Michael Okon

LitPick has partnered with Michael Okon and The Children’s Book Review to bring you an interview with author Michael Okon. His book, Monsterland, is the perfect Halloween read. Be sure to check out the giveaway at the end of the interview.


***How did you get started writing?

I’ve always loved writing, but I’ve really been writing since I’ve been 15 years old. I took to writing screenplays in high school and most of college. I started writing novels and self-publishing them.

***What inspired you to write Monsterland?

I was watching a movie marathon with my son one weekend in 2015. It was the classics – The Goonies, Jaws, Back to the Future, Jurassic Park. I wanted to write a book about monsters, but I couldn’t come up with an idea. I was watching these movies when it occurred to me, why isn’t there a theme park with zombies? I called my brother and told him my idea. He said, no. He said, it has to be werewolves, vampires AND zombies. I started beating out the storyline that night.

***Do you have a favorite book/subject/character/setting?

I loved writing about the rides. I have a great fear of certain rides in different theme parks, so I wanted to explore these fears in the different attractions. The Werewolf River Run is like Splash Mountain and Pirates of the Caribbean on steroids. I loved creating the bayou setting on this ride.

***What advice do you have for someone who wants to be an author?

Create a map of your story before writing. I feel that beating out the arcs and stories of each character beforehand gives me a roadmap to follow. If I don’t map it out, I will be lost.

***Where is your favorite place to write?

My den. At night after my wife and kids go to sleep. TV is on mute in the background – generally The Travel Channel or Food Network.

***What else would you like to tell us?

Monsterland is coming out Friday, October 13th, 2017. Yes, my first published novel about a monster theme park is coming out on Friday the 13th. How awesome is that?


Michael, congratulations on the upcoming release of Monsterland. Thank you for sharing your inspiration and advice with our readers.



Enter for a chance to win a Monsterland swag bag; plus, there are loads of runner-up prizes, too!

One (1) grand prize winner receives:

· A Monsterland Swag Bag

o A copy of Monsterland, signed by Michael Okon

o A signed poster

o A t-shirt (Large)

o A wool hat

o A fidget spinner

o A wrist band (entrance)

o Pencils

o An exclusive collectors item

Ten (10) winners receive:

· A copy of Monsterland, signed by Michael Okon

Ten (10) winners receive:

· A Monsterland t-shirt

Ten (10) winners receive:

· A Monsterland hat

Ten (10) winners receive:

· A Monsterland fidget spinner

Age Range: 14+

Giveaway begins October 1, 2017, at 12:01 A.M. MT and ends October 31, 2017, at 11:59 P.M. MT.

Giveaway open to residents of Canada and the fifty United States and the District of Columbia who are 13 and older.

Prizes provided by Michael Okon





Written by Michael Okon

Publisher’s Synopsis: Welcome to Monsterland—the scariest place on Earth.

Wyatt Baldwin’s senior year is not going well. His parents divorce, then his dad mysteriously dies. He’s not exactly comfortable with his new stepfather, Carter White, either. An ongoing debate with his best friends Melvin and Howard Drucker over which monster is superior has gotten stale. He’d much rather spend his days with beautiful and popular Jade. However, she’s dating the brash high-school quarterback Nolan, and Wyatt thinks he doesn’t stand a chance.

But everything changes when Wyatt and his friends are invited to attend the grand opening of Monsterland, a groundbreaking theme park where guests can interact with vampires in Vampire Village, be chased by werewolves on the River Run, and walk among the dead in Zombieville.

With real werewolves, vampires and zombies as the main attractions, what could possibly go wrong?

Ages 14+ | Publisher: WordFire Press | October 13, 2017 | ISBN-13: 978-1-61475-594-4

Available Here:

Amazon - http://amzn.to/2ycr5Zj

Barnes and Noble - https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/monsterland-michael-okon/1126998959



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 is 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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