Hi! *waves* I'm Michele and I'm a writer. I'm also a mother of 3, a wife to a totally
amazing man, a dog owner, sports fanatic, book devourer, chocoholic and Mexican
food eater. I am beyond blessed to get to spend my days playing around on my PC and
occasionally creating stories for you to read.
Mostly I'm messing around with my peeps on FB & Twitter and
listening to Spotify ;)
inspired you to write your first book?
I have been writing since the 7th grade on and off. It was a coping skill when my family moved from Maine to Alabama (yea, talk about culture shock!)
After getting all 3 kids into school last year I started debating on what to do now. I knew I wanted to stay at home for my kids but I also debated on going back to school to get a degree in something I loved 'just in case' I ever needed it. I should tell you that I married my high school sweetheart at 19 and worked while he went to school then got pregnant at 22 so I set aside my school and thoughts of writing and working in journalism for my family. Not that I'm complaining it's been the best (and hardest) job of my life! I should also tell you that my husband has been begging me to write for years and years. He is ridiculously supportive of me!
So in November 2012 I had the chance to spend the weekend with another Indie author, Nancy Straight, and hang out at YA'll Fest in Charleston SC. That weekend proved to be my changing point. I quizzed Nancy on the ins and outs of her writing and how things worked when you self pubbed. Her answers and support were the kick that I needed to come home sit down and write. The rest, as they say, is history.
did you come up with the title, Never Let You Fall, for book one in you’re
The Prophecy of Tyalbrook series?
The title actually comes from song inspiration. 'Your Guardian Angel' by The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus. It has been a favourite song of mine for years and it is the epitome of Xander. It just fit perfectly.
Skye, your main character, in five words.
Scared, scarred, strong, learning, human
was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books?
I'm horrible at sticking to one tense! Seriously, I flip flop all the time one minute I'm writing present the next I'm in past. Thankfully I have an amazing editor, Stacy Stanford, who fixed that stuff for me.
Have you ever done anything strange or weird in the name of
You mean besides all of the staring I do. I'm a people watcher and I am forever zoning out and staring at random people…it drives my husband crazy.
long does it take you to write a book?
If I'm doing what I'm supposed to do I would say 3
months. Nancy Straight gave me the great
advice to write 2,000 words a day. Give
or take I am trying to stay on that track.
My goal is to release 2 more books this year.
you share a little of your current work with us?
I can share a little about them. I am hard at work with book two in the series
right now. It has stumped me a few times
though. Skye is finding her inner
warrior princess, Xander is on a quest and for those of you who wanted more
magic and paranormal/fantasy your wish is coming true.
I'm also toying with a Contemporary romantic comedy that I
is your work schedule like when you're writing?
I try to write during the day while the kids are in
school. Again, can you say blessed!
you have any writing rituals?
Snacks and music.
That's it. Well and I always wear
yoga pants and a comfy oversized sweatshirt.
book are you reading now?
Well, I'm heading to UtopYA Con at the end of June so I am trying to catch up on all of my YA PN books and authors before I get the chance to meet them. Currently I am reading Becoming by Raine Thomas. Just finished Raksha by Frankie Rose- AMAZING!
new author has grasped your interest?
Again, so incredibly lucky to have so many friends in the
Indie community. There are so many
amazing authors out there to read and discover.
you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
I am just so incredibly blown away and amazed by the fact
that I can even say 'I have readers'. I
mean seriously, thank you! Thank you
from the bottom of my heart that you have taken the time to read my book,
followed my blog, liked my FB page. My
writing BFFs and I have a theme song- I've got a Dream from Disney's Tangled-
and you guys are making it happen.
in your fridge right now?
LOL, food. One thing
you will always find in there…cheese, olives and pickles.
song do you sing at the top of your voice every time you hear it?
What Makes You Beautiful by 1D. My oldest is 14 and not a 1D fan so my
daughter, who is 7, and I love to sing it and act all crazy in the car whenever
it comes on just to bug him. ;)
than writing, what special or unusual talent(s) do you have?
I can say the Peter Piper tongue twister super-fast
did you last go on holiday?
Too long ago! We were supposed to go camping for Memorial Day weekend, but hubby had bronchitis so we cancelled. My trip to Nashville in June will be a mini vacation for us though, just me and the hubby *woot woot*
If your house was attacked by feral aliens, and they were zapping your house with their Über super bombs, what five items
would you save?
Ahhh! Well assuming that it's obvious that I would save my family and dogs, I would grab: My laptop, my kids 3 stuffed dogs (they each have the same version that they have had since birth), a journal of my relationship with my hubby from high school, picture albums from high school and my first born (you know before digital photos came around)
If someone wrote a
biography about you, what do you think the title should be?
Still that girl…
I use the below as my 'about me' on a few social sites and it fits my life. Once upon a time a little girl was born with dreams of reading, writing, dancing, singing, shopping, caring for all and laughing all of her days. I am still that girl!