Interview with Michelle L. Clark

What are you working on next?
Currently I am working on two graphic novels. One is very short but shows the "funnier side" of daily life, its entitled The Arrgghhh! Chronicles. And the other book is a bit darker and more adult, as it has all the elements of a soap opera.
Who are your favorite authors?
Without a doubt Stephen King, Maya Angelou, Toni Morrison, Tom Clancy.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
God and my cat Mac pouncing on my head every morning...I thank God everyday for waking me up as I know there are those that did not. Now, about Mac..well.. having a fat cat using your head as a trampoline can be quite inspirational especially if you want to breathe!
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I can't stand boredom so I find lots to do whether its cleaning house, making cookies, surfing the net, visiting people, crafting, but my favorite thing to do is shopping!
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Basically am I drawn to the artwork on the covers. If just the picture alone grabs me emotionally, I will be motivated enough to read it.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Actually my recent book entitled Love Bond, is the first story I wrote. I started writing it in 1977, finished and published it in 2012. I was writing poetry mostly and at first it seemed that it was going to be a short story. But more ideas kept arising and it has bloomed through the years into what it is now.
What is your writing process?
Sometimes I don't have one! I could be anywhere at any time, when an idea will hit me; it will nag me until I write it down. After I get the "outline" of it down, then I flesh out the ideas.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Yes, it was Hans Christian Anderson's story The Little Match Girl. It still brings tears to my eyes. Disney made a lovely short film based on it and for those ten minutes I am a mess.
How do you approach cover design?
I try to come up with ideas that really match my story. Whatever I choose must appeal to the eye as well as give a glimpse of whats in store for the reader.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
1) The Color Purple
2) I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings
3) The DeCameron
4) How the Grinch Stole Christmas (No lie)
5) I Will Always Love You

One and two are tops on my list because they tell of women's struggles. They are timeless as women still struggle with these same issues. Rape, incest, neglect, poverty and abuse; it appears to me that the more things change the more things stay the same but they are in in a different form.
Three- The DeCameron is a book of stories taking place in the 1500's during the Black plague in Europe.
Some stories are funny as hell! And others are full of revenge. All told while people are seeking refuge from the Black Plague!
Four and five are children's books. I love the Grinch, not the Jim Carrey movie but the actual book by Dr. Seuss. I also enjoy watching the old animated version every year. The other I will Always love you is my newest favorite as it details a mother's love of her son from birth til adulthood. The ending will make you weep.
What do you read for pleasure?
EVERYTHING!!!! Even a cereal box is reading material!
What is your e-reading device of choice?
tough question....hmmmm...
Describe your desk
A JUNKIE MESS!
When did you first start writing?
I started writing at the age of thirteen. I started out as a tomboy playing sports and climbing trees! But as I was growing into womanhood, all that seemed boring and I found myself writing poems about everything I saw and how I was feeling that day or moment. The rest is history!
What's the story behind your latest book?
Mixin' is a tale of star crossed lovers from different sides of the tracks. A rich Caucasion male falls in love with a low income African American woman; it is not love at first sight! There is tension, loathe and contempt that is worn away slowly before the two main characters come together. Mixin's follows their journey into love and happiness.
Published 2014-10-01.
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