Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Emergence Book Party Day One (Oct 24-31st)***

Before we get started with this party, let me tell you about one of the coolest people I know. Michelle got me started in writing.  Without her, this blog wouldn't exist, I wouldn't be a writer and I wouldn't be living the life I am now.  Michelle is one of my heroes and I love her to death!  And guess what? She is getting published. . .oh wait, she is published as of today!  So guess what?  We are getting a party started!  Who likes parties?  I like parties.  Especially book blog parties.

So what are we going to do at this party? 
Well to kick things off, we're going to get to know Michelle.  

Emergence book party day one: Getting to know Michelle pt 1, The interview: 

Before we get into the interview, I have to tell you all, Michelle is one of my heroes! Without her, I wouldn't be a writer today! 

Konstanz: Please tell us a little bit about yourself. 

Michelle: I'm a 40 something mom of seven who never imagined that she'd be writing about assassins in her later years. I also love to craft and bake. When I'm not writing I am usually taking care of the house or kids or baking something yummy. I love all things Asian and am a red belt in Tang Soo Do which is halfway to black belt. I also love old fashioned things like writing letters and enjoying a traditional English tea, and collecting teapots.

Konstanz: How long have you waited for the day to come when you could tell people you're a published author? 

Michelle: I started writing in high school but I became distracted by college, getting married and having children and didnt pick up any serious writing again until about eight years ago. So the real answer would probably be about 8 years.

Konstanz: What did it take to get where you are today?

Michelle:  Thay say it takes a million things (hours, free throws etc.) to become a professional. I believe it. It wrote at least a million words before anything I wrote was readable by others. It also took a lot of re-learning things like English and learning to type. I took a 400 page manuscript and re wrote every passive voice sentence into the active voice. Lost of practice, repetitive things, and learning new information.

Konstanz: If you had to start over, what would you do differently?

Michelle: I'd go to school and learn and practice correct grammar before pounding into my head what I thought was right. I would practice my typing skills and I'd not allow myself to get distracted.

Konstanz: So, I have mentioned the writing group that got me started in writing a few times on the blog.  Would you tell us a little bit about Scrawl and what inspired you (as well as the other women) to start such a group? 

Michelle:  Scrawl is a group of writers founded in Tooele. They were allready meeting when my friend and I found them. They were awesome and welcomed us in as if we'd been friends for years. I learned so much from them. Writing can often be a solitary endeavor and we get lonely and need some support. Scrawl and other writing groups do that, provide a place to ask questions, get advice and critiques as well as just being friends

Konstanz: Who is your Hero?  

Michelle:  Hard question. I have alot of hero's. More improtatly I have friends who helped me get where I am now and to be honest while I don't worship them, I do consider them life changing friends. Karen Hoover, Paluette Inman, Wendy Elliot, Tristi Pinkston, The members of Scrawl and all of the published authors/mentors of LDStorymakers are those people who made this all possible for me. Those people are the ones I would consider my sort-of-hero's.

I just LOVE Michelle! And I just have to say, I wanted to cry with joy getting to send her these interview questions.  

So of course I am giving away a couple copies of Emergence, Michelle's book.  (Which we will talk about later in the week.)  

1 paperback copy (US only)
1 e-book copy (Int)

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Giveaway ends on October 31st at midnight.  Winners will be chosen at random and announced soon after.  

Don't forget to check back tomorrow to learn more about Michelle and her debut, Emergence!

(You only need to fill out the form once.  The form will be included in each blog post during the Emergence Blog Party.  You only need to fill it out once.)