Mike Sieminksi’s fantasy novel Paralith was one of the top ten finalists in The Great Novel Contest 2019. Congratulations, Mike!
Paralith is a coming-of-age story that follows two brothers as they chase a set of powerful stones in an epic quest. Along the way, a sheltered teenager transforms into a confident young man, unraveling family mysteries and building new relationships that heal old wounds. Paralith is filled with fantastical symbolism and excellent character development.
Mike Sieminksi lives in Westerville, Ohio, with his beautiful wife and wonderful six-year-old twins. Mike received degrees in communication and medical dietetics from The Ohio State University and is a registered, licensed dietitian. Mike knows that life is precious, and he looks for things to do that will make him a better person, whether at his job, with his family, or through his writing.
Mike didn’t like to read as a kid unless it was a Dungeons and Dragons manual, but he always knew that he wanted to write a book. As an adult, Mike was inspired by the Harry Potter series. He also enjoys classic stories by Asimov, Wells, Lovecraft, Bradbury, and Stephen King. He encourages writers to read things that inspire them.
Mike heard about The Great Novel Contest at the Columbus State Writers’ Conference and decided it was a fantastic opportunity to get his writing out into the world and gauge the quality of his work against that of other writers. Mike’s wife cheered him on and encouraged him to enter.
Prior to entering The Great Novel Contest, Mike struggled to find someone to read his work and provide objective feedback. “Submitting my manuscript to agents requires me to find a perfect agent, and then make sure I summarize my 74,000-word book in a 200-word query letter, then pray the agent requests my manuscript. I liked that the OWA contest guaranteed a reading of each manuscript, giving each one a chance,” Mike said.
If you are struggling to complete your novel, Mike has some advice. “Don’t think. Write. Sometimes the brain can interfere with your writing. Let your hands and fingers be the unfiltered translators of your brain’s deep, dark thoughts. Also, enjoy it. If you don’t enjoy what you’re writing, stop.”
Mike is currently querying agents and publishers in hopes of being published by one of the big five publishers or a small press. If Mike is unable to find an agent, he plans to look into self-publishing. “I’ve always envisioned my book being sold at Barnes & Noble, featured on the bestseller rack as you walk in the store, then made into a blockbuster movie. Dream big, or don’t dream at all, right?”
Congratulations on the achievement of rising through the pool of manuscripts as a finalist. We wish Mike all the best in his publishing journey!