Interview with Michelle Montague Mogil

What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Our big baby of a greyhound who stands at the bottom of the stairs and "sings" us awake. That, and a fresh pot of coffee.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I read! I am a voracious reader; I can devour a book in two or three days.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I browse, I get emails from various bargain services, sometimes I play roulette with Amazon.com.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes, I do. It was for fourth grade English class and it was about one of our cats who was hit by a truck. It made my English teacher cry.
What is your writing process?
There's a process? Well, I suppose I outline a story, then start spewing out words that vaguely follow the outline. Then I trim stuff, add stuff, remold some of it. It's much like creating something out of clay. In fact, that's often the mental image I have when I'm deep in my writing mode.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Ah. That would be Black Beauty. I loved how I was pulled into the story and had a vested interest in the fate of that horse.
How do you approach cover design?
I sketch out an idea, then send it to my awesome cover artist, Eric Hubbel. He starts sending me rough drafts and together we tweek it to perfection.
What's the story behind your latest book?
It's about a man whose love for his wife has been tested to its limits. It's about how far he would go to keep that love alive.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I can see that traditional publishing houses don't offer much of an advantage anymore. They'll take a cut of your sales, but still make you do much of the work. I'm willing to do the work, sure. But I'm not willing to pay someone else so that I can do the work. It doesn't make any sense to me.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
It's when a complete stranger reads my work and tells me they enjoyed it. That makes all the angst and hair-tearing and sleepless nights worthwhile.
What are you working on next?
Of course, there has to be a third book to this series. I've got the lump of clay and I'm starting to pummel it into submission...
Published 2013-12-09.
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