Interview with Michele L. Montgomery

Who are your favorite authors?
I have several and too many to list here. My all time favorite would be John Saul.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Life itself. It's just too short and I don't want to waste a moment I'm given.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I love different things. Crafts, jigsaw puzzles and I'm an avid gamer. I love my gaming system and very proudly admit it.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I do. I still have it as well. All of it was written by hand in notebooks and notepads. It's YA and has to do with juvenile delinquents. Who knows, it may see the light of day at some point. My first published story was River of Tears which is my personal favorite. It's mainstream fiction based on true life events.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
My Nook Color.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
I'm horrible at marketing my own stories, but I can market up a storm for others. I have a review site, a website and a blog site, not to mention the social media platforms that are available for everyone to use.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
Chicago. Growing up in a big city gave me the ability to mingle with a large diverse community full of people who gave me many ideas for my character and due to it being a big city, the gang theme always stuck with me. Though I did not belong in a gang, I knew many who did and at that time it was like a fantasy to me. A feeling of belonging. I was quite quiet growing up and spent a lot of time by myself in my own thoughts, so belonging to a gang or rather hanging out with a group of close friends who had no one but each other, appealed to me. I still use that same logic when I'm writing something in the YA Genre.
When did you first start writing?
As a hobby, I started when I was nine. For publishing, not until 2009.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Indie is short for independent. I've always been a very independent individual and I like to do things my way with certain stories. I could never change the plot or a character just to please a publisher. I have to be happy with it or it won't get written.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords has given me the free rein to do what I like how I like. I've also learned how to format a manuscript using this amazing site. I can't say that I'm a well known author due to SW but it's certainly helped me achieve my dreams.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Getting lost in my characters worlds and bringing them to life.
What do your fans mean to you?
Well, I never hear from them, so I can't tell you for sure that I have them. However, as I do sell stories, I'm guessing people are reading them...they mean the world to me. They, even if it's just one person, gives me that self esteem to continue sharing. Even if no one bought a single story I wrote, I'd write anyway. It's a part of my genetic makeup. When I ignore it, I get testy. I have to write. So, to those of you who do support me in my writing, you are truly marvelous. Thank you for being all that you are.
What is your writing process?
Process: I really don't have a process. I just grab a pen and notebook and let it go...when I'm at the computer, I just let my fingers do what they do. I never know what's going to happen until it happens and believe me, at times I'm as shocked as the readers are.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I don't. But I can tell you that John Saul's novels have always had a huge impact on me due to his ability to write engaging YA stories with angsty twists. That's exactly what I aim for when Ii write. I can't do the typical sweet romance, but I can write angst and love every moment of it.
How do you approach cover design?
Generally it just comes to me as I write. All it takes is a sentence. Then of course answering the cover artists questions help too.
Published 2015-01-10.
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Books by This Author

River of Tears
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 107,980. Language: English. Published: October 9, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Plays & Screenplays, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
River of Tears is about a woman's struggle as she searches for her missing husband that leads to shocking revelations about him, his family, and the crime of adult kidnapping.