Interview with Michelle Zoetemeyer

When did you first start writing?
Writing was something I never even considered until 2004. I had been studying part time for eight years; first for a diploma in Human Resources Management and then for a Bachelor of Business at university. I worked full time as a HR Manager and had five kids and a husband at home to keep me busy. When I finished uni, I felt lost; as though I should have been doing something more. Weird huh? But that's just how it was. I became obsessed by a dream I had which led me to the idea of writing about it. I then spent the next 18 months researching and writing my novel, but at that stage I never expected to share it with anyone.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Latest book? Do you mean I have to write another? I realise that it's not likely to help my sales with my current book, but I'm not sure there will be another. Maybe later, who knows. My mum always said everyone has one good book in them, and perhaps she was right. I certainly enjoyed writing my novel, but never did it for anyone but me. I guess the urge might occur again, but for now, I'm not writing anything.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
That's simple...getting published any other way is just impossible. I am a fussy reader and think I have fairly sophisticated taste when it comes to writers (totally subjective and biased point of view I know, but hey, this is my interview, right?) and despite what I consider to be really ordinary stuff available in print, I understand that mainstream is what publishers want. My novel is not really mainstream; at least I don't think so, and as a first time writer, and not a very dedicated one at that, I doubt anyone would have ever taken a chance on my book.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
It's way to early to tell if I will have any success or not, but I can say, without it there certainly wouldn't be any.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Being totally indulgent about what I include and what I don't and just seeing everything come together as though it was meant to be.
What do your fans mean to you?
Do I have fans?
What are you working on next?
Nothing at the moment..... I will wait and see what readers think of my first novel before I decide if I want to go another round.
Who are your favorite authors?
George RR Martin (but if he doesn't get on with it, he'll soon be on my black list), Charles Dickens, Orsen Scott Card, Jack Vance...and no one in particular.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Life...I love it!
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Work, studying for an MBA, kids, family and every craft under the sun. I don't watch TV and never have enough time to do half the things I want to do.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
No
Published 2014-06-22.
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Books by This Author

Summer
Price: Free! Words: 164,960. Language: English. Published: August 28, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary, Fiction » Historical » Australia & New Zealand
(4.75 from 4 reviews)
Summer is a time for love, sorrow, joy and pain – but mostly, it is a time for change. Summer is the season from which all memories flow. For Maggie and Peter, the summer of 1968 is one that changed their lives forever. For Jenny and Tom, the summer of 1979 is the one that will be remembered most. Two couples - one married the other childhood friends - separated by years, but inexorably linked.