Interview with My Seashell Books - Michele L. Hinton

Published 2020-09-13.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The stories that impacted me the most were the ones written by Edgar Rice Burroughs, especially his John Carter of Mars series.. When I was young, my mom used to read the stories to my dad and I would listen. When I became older, I reread them myself-- more than once.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
It's difficult to limit myself to five favorite books so I'll list the series of books I enjoyed: John Carter Series and Tarzan series, by Edgar Rice Burroughs; the Dragon Rider's of Pern Series, by Anne McCaffrey; The Clan of the Cave Bear Series, by Jean Auel. Fantasy and science fiction are my favorite books to read.
Which of the books you've written are your favorites?
It's difficult to choose. It's like asking a mother, which of her children does she love the best. My books and the characters within them are the children of my imagination. They each have something that is special to them.
When did you first start writing?
I started writing about 30 years ago, but put my writing aside when I couldn't find an agent or a publisher. With the coming of self-publishing, that kickstarted my creative juices flowing again.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
The inability to find an agent or a traditional publisher who would take an unknown author. I wanted to get my works out there for the potential to be read. My books are my legacy.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My latest book is called, A Soul's Journey. It was co-written by Christopher Novander. He gave me the idea and the basic premise so I could pick up the ball and run with it. A Soul's Journey, is the fantastical story of one Soul's Journey through the Soul Lines. There are a lot of “what ifs” in the world. It is believed that all creatures on Earth have a Soul. So, what if a Soul existed in a world of its own before being paired with the creatures of Earth? There are choices to be made and rules to follow, and just like the people of Earth, if rules are broken, unintentionally or not, there are consequences that follow, judgments to be rendered and punishments to fit the crime.
How do you approach cover design?
Sometimes covers are inspired by elements written within a book. The cover for my book of poetry and short stories, called The Poet's Moon, also inspired another poem that I put on the back cover. I found that cover on a premade book cover website. Two of my covers were drawn by local artists.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
It is my believe that writing let's an author's alternate personality deep with them come out, whether it be a character of questionable morality, or someone magnanimous. We live our dreams within our imaginations.
Do you hope your writing will make you rich and famous?
Of course! But, let me put it this way-- I'll keep my day job until that happens, lol. Just like parents wants there children to succeed, I'd like to see my books be favored by the readers. It may sound self-serving, but I'm proud of the work that I've created. God gave me an imagination; it would be a shame to let it go by the wayside.
How do you hope your writing will affect readers?
I would hope that it would draw an emotional response. One of my readers contacted me and told me that she hated me for what I did to one of the characters in one of my books, but she also told me it was a fun book and a thoroughly enjoyable read. If my words can make someone laugh, cry, get mad, or give them pause to say, hmmm, then I've accomplished my goal.
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