Get to know Michelle with some FAQ’s

How long does it take to write a book?

About a year. I’m a slow writer and don’t write fulltime because I have other jobs. 

Did you write as a kid?

Sure did! My two passions were horses, reading, and playing the guitar (badly). I recall writing a story about a girl set in Victorian England from the landed gentry who was misunderstood and had unlimited access to beautiful horses, that understood her. I wrote it on sheets of pink paper thrown out from someone’s office, on an old typewriter thrown out from another office. I hid the pages in my guitar case with some cigarettes (gag!). I was experimenting with smoking, which didn’t last. My mother found the cigarettes and the story. 

What are you working on now?

Forget Me Not, which is Aaron and Harmony’s story. Aaron was the injured, playboy soldier with the secret wife in Hand Me Down. And I have made a start on Ben and Starr’s story which will be the third and final book in the Jackson family trilogy (Bonkers, Barefoot). 

Where do you get your ideas for stories?

Everywhere! There is no rhyme or reason to it. I dreamed the scene in Heaven’s Waiting Room in Bonkers, and I was pegging socks on the line one day and heard a man demanding to know where his socks were and that’s how Knotted came about. 

Who is your favourite character per book?

Obviously, the main characters. But some of my favourite “secondary” characters are…
Bonkers – Slade
Divine – Uncle Eric and the “boys” from Peacehaven Retreat
Knotted – The Fabello family
Barefoot – Nora
Hand Me Down – The Gutsell family

What do you love most about being a writer?

The buzz I get from hearing people have read my book, enjoyed it and want more. I’m grateful for that and the loyalty my readers have shown and how they’ve encouraged me to keep going. Also, I get a kick out of hearing from people who have bought my books that have been translated into other languages and finding out my stories and humour works despite the culture/language.

You're not a fulltime writer, so when do you write?

Whenever I can fit it in. I’m a night owl so I’m often writing when everyone else is in bed. It’s my happy place. 

What's the funniest thing people say to you when they find out you're a writer?

“I’ve always wanted to write a book; I must do it when I have a long weekend free.”

What are your hobbies?

I gave up guitar. Yoga, swimming, buying junk and up-cycling it, hanging out with my dogs. Drinking wine and eating chocolate – these are less a hobby and more of a profession. 

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