Interview with Michele M.K. Oster

What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The smell of fresh brewed coffee.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Grading papers and wishing I had a whipping boy to take my frustrations out on.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
My friend Amanda ... she has all the ebooks. All. Of. Them.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yeah, it was a memoir of my life up to third grade. I even bound it in cardboard and glued pictures in it. It sits on my desk and is still my only published hard copy.
What is your writing process?
Well, coffee, or whiskey, if I'm having a bad day then I check my facebook and email. Then I reread the last scene I wrote being super nit-picky about everything. And if I still have time THEN I write the next scene.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The first novel I read that wasn't assigned by an English teacher was "Mort" by Terry Pratchett. I was 14, and it was raining all over my vacation. I bought the book in order to avoid playing boardgames with my family and I never looked back. I love that man and cried for days after he died, but I am forever grateful for all his books. He made me a reader, which made me want to be a writer.
How do you approach cover design?
Well, I plan to ask Anthony, if I ever make any money from writing. But if I have to do it myself, I suppose I'll be doodling. I'm a pretty good doodler.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
"Mort" by Pratchett, already answered in previous question.
"Thief of Time" also by Pratchett because three separate story lines converge and it is just genius.
"Odd Thomas" by Dean Koontz because it ripped my heart out and taught me a lesson about unreliable narration.
"The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" by Stieg Larsson because Lisbeth is BAD ASS.
The Beauty Trilogy by Anne Rice because though there's no discernible plot, it's still a good read.
What do you read for pleasure?
Books ...
What is your e-reading device of choice?
My iPhone 6+
What's the story behind your latest book?
I needed to live vicariously through someone.
Published 2016-02-28.
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