Interview with Michelle Louise Gordon

What's the story behind your latest book?
I'm currently writing the 9th book in my Earth Angel Series, and I must admit, other than the very first opening scene, I had no idea what was going to happen in it, until I started writing. I'm around 20k words into the story now, and interesting patterns are emerging, and I am enjoying finding out what happens next, as the characters reveal a little more in each scene. Unusually, I already have the concept for books 10 and 11, and I am eager to write them, because I feel they're going to be challenging!
The Earth Angel Series is about Angels, Faeries, Merpeople, Starpeople and Old Souls who have come to earth to help with the spiritual awakening. The reunion of the Twin Flames is one of the main themes. Book 9 will be available be Christmas!
What motivated you to become an indie author?
In 2007, when POD publishing and Kindle were first coming about, I published my novella, Heaven dot com, because I had always wanted to see my name on the cover of a book! I had dreamed of being an author since I was 8 years old. I wrote my first novel in 2009, and in 2010, I did send a few queries out to publishers, but didn't get anywhere with it. By 2011, I had written two more novels, and Indie Publishing had evolved and was beginning to take off, so I decided to go down that route, because I liked the idea of being in control of the process. So in July 2011, I published the first edition of The Earth Angel Training Academy. I have since published ten more books, some are in their 5th edition!
Now, I can't imagine wanting to do it any other way. I love the creative control, I love the process, and I love being independent. It's not the right path for every writer, but it was the right one for me.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I love getting completely absorbed in the story as it unfolds. I never quite know where it's going, and the twists and turns are as much of a surprise to me, as they will be to my readers. I love it when it feels like I am stuck, but then as soon as I divert my attention to something else, like going for a walk or doing the washing up, the next part of the story comes streaming through, and I get fired up and can't wait to get back to my keyboard. I love the pure potentiality of writing, with just a few words, you can create entire worlds, people and events. It's magical.
What do your fans mean to you?
My fans are amazing. I honestly love them to bits. They are so incredibly supportive and encouraging, and some days, they are the only reason I keep writing. In the past there have been times when I considered quitting, and in those moments, I would always receive a beautiful message, comment or review that would remind me why I need to keep writing.
Many of my fans have become really close friends, and often I have turned to my fans to find out what characters they wish to learn more about, or what they want to know more about, which then inspires my writing.
My fans also support me through Patreon, and through being members of a Fan Club I created for the series. THeir support means so much to me, it has been amazing.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I only get to write for a couple of months out of the year usually, and when I'm not writing, I am working on the editing, publishing and marketing of my own books, and also the books of other Indie Authors, as I run an Indie Publishing business too.
I also love baking, photography, making jewellery, sewing, knitting, crochet, reading and binge watching TV shows on Netflix and Amazon Prime. My current favourites are Timeless, Outlander, Once Upon a Time, Travelers and the OA.
I love chatting to my many friends around the world, and making videos.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I think the first story I ever wrote was in school, aged 8 or 9, and it was called Mystic Island. It was about people becoming stranded on a desert island, who find a treasure map. When they follow the map and discover the treasure, they find that it's food, not gold. I drew a map for it and everything, I still have it somewhere!
What is your writing process?
I follow the Nanowrimo pantsing process. It's very simple - write 1667 words a day, for 30 days, and in a month, you have a novel. Don't read it as you go, don't edit as you go, don't plot or plan, just keep writing. I find that short deadlines, and no plotting is the perfect method for me. I keep notes of the chapters as I go along, just so I don't have to read back through. Every writer will have their own method, this is mine. I also usually listen to music of the right mood for what I'm writing, and it doesn't matter where I am, as long as I am warm and comfortable.
My favourite writing software is Scrivener, and I adore Scapple for creating timelines.
There, now you have all my secrets :)
Published 2017-09-20.
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Books by This Author

The Twin Flame Resolution
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 57,150. Language: English. Published: June 28, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Visionary & metaphysical, Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
When it appears as though the world is not changing fast enough, one Earth Angel knows that she must do something about it. If she follows her visions and makes the changes, the world will be a completely different place. A better place. She hopes.
The Twin Flame Reignition
Series: Earth Angel. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 53,140. Language: English. Published: January 19, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Visionary & metaphysical, Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
When the Twin Flames who were unable to reunite finally do, it would seem as though everyone finally has the life they wanted. But when dreams of Atlantis begin to plague the Earth Angels, they come together to try and heal the past, but find it might end up costing them their present. And their futures.
