Interview with Catherine Micqu

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in a small village in Luxembourg which is a small country in Europe. (The last remaining Grand-Duchy in the world) I can't say that it influences my writing at all, except for the fact that I write in English because my native language isn't spoken - let alone read, by many people in the world. (Languages spoken and written (fluently): Luxembourgish, German, English, French)
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My kids. And the responsibilities I have. Without them there were too many days when I would stay in bed and hide underneath my covers.
Describe your desk
Messy. There are sheets of paper strew all over it with "important" notes, pencils and my beloved fountain pen, tissues (used ones too, I have to admit), empty water bottles and toy cars and rubber bands. And of course - my laptop. Just like I said - messy!
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
When I am not writing, I am most possibly doing fun stuff with my three kids or I am listening to music. I am a right music addict. Or, I am working. I work at a daycare center for small children...
When did you first start writing?
I started writing poems as a young girl (13 or 14 years old). Writing fiction came many years later, in 2012 to be exact.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
The first story I ever wrote (as an adult) was fanfiction for a TV show called "Brothers and Sisters". It was called "Patience" and in hindsight, it was very poorly written.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
There are a couple of people who influenced me. The first one was a regular reader on Wattpad, called François. He was the first to suggest I'd look into publishing my work and words, and to this day, I am really grateful for his support and the way he keeps supporting and encouraging me.
What is your writing process?
Usually I get an idea that won't leave me for several days. I start taking notes and scribbling little bits down. And once I have time to focus entirely on that new idea, I write. I don't have a plan laid out as to where the story has to go and no schedule that makes me write a certain number of words or pages per day. I am a chaotic writer.
How do you approach cover design?
I like it simple and clean. Black and white is always a favourite of mine too. If possible, I try to use pictures I took myself. On Wattpad though, I also used the help of google to find pictures to go with my stories.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
It depends on the genre I write. When I write poetry, it's like opening a valve and releasing emotions. They are not always exclusively mine, but that's another question. When things I created in my mind resonate with readers, that's actually my biggest joy in writing.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
No.
But I remember the first time I thought my story could be better than the one I read. (conceited, I know)
What do you read for pleasure?
I love to read biographies. It's inspiring. But I also love to read other LGBT books.
Who are your favorite authors?
They change all the time. I don't have a favourite author per se. I like everything Sarah Kuttner writes and Dennis Cooper holds a space in my reading heart too.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
They change all the time too, but here is the most up to date list.

1. Panikherz by Benjamin von Stuckrad-Barre. It's an autobiography of a German celebrity. He bares himself completely, talks about drugs and eating disorders. I was very moved and touched. And I liked the flow of his words a lot. It made me laugh out loud a couple of times and it also made me swallow hard to hold back my tears.
2. 180° Meer by Sarah Kuttner. Another German book about a woman who struggles with life and love and runs off to her brother's in London. Again, very touching, very moving. This is one of the few authors who I always read, because her way with words just always gets to me. It's so casual and effortless and at the same time very gripping.
3. Me before you by Jojo Moyes. I read the book after having been reluctantly dragged to see the movie. The movie was good, but the book was a lot better.
(I am not a good critic, am I? lol)
4. The sluts by Dennis Cooper. I just love the way he writes. Crude language and mature themes don't faze me.
5. A little life by Hanya Yanagihara. I laughed and wiped tears away. There are parts that feel quite challenging (- triggering) to me, but all in all, I like the main character a lot. Only negative: all the things Jude had and has to endure could have been equally divided between the four friends. Willem, Malcolm and JB could have used more depth and instead of making Jude the only sufferer, the other characters could have dealt with some of it on their own too.
Published 2017-03-19.
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