Mikael Lacas is a young and up-and-coming writer who is currently in high school. He lives in Central Pennsylvania with his younger brother and parents. The Tears of the Emperor is his debut novelette. If you have any comments or questions, you can email him at lacasauthor at gmail dot com
● Where are you from?
I was born in Anchorage, Alaska, and I currently live in Central
● Why do you write?
Writing these books combines my two passions, history and writing, plus it
is fun to theorize these scenarios.
● What do you write about?
Alternate History is the main thing that I write about, it is how history can
change and what that changed world looks like.
● How old are you?
I turned 17 on October 6th
● What are obstacles that come in the way of writing?
I find that turning a concept into thousands of words can be tricky because I know how it will end, so the story is building up to the end.
● What’s the most memorable thing asked/said by a reader about your work?
When someone asks if I can sign their copy. It is so humbling to say.
● How long have you been writing?
This is my first book, but I have been writing since I was 11.
● When did you first realize you wanted to become a writer?
I have always wanted to write, I started writing short stories since I was 11
and was determined to publish them, I still have them and I may rewrite
them and publish them.
● What is your work schedule like when you are writing?
I have a chart with how much I had before today, a goal, and how much I
have written at the end of the day. The word amounts can be anywhere from 200-1000.
● What you bring to the table that other writers do not?
I am much younger than most writers, so some may say that that brings
something new to the table.
● How long does it take to write a book? (if you’ve written one -published or
It can often take a while, however, I am always writing other stories while
writing others. So I may publish more often.
● Do you have suggestions on how to become a better writer?
Write, with experiece you will get better. Reading is also a good
● What challenges do you come across when writing/creating your story?
Finding a plausible and entertaining divergence in history. As well as a
unique setting and time.
● What do you think makes a good story?
A story that is inviting, that you cannot stop reading just to see what will
● What does your family think of your writing?
My parents both think its a good idea, my mother even helped promote
● Do you see writing as a career?
No, I see myself writing more books, but I want to pursue a career that is not in writing.
● Do you have anything specific you’d like to tell the readers?
You should write a book, it was a simple procedure thanks to the folks
and Amazon KDP, and it is also good to use Word or Google Docs or
whatever you use.
● When did you first consider yourself a writer?
When I had published the book, I did as before that other things had caus
me to stop writing as much.