Interview with Michaela Roberts

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I have spent most of my life in Salem, Oregon, and all the things that have happened here have motivated me to write about them. I'm not saying that the same things wouldn't have happened anywhere else, but I can't help think of how different things would be had I lived elsewhere.
When did you first start writing?
I don't remember! I've been writing all my life...I started getting serious about it when I was 11. I was mostly into poetry back then, and it was a great way to prepare for novel writing.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Life. That's really all I can say...I've taken bits and pieces from everything I've ever seen or felt, created a character to fit, and made it into a book.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I felt led to write. I feel it's my purpose and that I should use what I know and what I can do to help and reach as many people as I can.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords is the first place I've published to. I must say their guides were so helpful...I'm new at this and didn't really know what to expect. Smashwords helped introduce me to the author's world. They're the greatest!
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
For me, the greatest joy I have in writing is knowing that I can help people, that I'm doing my part to make the world and the lives of people I know better.
What do your fans mean to you?
Fans mean everything! From my point of view, I'm just a sad little amateur author that doesn't know any better. Having fans lets me know I'm doing something right and accomplishing my mission.
What are you working on next?
I'm working on somewhat of a companion to my first novel. This one is going to be longer and totally epic. I can't wait to get started on it!
Who are your favorite authors?
Frank E Peretti is my all time favorite author. His books are a definite must read! I also like Tim Lahaye, Shannon Hale, Suzanne Collins, and Penelope J Stokes. All of them have helped me develop my own novel writing skills. Dee Henderson was kind enough to help me get started, and I am so grateful for the strategy and tips she gave me!
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The thought that I can make someone's day. It's the feel that I can get something done, try something new, or make something of myself that gets--and keeps--me going.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Watching Doctor Who! It's my all time favorite TV show. Close behind are Boy Meets World, Elementary, and NCIS.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I get daily emails from BookBub that tell me what books in the genres I like are most popular or have a coupon. I can't afford much, so I pick and choose the free e-books to pass the time--when I have time, that is.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes. I must've been 4 years old at the time. I'd had a wonderful dream about spending time with a special Lamb, and when I told my mom about it, she and I sat down and wrote the story together. Rhat story alone is enough to inspire me to write.
What is your writing process?
Write and don't look back. It's a terrible process, I know, and makes editing very hard, but I find I write best when I put myself in the character's place...it I'd emotionally taxing, but it turns out great. Emotion is a huge part of writing.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Nope! I've read so many that I find it impossible to remember that far back. The furthest I can remember was when I read Penelope J Stokes's book, The Amethyst Heart. It's somewhat of a family heirloom and has a special place in the hearts of all the women in the family. A humorous and emotional read!
How do you approach cover design?
I think too much. I find it hard to express things with one word or one picture, so the cover of my novel was really difficult to procure. Really, I just took one scene from the book and made a picture out of it (with some minor additions, of course).
What are your five favorite books, and why?
That's a hard one. I'd have to say Amethyst Heart, The Oath, Book of A Thousand Days, Hunger Games, and the Bible. Seriously, the way the Bible is constructed is amazing! I do my best to write like they did, letting God's words flow through me.
What do you read for pleasure?
My favorite books! I rarely have time to read nowadays, but when I do, I love revisiting my favorite novels or authors.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
A tablet, no doubt. Big enough screen to be like a book. I'm not a fan of electronic reading; I prefer the classical novel form.
Describe your desk
My desk is my computer. I write wherever I feel comfortable, which is usually on the couch with my cats, a mountain dew, and Francesca Battestelli playing in my ears.
Published 2013-10-20.
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Books by This Author

A Life Worth Living
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 64,260. Language: English. Published: October 19, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Inspirational
What if there was a way to overcome the pain of losing someone you loved? What if you could replace it with something better instead of burying it? Maki Shinobu lost someone very close to her. Nursing her grudges, memories, and nightmares, Maki sinks herself into a hole of regrets. Stuck in the past with no hope for the future, Maki must discover what it means to really live...and to let go.