How long have you been writing, Michelle?Â
I started writing in 2009 when my youngest was just a baby. Iâ€™d write while she took her naps. In these last four and a half years Iâ€™ve written seven books and Iâ€™m currently working on the eighth.
Amazing you have time. Tell us where you were born and where do you live now.
How do you know the idea is good enough to write a book about it?
Thatâ€™s a great question. Iâ€™ve never been asked that before. I like it. I guess Iâ€™d have to say that I write stories that I would be excited to read. I thrive on creating a story that offers something new to the reader.
Nicely said. Who has made the greatest difference for you as a writer?Â
Other writers. Without a doubt. Trying to make a name in this industry is difficult but when you reach out and start networking with others who are in the same boat as you, it can be very inspirational. Suddenly the journey isnâ€™t quite so lonely or daunting.
I agree with youÂ completely. What is the name of your book?Â
Tell us more about it. Perhaps a back cover blurb.
Trying to escape a horrific past, Shyla has immersed herself in life as a tough cop in the bustle of LA. When the case of a lifetime takes her back to her hometown of Redding, she is thrown into a world of organized crime, deceit, and bitter reminders of her childhood.
As Shylaâ€™s path crosses that of Brennan, a troubled sidekick to the ringleader sheâ€™s intent on taking down, she discovers he has a past even darker than hers and she is forced to re-evaluate everything she believes about herself, her job, and what she knows about right and wrong.
Can she face the demons of her upbringing and learn to trust again? Her life will depend on it.
Is there a book trailer for your book?Â
No, but there will be. Yay!
Do you have a favorite character, why?Â
Thatâ€™s like asking which child I love best. I created them. I love them all for all their quirks and flaws and the beauty which they bring to the story.
Yes it is. What kind of impact do you expect your works to have in the reader’s lives?Â
I expect readers to see a little bit of themselves in my stories. I purposely create flawed characters who are struggling with personal challenges so that my readers can relate to them and possibly even gain a little insight or inspiration as they follow the characters on their journey to overcoming those difficult life events.
Do you have any advice for authors trying to break into the industry?
I always give the same answer to this question.
One- Join a critique group so that you are continually improving your skills. Being a writer is a continually evolving process. Do you want to write, or do you want to write well?
Â Two- Learn the industry and what it takes to market the book. You thought writing the book was the hard part? Wrong. Getting it into the hands of your readers is the hard part. You must work hard every day to promote your finished product. Bloggers are your best friend. I love them!
I had no idea and was frankly overwhelmed and even disheartened when I began to understand what promoting my book really meant. It is work, work, work. That said, itâ€™s all worth it and once you put yourself out there you will meet a lot of incredible people, other writers, reviewers, agents, publishers, editors, etc.
Three- Never. Give. Up.
Â You are so right there. What are your new years goals?Â
To become a bestselling author. High expectations? Maybe. But Iâ€™m going for it anyway.
Where can we find your book?Â
It will be available on Amazon, linkÂ to come soon.