Interview with Michele L. Waters

When did you first start writing?
I never had an interest in writing. I didn't know I could create characters until I had gone back to school to obtain my BA in Business. I had been out of school for so long that I was forced to take a GE class. I had to write a screenplay, I thought, oh no, I have to be creative. Once I started writing the characters and the creativity began to flow. I loved it!! I was relaxed. It was new kind of peace. A couple of years later, I found myself working all the time. I was always thinking about business and strategizing on how to get our properties rented and or sold. The economy had taken a dive and with it our little real estate investment company. Then my full time job had gotten busier. It seemed I couldn't turn my brain off. Everything was out of my control. I remembered how much I enjoyed writing - the peace it brought me so I began writing Can't Let Go. I think it was also that fact that through writing I had control over something again. As the author I had control over how this story would end. :-)
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Well, like I said earlier, I never had a passion to write when I was young. I found this passion later in life. So maybe about 200 pages into Can't Let Go, I thought, this is a good story! So I began to research on how to get it published. I found out that most of the traditional publishing companies would not even look at unsolicited work and it would take way too much time and energy to find an agent and so forth. Now of course, some of the traditional publishers have there own independent presses within the company. Anyway, I have always been the type to create my own destiny. I didn't want to wait for someone to tell me if my work was worth their time or not. I felt it was good so I went for it. I began researching how to publish my self. Besides, I like control.
What is your writing process?
I always know my plot so I like outlines to get my flow down. Of course the plot thickens and new characters are developed but I'm pretty structured. At least I think I am.
What do your fans mean to you?
Fans are everything. I love hearing from them whether it was something they like or do not like. Fans help me to grow.
Who are your favorite authors?
I like suspense and crime. I really like James Patterson. Many others but that's what I'm into now.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I love hanging out with my best friend who happens to be my hubby. Now we have a granddaughter and she's a dream come true. I love watching her for hours. Everything is new to her.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Irreparable Harm. I can't remember who wrote it but I loved it. It's a very old book. I loved the suspense and the twists. I love a good surprise ending.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I have a kindle and I love the convenience of e-reading but I'm old fashioned I guess because I still like to turn pages.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords is great!. Through Smashwords your work can get out to many online retailers in several formats which save you time, energy, and money. Most of my sells come from Smashwords.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Escaping into a world that I myself have created. It's stimulating and relaxing at the same time.
What advice would you give to aspiring writers?
1). Start writing. It's good to study technique and improve on your skill but the best experience and lessons will be through actually writing. Remember as you write to allow your creative juices to flow so don't try to edit while you're writing - just write. You have plenty of time to fix it later. You will edit and edit and edit. Then you will send it to a professional editor for more editing. 2) Never let the naysayers snatch your dream and passion.
Published 2014-03-30.
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Books by This Author

Can't Let Go
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 71,790. Language: English. Published: January 30, 2013. Categories: Fiction » African American fiction » Romance, Fiction » African American fiction » Mystery & detective
Lisa Chambers is a beautiful, driven, hard-working, no nonsense woman who takes pride in leading a drama-free life. Even the painful divorce from Collin, couldn't break her . . . or so she thought. Collin Chambers, a high-profile attorney, knows that the betrayal and deception that Lisa learned of was just the beginning of a web of lies and deceit.
Through The Eyes Of My Mulatto Daughter
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 68,630. Language: English. Published: April 15, 2011. Categories: Fiction » African American fiction » Contemporary woman
This story will keep you on edge wondering who done it and why as Michele L. Waters takes you on this journey of a family's struggle and endurance of racism, heartache, and abuse.