Author Spotlight with Michelle Argyle (contest info too)
K.S. Hello and welcome to the blog. I am very excited to have you here. Why don’t we start off with a small introduction? Tell us a little about yourself.
M.A. Thank you for having me here! I’m a wife, mother, artist, and writer all rolled into one. It makes for an interesting combination, but I love what I do. My husband is an actor, so we’re a very artistic and interesting family! I’m sure my daughter will end up on stage one day. She’s extremely dramatic. I have no idea where she gets that from…
K.S. Any interesting writing quirks or stories you would like to share with my readers?
M.A. Until I wrote my latest novella, Cinders, I rarely read fantasy, and I’d never attempted to write it before. I feel like I’ve jumped into deep water and I’m learning how to swim for the first time. Kind of scary!
K.S. When did you realize you wanted to be a writer? What sparked the desire to pen your first novel?
M.A. I wanted to be a writer as young as 10 years old, and I have a few little books I wrote between then and the time I turned 16. By that time, I had an idea for a full-fledged novel. I’m not sure what sparked the desire, but I’m pretty sure it was my characters. I knew they had to be heard!
K.S. What genre do you write?
M.A. I write contemporary, literary, and fantasy fiction. All of my short fiction is literary. I’ve written three contemporary novels, two of them bordering on Young Adult and the other an adult thriller. My latest work is a fantasy novella that I mentioned above.
K.S. What would you say has inspired you most in your writing career? Or, who is your favorite author and why?
M.A. I think reading other novels has inspired me most in my writing career. I love to emulate those I admire, and since I graduated with a degree in English/Creative Writing, I got to read a lot of amazing classical literature. My favorite novel of all time is The Great Gatsby. For me, that book comes as close to perfection as any novel I’ve ever read.
K.S.What does your family think of your writing?
M.A. They support me fully, although I think my parents sometimes think I’m a bit insane, and I tend to be a recluse, always working on my writing, so that can breed frustration. Still, they are happy for me. My husband has always been 100% invested in my work, as I am in his own creative pursuits. I have no idea what my 4-year-old thinks. I’m sure she thinks I’m crazy.
K.S. What was one of the most surprising things you learned while creating your book/s?
M.A. That I can write any character I want and have them come alive for me.
K.S. What inspires you?
M.A. Reading other great novels that I wish I had written. That makes me try harder!
K.S. Can you tell us a little about any of your novels?
My novella, Cinders, is my most recent achievement. It has been described as “a wonderful ride through a dark suspenseful world, which features a cunning, secretive Cinderella. Luscious prose, and seat of your pants page turning suspense will have you gulping down this gem in one sitting.”
The novella is about Cinderella’s happily-ever-after not turning out the way she expected. With her fairy godmother imprisoned in the castle and a mysterious stranger haunting her dreams, Cinderella is on her own to discover true love untainted by magic.
K.S. Where can we buy your novel?
M.A.You can purchase Cinders as a paperback on: Amazon.com or on my author site here.
You can purchase Cinders as an ebook on: Kindle or Smashwords.
K.S. Do you have a website, fan site, or Blog that we can visit?
M.A.Yes, you can visit my Author Site at: michelledavidsonargyle.com
Or my blog at: theinnocentflower.blogspot.com
K.S. Do you have any closing advice to aspiring writers?
M.A. Write first, then network, then write some more. Also, one person’s publishing path may not be right for another. Some people don’t need agents, some people do. Some people are fine with a small press, some people need more than that. No matter how you decide you want to get your work out there, be proud of your decisions and go forth boldly as soon as you feel ready. I think many writers publish too soon, so take the time to do your homework and see what will work for you.
NOW FOR THE FUN STUFF
Michelle is doing a giveaway in conjunction with this tour!! To participate click this link.
Or go by her blog http://www.michelledavidsonargyle.com/2010/09/cinders-blog-book-tour-begins-shortly.html
Sign up for the giveaway. She has lots of great prizes. It only takes a second to stop in and add your name to the list.