Interview with Michelle Tangedal

Describe your desk
You can hardly see it! There are stacks of papers and binders covering every square inch, yet I have a vague idea of what's in each of them. I like to think of it as "organized messiness".
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Being able to craft the happy-ending we all long for in real life, but don't always get.
What are you working on next?
My next novel is going to be another romantic comedy that follows a first-year teacher through both her classroom and dating disasters. I've got about seven years worth of funny stories saved up so it should make for very natural writing.
Who are your favorite authors?
I have quite a few, and in almost all genres. The first that come to mind are J.K. Rowling (who doesn't love Harry Potter?), Sophie Kinsella, Chaim Potok, and Christopher Moore.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Excitement over what I can get accomplished. My brain is always filled with massive "to-do" lists, but I never manage to even get halfway through them.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Marking! As a teacher, I don't have a lot of free time to spare. Until a very recent injury, I also liked to play soccer and run, but as I recovery from ACL surgery, I'm pretty happy to just be able to walk or play with my large lab/shepherd (dog).
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I hate to admit it... but I definitely judge a book by its cover! Once I find something that catches my eye, I then read the pitch in order to decide whether or not to read on. Occasionally, I'll read reviews, but I generally like to judge a book for myself.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes! I was in Grade Two, and I wrote a blatant rip-off of my favorite movie at the time- "The Land Before Time". Instead of dinosaurs searching for a Great Valley, my story was about unicorns searching for a magical forest. I think that there was even overlap in the characters' names, but my teacher didn't notice. I got rave reviews!
What is your writing process?
I first come up with a general concept and do a little bit of brainstorming. Once I have a general idea of what will happen in the story, I then create an outline of what will specifically happen in each chapter... although I don't always adhere to the outline, it helps me with the book's pacing once I actually start to write. When I actually sit down to write each chapter, I try not to go back and reread too much, but rather just get the ideas onto paper. If I tried to revise my work as I went I would never finish! Finally, I go back through and edit. This takes almost as long as it does to write the initial copy, and it's the hardest part. At times, the writing is great right off the bat, but more often; the first draft is so awful that I'm tempted to give up on the novel altogether! I'm hoping that I'll get better with practice.
How do you approach cover design?
I really think that the most important thing about a cover is that it clearly conveys the book's genre and the tone/mood of the book. For example, my writing is humorous, so it was really important to me that the cover of "Written in the Stars" not come off as too serious. I don't want my readers expecting a heart-wrenching drama only to be delivered a light romantic comedy.
Published 2014-01-01.
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Books by This Author

Written in the Stars
Price: Free! Words: 62,100. Language: English. Published: December 24, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » Chick lit, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
(5.00 from 4 reviews)
Jill has always relied on a bit of help from her horoscope in order to make decisions; but at 29, still single and in an unfulfilling career, she is starting to wonder if the stars have led her astray. After a psychic swears that passion lies in Brazil, Jill buys a bikini and books a plane ticket. What the psychic didn't foresee; however, was meeting sexy Andrew before even leaving the ground...