The author at the Bunratty Folk Park, Ireland. And no, he doesn't smoke (any more).

The author at the Bunratty Folk Park, Ireland. And no, he doesn't smoke (any more).


M.S. (Michael Stephen) Hund is an American writer and publisher of speculative fiction, primarily in the genres of science fiction and fantasy, often blending elements of the two with occasional forays into psychological horror and the paranormal. After a nomadic childhood and young adult life, he has settled in rural central Pennsylvania with his wife and two daughters.



Independent? Isn’t that just another way of saying self-published?


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So why are you an “independent” writer/publisher?

I'd be lying if I said I didn't pursue the traditional publishing route for my fiction, but that pursuit was infrequent and often bloodless. I managed to collect a few honorable mentions in contests and a few personalized rejection letters (among the masses of cookie-cutter, form-letter ones). But when I participated in online writing workshops and critique groups, I found my stories generating interest and excitement. 

Still, it took seven (or so) years of toiling in the blog-mines during the aughts, building confidence in my use (and sharing) of words before I began entertaining the idea of self-publishing fiction. Even then, it took a kick in the pants in the form of our second child's birth in 2012 to really spur me to anything resembling action. 

Mind made up, I spent 2013 polishing the best of my work thus far and getting my ducks in a row for a 2014 debut. I'm still learning as I go, but it's been an intense and rewarding process thus far, and it would take a heck of an offer to get me to surrender the control I have as an independent. (And, predictably, I have severe control issues. Don’t all authors?)

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You say you're an independent publisher, so what's the deal with Jebesyl Press?

Jebesyl Press publishes just one author: me.

Maybe it seems like a cry for help or a lame bid for author legitimacy, but it's really an homage to my wife and daughters, using bits of each of their names and smashing them together. I couldn't be doing what I do without them, and with writing often being such a lonely endeavor, putting their names on everything I publish both helps to confirm that I'm not alone and that they're a part of everything I write.

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So who are some of your favorite writers/authors?

Ian McDonald, David Mitchell, Neil Gaiman, William Gibson, Neal Stephenson, Kurt Vonnegut, Frank Herbert, Lord Byron, William Shakespeare, J.R.R. Tolkien, Gene Wolfe, Haruki Murakami, Jonathan Wilson, Phillip K. Dick, and many others that just aren't coming to mind at the moment (I’m staring at the spines lining my main bookshelf to help compile this list).

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Desert island scenario. Five books. Go!

Constantly changing, of course, but as I write this…Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings (what? It’s one book; the publisher split it into a trilogy, thus launching a thousand fantasy trilogies, so don't blame me), the Complete Works of William Shakespeare (okay, I’m cheating a bit here, but we do have three different versions of the complete works in our household, so I’m taking it!), Frank Herbert’s Dune (not going to cheat here, and the first book is the real gem anyway), Ian McDonald’s River of Gods, and Keith Roberts’ Pavane.