The Twin Flame Rebellion
Series: Earth Angel. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 59,170. Language: English. Published: June 5, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Visionary & metaphysical, Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
When Violet and Greg feel the need to separate again, they assume it is for their highest good. They have no idea that it’s because the Angels are meddling in their lives. Will they find their way back to each other again before it’s too late?
The Twin Flame Reality
Series: Earth Angel, Book 7. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 50,520. Language: English. Published: January 29, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Visionary & metaphysical, Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
When Twin Flames find each other before they have released their past and are following their mission on Earth, it is difficult for them to reunite. Despite the strong connection, there are times when it is best if Flames remain apart. Even when it feels like doing so is the end of the world. The Twin Flame Reality is the 7th book in the Earth Angel Series.
I'm Here
Series: Visionary Collection, Book 4. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 56,340. Language: English. Published: August 4, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
When Marielle finds out that a guy she had a crush on in school has passed away, the strange occurrences of the previous week begin to make sense. She suspects that he is trying to give her a message from the other side, and so opens up to communicate with him, She has no idea that by doing so, she will be forming a bond so strong, that life as she knows it will forever be changed.
The Twin Flame Resurrection
Series: Earth Angel, Book 6. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 54,940. Language: English. Published: November 4, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal, Fiction » Women's fiction » General
Meeting, loving and losing a Twin Flame are all very intense experiences, and can be completely unexpected, painful, joyful and destroying. But when two souls are meant to come together, there is nothing on Earth or in any other dimension that can stop it from happening. Equally, if they're not meant to come together, there is nothing on this Earth that can make it happen.
The Elphite
Series: Visionary Collection, Book 3. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 56,000. Language: English. Published: August 12, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Time travel, Fiction » Inspirational
Ellie's life is just one long, bad case of déjà vu. She has lived her life before - a hundred times before - and she remembers each and every lifetime. Each time, she has changed things, but has never managed to change the ending. The Elphite is the third book in the Visionary Collection.
The Twin Flame Retreat
Series: Earth Angel, Book 5. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 51,930. Language: English. Published: August 10, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal, Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
A lost Starperson, an out-of-control Faerie, a lonely Angel and an Indigo searching for love all attend the Twin Flame Retreat, which is now owned by Violet and Greg. The three days they spend in the woods will change their lives forever. The Twin Flame Retreat is the fifth book in the Earth Angel Series.
The Twin Flame Reunion
Series: Earth Angel, Book 4. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 53,140. Language: English. Published: August 10, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal, Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
The Twin Flame Reunion is the fourth book in the Earth Angel series, following five Twin Flame couples as they reunite on Earth.
The Other Side
Series: Earth Angel, Book 3. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 61,070. Language: English. Published: August 10, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal, Fiction » Inspirational
The Other Side takes the first Earth Angel Training Academy story and helps you to see it from a completely different perspective. The Other Side is the third book in the Earth Angel Series.
The Earth Angel Awakening
Series: Earth Angel, Book 2. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 74,900. Language: English. Published: October 3, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
Twenty-five years after leaving the Earth Angel Training Academy to be born on Earth as a human, Velvet is beginning to Awaken. But when she repeatedly ignores her dreams and intuition, she misses the opportunity to be with her Twin Flame, Laguz. Without the long-awaited reunion with her Twin Flame, can Velvet possibly Awaken fully, and help to bring the world into the elusive Golden Age?
The Earth Angel Training Academy
Series: Earth Angel, Book 1. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 98,660. Language: English. Published: October 3, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
When Head of the Earth Angel Training Academy, Velvet, receives a call from an Elder on the first day of term, she knows that the new class will be unlike any other she has taught. While experiencing the most tumultuous time of her very long existence, Velvet must remember her buried past, & open her eyes to the future so she can prepare the Earth Angel trainees for their toughest missions yet.
The Doorway to PAM
Series: Visionary Collection, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 47,250. Language: English. Published: October 2, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Inspirational
When Natalie is rejected by the one that she has loved for more than ten years, she finds herself lost, lonely and in the middle of the woods. It is here, in the most unlikely place, that she finds PAM’s Tearooms. Within this unusual place, as well as a sweet, strong cup of tea, Natalie also finds her purpose and herself.
Heaven Dot Com
Series: Visionary Collection, Book 1. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 20,100. Language: English. Published: October 1, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
When Christina goes into hospital for the final time, and knows that she is about to lose her battle with cancer, she asks her boyfriend, James, to help her deliver messages to her family and friends after she has gone. She also asks him to do something for her, but she dies before he can make it happen, and he finds it difficult to forgive himself.