The Enquiring Hitchhiker Interviews Michael Z. Williamson

This morning the Enquiring Hitchhiker brings you an interview with military science fiction writer Michael Z. Williamson or as some call him “Mad Mike”. Mr. Williamson was brought to my attention when this site came online because he had written a novel called Freehold. The reader who brought him to my attention thought we had named the site after that novel (actually we named the site for Heinlein’s Farnham’s Freehold).


The Hitchhiker asks…

Question 1. Our reader base runs from the ultra conservative right to the most anarchistic libertarian. Does your writing speak to any particular audience?



They’ll certainly like some of what I have to say, though the libertine social content of some of my cultures may be a bit eye opening. On the whole, though, I’m very much a determinist and unabashed supporter of the free market.


Question 2.You wrote your second novel with John Ringo, who we interviewed last month. From looking at your work and his you both seem to be type “A” personalities. Was it difficult working together?



Only a little. He handed me an outline and told me to have at it, then did some minor edits afterward. I did run into a snag needing some backstory, which he first told me to make up myself, then realized it was his universe. But there were no disputes over characters or major incidents.


Question 3. I get quite a bit of grief for my online avatar with me holding my .45 Ruger Vaquero. It has become something of a matter of pride to continue using it since it offends so many people I dislike. I don’t think I have seen a picture of you where you are not carrying a pistol or rifle of some sort. Do you get the same kind of response to your photos and does your interest in firearms help flesh out your stories?



No, my readers seem thrilled that I use, enjoy, and know about weapons. My daughter sometimes gets flack over her pictures with her pink M4 carbine, though, from age 7-14.


Question 4. What does the future hold for you and your work? Are you working on anything new that may interest our readers?



I’m hoping to shortly contract The Redneck Zombie Brigade, and a contemporary Holmes story, and an historical fantasy air combat story.

Question 5. Tell us a little about your political affiliation and beliefs.



I believe government is necessary. I also believe its necessary functions are few–defense, courts, certain infrastructure (an Interstate, for example, is pretty much impossible without eminent domain and large investment). Governments are supposed to help us live together in civility, not live our lives for us.


I could be wordier, but I think some things are best said short.




Thank you for the interview.




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