich and complex, the action will leave you on the edge of your seat, the enemies will terrify you, and the world building will suck you in.
Two worlds entwined. A journey across time and space.
Two men who will do anything to resurrect what they’ve lost.
A boy who yearns to be accepted by his people, and an Eldritch secret that haunts his past.
The last war is on the horizon.
Fifteen processions ago, Sage’s father left the City of Yce Ralakar soaked in blood as the result of a failed coup.
With otherworldly enemies searching for the remnants of the once great Sulekiel Empire, the High Elder has declared that all Sulekiel youth must enter a deadly test of strength and otherworldly power to prepare for that war.
Now, with his father’s legacy constantly being thrown in his face, Sage of Yce Ralakar must prove himself in the Trials. But, will strength and power be enough? Will the Council of Elders let him succeed? Or will his father’s crimes haunt him for the rest of his days?
I also painted the covers myself, and recently redesigned them after spending most of lockdown refining my skills. Here’s the link to the series page:
6. What real-life inspiration do you draw from, and what are your primary fictional sources of inspiration (books, authors, films, music, etc.)? Name a few!
For characters, I usually look pretty close to home. Friends both close and distant, family—estranged or otherwise—and even public figures to a certain extent. I’m a big fan of realistic dialogue, to a point, since I’ve traveled all over the country, I have a habit to listening to the way people talk, their slang, idioms, and sentence structure. As for subject matters and plot, I’ll look at various things like scientific papers, developments in technology and the way the internet continues to evolve, politics, urban legends, the policies that mega corporations are enacting, etc.
As for fiction, my influences spread across pretty much every storytelling medium. As a kid I was exposed to way too many R-rated science fiction and action flicks thanks to my father dragging me along to most of the movies he wanted to see. So stuff like Alien, Total Recall, Terminator 1 and 2, and True Lies all had a profound early impact on my sensibilities. I was also fanatical about Batman and especially Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (TMNT is still something I feverishly collect).
Other than that, my dark fantasy and action oriented stuff is heavily influenced by Roger Zelazny’s Chronicles of Amber, Neil Gaiman’s American Gods, Neverwhere, Anansi Boys, George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire, China Mieville’s Perdido Street Station, Lovecraft’s At the Mountains of Madness, The Void (a fantastic Lovecraftian horror film that doesn’t explain a damn thing), as well as Dragon Ball and other Shonen Manga.
My cyberpunk is influenced by the original Ghost in the Shell anime film, Armitage III (despite being dated and a total mess), Fallout: New Vegas, Blade Runner 2049, and of course, the excellent Akira manga and film (though the manga is the best way to experience that story).
And of course my cosmic horror and Lovecraftian stuff is inspired by The Martian, Project Hail Mary, analog horror channels like Local 58 and Gemini Home Entertainment, and even Bram Stoker’s Dracula and other epistolary novels, because nothing makes a horror novel feel more real than journal entries, video, or audio recordings.
7. What is your writing routine? If you have one, give us the run-down!
Well, given how hectic my schedule can be, I try to squeeze in writing sprints whenever possible. I’m a big fan of breaking my productivity down into 25 minute intervals, followed by 5 minute breaks. After four of those, I’ll give myself a fifteen minute break where I can watch a YouTube video or grab a snack. (If you don’t know what a Pomodoro timer is, I highly recommend you look into it). Sometimes I’ll start my day with a series of Pomodoros, but some weeks are so busy that I’ll only get one day to really focus on it. I’ve been trying to match the productivity I had back in 2019 and 2020, but it’s really hard sometimes. I still average about 2,000 to 5,000 words a week or more, but it’s not what I was doing a couple years ago.
8. If you could go back and give yourself one piece of advice as you started out on the path to becoming an author, what would it be?
Hire someone to navigate marketing. I tried doing it all myself when I first started out, and while I did okay, marketing is a skill unto itself. I got overwhelmed really quickly, and the publishing landscape and trends change so quickly, it’s really hard to keep up sometimes. If I had done that one thing in 2019, I’d be in a very different position today. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy being where I am now, but I kind of lucked out in a couple of major ways.
9. Last but not least: where can we find you? Drop those links!
You can find my books on Amazon and on major publishing sites like Smashwords, Barnes and Noble, and more. Readers can also sign up to my weekly newsletter for a free copy of my first novel, Echoes of Olympus Mons.
Eric Malikyte’s Amazon Page:
Echoes of Olympus Mons:
Apple Books: https://www.draft2digital.com/book/579569
Mind’s Horizon: https://books2read.com/u/mZjkgE
Ego Trip: https://books2read.com/u/bzo0rL
News Letter Singup Freebie: https://dl.bookfunnel.com/1cw07o2uyb
You can also find me on Facebook and Twitter, YouTube as Science Get, Storyrant, and of course, my analog horror series, The Office of Extra-dimensional Intelligence (OEI).
Science Get: https://www.youtube.com/c/ScienceGet