Interview with Michelle

What motivated you to become an indie author?
Finding an agent is a near impossible, truly frustrating process. We have been publishers since 1996 when we purchased our first computer system, and printing was still a multi-thousand dollar investment. On demand printing has revolutionized the industry for new authors - and old ones - and allowed artistic talent to have a chance in the world of literature. When my thesis was complete, I wrote a book and the obvious choice was indie publishing. Even for those whose books would attract an agent and traditional publisher, the royalties and rights involved with indie are exceedingly better.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I write non-fiction books about mythology, folklore, and symbolism. But I also write original classic style fairy tales. The Lost Unicorn is about a princess from a tiny kingdom who goes on a great quest with her guardian to find the Lost Unicorn Kingdom on the Isle of Mist. She seeks them to help her save her kingdom from invasion by a wicked queen and evil wizard. The second book in the trilogy is almost finished, Song of the Mermaid brings in the characters of Lost Unicorn and adds those of the Mermaids and Fairies.
What do your fans mean to you?
This is a two sided question. Fans mean sales, which means income, which is the point of publishing. However, fans also mean that others find the work exiting, or interesting, or entertaining, or enlightening. This validates the reason for pouring out your brain onto paper, and imparts inspiration and encouragement - both necessary to keep producing new work.
How do you approach cover design?
Covers are important, and I want mine to stand out. Because I am an artist, I use original artwork on the covers that also reflects the subject of the book.
What do you read for pleasure?
Mysteries, of course, the Witness series by Rebecca Forster is excellent. I also love fantasy, especially the Robert Jordan books, Wheel of Time. Lots of mythology and symbolism in that series, and I found them entrancing. I also enjoy the works of Debrah Martin, who writes fantasy-scifi, my favorite of which is Assassin's Curse.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I use a Kindle.
What are you working on next?
I have two works in progress, the second in a trilogy of fairy tales - "Song of the Mermaid" - which involves a kidnapped mermaid of course. And "Symbology: Magic Between the Lines" is a book which traces the symbols of magic to their origin, and provides insight into how we attach magical powers to things.
Published 2014-02-11.
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