Below is a summary of the conversation we had with Michèle:
Tell us, what inspired you to become an author?
I have always enjoyed reading and exploring books across different genres. I have also always enjoyed writing myself, be it short stories or poems, just to give a couple of examples. I felt that the time was right to put my own ideas and creativity out into the world and hope that people will enjoy my creativity through the medium of books.
What message are you sending your readers through your books?
I think it is important to be able to connect with my readers through my books. I feel that reading a book is like a journey into a different place and/or time; it should be fun and it should encourage one to think, to dream, to explore and to learn.
Tell us a little about your most recent book and why it is a must-read?
My most recent and actually my first published book is a selection of poems. Love poems to be more concise. I think what is so great about my poems is that they show a completely different side to love; that love can be vulnerable and lonely but of course it can also be joyous. My poems take the reader through an odyssey of self-discovery. I believe that many people will be able to relate to the emotions conveyed in my work because at one time or another in their lives my readers will have been in love. Essentially, this book may lead them on their own self-discovery.
Do you have any other books your readers can look forward to?
Yes, I have been working on another project for some time now. It is a fiction novel, which I hope to be able to release in the not so distant future.
I also have some ideas swirling in my head for children's books and potentially a cook book may be in the works.
Do you ever get writer's block and if so, how do you overcome that?
Yes, I do get writer's block every now and again. Sometimes this is because I just have so many different ideas and thoughts in my head. So for me either moving on to something completely different before coming back to my story helps or getting straight down to business with another idea to clear the mind and aid in overcoming the block.
What book have you read that most influenced your life and why?
There have been many books that have influenced my life in one way or another but the one book that has always stood out to me is Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel García Márquez. It tells a story about the agelessness of love between men and women and how love can persevere and conquer; it does not wither.
What has been the toughest criticism given to you as an author?
I think that so far I have been my toughest critic because if I am not happy with the end result of my book(s), how can I expect my readers to be. The questions I ask myself are; if I was one of my readers, would I enjoy exploring this work and secondly, would I go out and purchase it.
Keep up with Michèle on her Publish Wiz author page here.