Michelle M Welch


Michelle M. Welch wrote her first book at the age of 9 - a handwritten stack of paper bound with string and shelved in her elementary school library. A lifelong fan of fantasy, science fiction, and magical realism, she had her first short story published in a small press anthology in 1995. Her fantasy trilogy The Five Countries was published by Bantam Spectra, starting with Confidence Game in 2003. The Gbahn and Archipelago novels are a departure into independent publishing.

When not writing, she works as a librarian and dabbles in music and other arts. She was creator and editor of the podcast anthology Theme and Variations, featuring short speculative fiction with music as a theme. She lives in the Phoenix, Arizona area with two cats, one husband, and too many musical instruments.

Smashwords Interview

What do you read for pleasure?
I read a little of everything: fantasy and science fiction, of course, but also some mystery, literary, historical, and mainstream fiction, and nonfiction in various subjects. As in my day job - as a reference librarian - I'm more of a generalist than a specialist. I may not be able to give you an in-depth discussion of every major fantasy novel published last year, but I can tell you a little about a lot of things. (I've started using Goodreads to track what I'm reading - look me up there to see more!)
What is your e-reading device of choice?
It's hard to answer this without putting my librarian hat back on, because e-readers and e-books are a topic of such debate in the library world. E-readers are just a tool. Use whichever one works for you, given the situation. I keep a book or two on my Android phone at all times, either in Kindle or Overdrive Media Console, so that I'm never stuck waiting in, for example, a doctor's office without anything to read. If I'm going on vacation, I'll pack my Kobo for long afternoons with a book. If I need to annotate anything, I'll use my old Sony touchscreen. And if I just saw something that caught my interest, it'll probably be in good old paper format.
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Where to find Michelle M Welch online



The Source in the Desert
Series: Gbahn and Archipelago, Book 2. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 89,840. Language: English. Published: July 25, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Adventure » Sea adventures
The people of Gbahn face attack from the ships of the Archipelago. But the greatest danger may be from their own clerics and magic workers. Plagued by drought, dissent, and war, they have unknowingly released a force more powerful than they imagined. Their only hope might be a secret that has been hidden deep in the desert for centuries.
The Sea Between the Worlds
Series: Gbahn and Archipelago, Book 1. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 97,330. Language: English. Published: July 25, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Adventure » Sea adventures
The island nations of the Archipelago build warships with scarce wood and forbid the use of magic as cheating. But when a threat comes from the south and the desert land of Gbahn, they must unite forces - and people from very different worlds will be brought together to face secret struggles as terrible as any battle.

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