Interview with Michelle El Bitar

When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Hanging out with family and friends, or drawing.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Suggestions by friends or look up a certain story that I have heard about online.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes. It was about a cliché love story. I can't even read it now. It's so bad.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I can't consider the books I've read at school to have an impact on me. But, personally The Vampire Diaries by L.J. Smith was the first to drive me into taking my writing to the next level.
How do you approach cover design?
Photoshop translates my ideas into pictures. It usually has to do with the theme.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Can't answer that. There are just too many. But I can pick one book "The Great Gatsby". I love the style in writing and every message delivered and theme explained and the way it is expressed.
What do you read for pleasure?
Poetry.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
In Lebanon, in the city. I couldn't get out of the house much because I didn't grow up in the mountains. So I spent most of my time inside, either reading or watching TV. That expanded my vocabulary and widened my imagination when it comes to imagining what's outside of the four walls surrounding me.
When did you first start writing?
Writing seriously... hmm... When I was sixteen.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Lebanese war and its effect on the citizen's psych.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
It helped me add my work to my CV in order to apply for good colleges.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Expressing myself in an indirect way, since it's hard to do it directly. My characters voice what's swimming inside my head.
Who are your favorite authors?
Charlotte Brontë and Fitzgerald.
Published 2015-11-29.
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Books by This Author

Emilia
Price: Free! Words: 5,450. Language: American English. Published: November 15, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Cultural & ethnic themes » Cultural interest, general
A short story about a girl who has lost her sight after the Lebanese civil war, and her way in dealing with life and discovering hidden truths after the war has ended.