Hey guys. Today I'm very excited for two reasons.
Firstly, it's St Patricks Day! So to start off - Happy St Patrick's Day everyone!
I’ve always loved reading. I started scribbling some poetry down as a child, and I guess the bug bite back then already. In my late twenties I started playing with the idea of writing an actual novel, but I only got the chance to sit down and write my first book in my middle thirties. My true inspiration? I guess you could say never letting go of that dream inside of you.
That is a really good attitude to have! So, who are your favourite authors?
Gosh, there are so many! Belle Aurora, Cora Carmack, Lisa De Jong, Penelope Douglas, and Veronica Roth – I could go on forever.
If I had the space on my blog I'd let you! XD Which, in your opinion is more important – story or characters?
The storyline. You can have the best character in the world but if your plot falls flat it’s gonna suck. You have to keep your reader interested.
Speaking of story, what do you look for in a good story?
I’m a sucker for romance and friendship. There’s so much violence and bitchiness in the world, I really don’t need to read about it over and over. I don’t mind it, but don’t let it rule every page. I like suspense just like every other reader, but some authors forget about good ole’ romance and friendship and skip right on to sex, blood and gore.
Yup. I have to agree with you there. What’s the best advice you can give to authors?
A good book is all about pacing a story just right. Don’t repeat the same word over and over; you’ll irritate your reader. Use a thesaurus – magical little book filled with wordlist.
So, what are you working on at the moment?
I’ll be working on a Novelette that will be released in an anthology with two amazing other authors.
Mmmmmm, interesting. I look forward to reading that! Do you have any favourite characters in the story?
No, every character in Wake Me Up holds a specific place in my heart.
If your book was turned into a film/TV series, who would you get to play the characters?
Would love for Mike Vogel to play Aiden, and Emma Watson to play Emma. They’d be my dream team. As for the mother, gosh, that’s another cup of tea all together.
Do you have any other hobbies other than writing?
I have a bird sanctuary. I house more than 600 birds, from Australian finches to some Amazon beauties. I have Koi, Sugar Gliders and 4 dogs than keeps me busy, as well.
Oh wow! That's cool! So I take it that if they ever remake The Birds, they'll be calling you up then? lol! Anyway, these next ones are just for fun. Are you a summer or winter person?
I’m a spring and fall person. I don’t like it too hot and not too cold.
Night owl or morning person?
Both. I go to bed at between 1 and 2 a.m. and I’m up at 5 a.m.
Yikes! I don't think I could do that! Fair play to you! Favourite food/drink?
Anything unhealthy. I love Sprite zero and coffee. Don’t like dinner.
Yeah, unhealthy is awesome! Now, the important question. Who would win in a fight between a zombie ninja dragon and a cyborg unicorn with advanced weaponry?
Mmm… Cyborg Unicorn. I think the zombie ninja dragon’s gonna wipe-out due to being a bit on the slow side. (That’s if he’s like all the other zombies I’ve seen in movies, and he’s a slow poke). Plus, I’m a girl. I like girlie stuff. You put a unicorn there and I’m bound to choose the unicorn, even if it comes with armour.
Fair enough. Ok, now this is the pretty cool stuff! You’re a superhero – what powers would you prefer out of each list and why?
Superstrength or superspeed?
Wowza – uhm… speed, I’m and impatient person.
Ok, flight or teleportation?
Teleportation – again, faster method of transport.
Gale-force breath or freeze breath?
(I hope both of these come with breath mints.) I’ll go with freeze. I might kill someone with gale-force. Safety first!
I'm sure we can chuck a few in for you! XD Heat vision or telekinesis?
Damn, telekinesis. For the safety of mankind. Can’t go burning up the planet, now can we?
No we can't! Invincibility or accelerated healing factor?
Invincibility, of course. You won’t need the healing factor if you’re all invincible. I like this one!
Thanks for the interview, Dan! This was so much fun. I’d like to add that I’m giving away 3 copies of Wake Me Up to three of your lucky readers.
No worries, Michelle. It was a pleasure! And yeah, as you heard guys, she's giving away 3 copies of her critically acclaimed novel Wake Me Up, and all you have to do to get one is to leave a comment below!
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Thanks for coming Michelle! Hope you enjoyed it! And thanks for reading, guys. Have a great day!
Happy Reading everyone ;)