I love discovering new authors. When I put a call out for mystery/thriller writers to interview, Michelle answered the request, so here she is. In reading her responses, I discovered we had one odd thing in common. She loves oatmeal! I can’t think of many people who would say that. Let’s find out more about Michelle and her writing.
Michelle, welcome! Tell my readers how your best friend would describe you in 20 words or less.
Good question. I should ask. Hmm, I wonder if she would tell me the truth. I just texted her and here’s what she responded: attentive, caring, supportive, and positive. (Wow, thanks Cindy.) I’ll add these: sensitive to others, an empath, energetic, driven, and a multi-tasker (aka “flitterer.” Is that a word?).
Ha! I think you exceeded 20 words, but who’s counting? Are you a full time writer or do you have a day job?
I’m blessed to be able to write full time, but to me it’s not a job. It’s so fun! But sometimes it’s more difficult to stay focused on writing since I think I have so much time—or I think I do. If I don’t have a word count every day then I flounder.
I understand what you mean. Do you have any great extravagances?
Tennis two-three times a week, or whenever I feel like playing. It can get expensive.
No doubt, if you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
I wish I required less sleep, like four hours a night. There are so many stories to write that I never feel like I have enough time to tell them all. I need eight hours, and I typically get them. Lucky me!
Lucky indeed! Sleep is something I never get enough of. Is there a profession other than your own you would you like to try?
News reporter, but I would stutter. Or hem and haw. Or chew my lip on live TV. I didn’t say I’d be good at it, but it would be fun to try and meet lots of interesting and inspiring people!
Agree. What is one thing you want to do before you die?
Leave a letter or write a small book for each one of my kids and grandkids that will inspire them to believe in themselves, to help them reach their full potential. Oh, and secretly, I’d love to write a novel that would appear on the big screen some day. Hey, I believe in dreaming big.
And you should. Do you have any favorite curse words you’d like to share?
I probably say the S word more than any other. On the tennis court it’s, “Sit.” (I say that when my ball is flying out. It doesn’t help though.)
Ha! How about a personal motto you live by?
A person can do anything they set their minds to do. Perseverance, dedication, and being a consummate learner helps.
Great words to live by, so what do you consider your greatest accomplishment?
My books. It takes so much time to write and rewrite a novel that I’m shocked I actually finished so many. I get bored easily, so it amazes me that I stuck with each novel long enough to see them through. I never thought about being a novelist as a child. My parents used to tell me I wrote well, but I guess I never thought about actually writing for a living until about ten years ago. We’d adopted an orphan from Russia who was developmentally delayed, and I didn’t want to leave her at daycare, so I started taking classes on writing and pitching magazines. That gave me the opportunity to stay at home with my daughter and work on my writing too.
Sounds amazing, and a terrific balance of work and home life. On a less serious note, what makes you laugh, and I mean, REALLY laugh?
Myself, my girlfriends. Ellen, of course!
Fabulous. Let’s talk about your book, what is its genre? It’s a geocaching mystery and crime thriller.
Very interesting, and I had not heard of ‘geocaching’ before. Here’s a summary of the book along with its terrific book trailer.
Officer Brett Reed will do anything to gain custody of his five-year-old daughter, Quinn. But when a judge grants Brett’s drug-addicted ex-wife custody and slaps him with a protective order for losing his temper, he fears for Quinn’s safety. Who will protect her now?
When Quinn is found abandoned on the streets, the child is placed in a temporary foster home until Child Protective Services can complete an assessment. It should only take a few days.
But a lot can happen in a few days.
Especially when there’s a deranged psychopath on the loose, someone who’s attacking pedophiles, someone who wants to protect children like Quinn, and someone who’s planting body parts in geocaching sites.
Cache a Predator is a novel about a father’s love, justice, and the unhinged game of hide-the-cache.
Michelle, why would people want to read Cache a Predator?
To learn about geocaching, how child abuse affects victims, their families, and the community, and to be entertained. To see a vigilante’s approach to dealing with pedophiles. It’s a quick read.
And a difficult topic. What surprised you most about writing your book?
That I actually finished it and people loved it. Ha! As writers we’re so close to the story that it’s difficult to “see” the story the way some readers see it. When my family read it and loved it I smiled, but wasn’t too surprised because they’re supportive of everything I do. But when complete strangers read it and loved it I was surprised and thrilled!
That’s fantastic. What do you feel is the best way for someone to support your book, aside from buying it?
Tell a friend about it.
It’s amazing what word of mouth can do. Has the reception been good for your book?
Very positive. Lots of 5-star reviews and tons of readers learning about geocaching and what it is.
I love it. To conclude the interview, let’s do a fun lightning round.
Aside from people/pets, what is the ONE item you would save if your house was on fire? My computer!
Favorite place you’ve traveled to or would like to travel to? Rome
Name a food you can eat everyday. Oatmeal
Salty or sweet? Both
Cat or dog? Love them both.
The best gift you’ve ever received? My children, gifts from God.
Favorite season. Summer.
Name something you cannot go a day without. Writing.
What is your best advice for new writers? Don’t be in too big of a hurry to get published. Write and read every day, and when you feel like your novels are ready, ask a professional developmental editor his/her opinion. Save money to put into your business so you can present the best possible image of you as an author.
Thank you for connecting with me, Michelle. It’s been a pleasure learning more about you. Readers, please find out more about Michelle below.
Michelle is a fulltime employee of God’s kingdom, writing and encouraging writers every day. She’s often a sucker for emotional stories, her sensitive side fueling the passion for her character’s plights, often giving her the ability to show readers the “other” side of the story.
She grew up in the burbs of Detroit with five brothers. No sisters. Each time her mom brought the boy bundle home Michelle cried, certain her mom liked boys better than girls. But when her brothers pitched in with the cooking, cleaning, and babysitting—without drama, Michelle discovered having brothers wasn’t so bad. They even taught her how to take direct criticism without flinching, which might come in handy with book reviews.
Michelle is living her dream—writing every day and thanking God for the stories He puts in her path. When Michelle isn’t writing she’s winning ugly on the tennis court. She’s known as “Queen of the Rim Shots.” No joke. It’s ugly.
Her debut novel, Cache a Predator is a geocaching mystery and an Amazon bestseller in the thriller/crime category.
Scattered Links (initially titled Love is Just a Word) was the winner of the 2013 Aspiring Writers Competition, sponsored by Write on Con and The Reading Room.
Michelle blogs at Random Writing Rants where she teaches and encourages writers how to get published.
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