What is your genre? Why did you choose it?
Fantasy, usually High/Epic. I choose the genre because writing fantasy gives you the ultimate freedom. Especially in High Fantasy, you’re never restrained by reality. You can create worlds that could never exist in real life, play around with the laws of physics and have your characters get attacked by monsters as you see fit.
Do you work on more than one manuscript at a time?
I sometimes get sidetracked and start a new project, but I usually only get 2 or 3 chapters in before I return to my main manuscript. I can’t work actively on more than one.
Do you work with a writing/critique group?
I used to bounce ideas back and forth with a few other writers and readers. Unfortunately, my favorite writing buddy had another child recently, leaving me desperately looking for someone as amazing for my inspiration as she was. I have not been successful yet!
Can you remember your first reading book?
I’m not sure, but I think it involved an elephant…
Do you nibble on snacks while writing? If so, what is your chosen treat?
Only if they’re within reach. Salty treats are great, but unfortunately I have a bad habit of forgetting such trivial things as food and sleep when I get into writing something. Last time I was finishing up a book, I worked intensely for 4 hours and nearly keeled over when I stood up because I hadn’t even remembered to drink anything.
A blood clot can form within two hours, so getting up and stretching is a good idea, too! Drinking enough is my downfall, I forget I need fluids.
Let’s see, let’s see… 3 empty cans of Monster Energy Drink, various USB-harddrives, note papers, pens, superglue(huh?), a couple of books, a coupon for Vistaprint, fish oil, a navigation system, a few comics, various remotes, and a wig(double huh)… And that’s just the desk. To my left, it seems like a hurricane went through and to my right, boxes are scattered around, soon to be blocking any exit if I don’t want to climb them.
So yes, bombsite. If a bomb left this much rubbish behind…
Are you published in the traditional manner or self published? Share your journey.
Self-published. I wanted to preserve the joy of writing, not turn it into a chore, and I knew sending out tons of queries, only to receive tons of rejection letters would ruin it for me. And I discovered that I really like the freedom and control that comes with self-publishing!
Of course, it’s also hard work and it can be tiring, but it’s worth it once you finish that book and get it out there. And if I forget that, I just pick up one of my POD-paperbacks with the cover I chose and the content I wanted and remind myself that it would never look like that if I had a publishing house take control.
Who would you say have been the three most influential authors in your reading/writing life?
J.K. Rowling was the one who opened my eyes to fantasy with her amazing Harry Potter books(which I have read times and times again), Terry Pratchett was an influence for being the first author I read in English, just for the joy of it(it wasn’t long before I stopped reading Danish books altogether) and Stephanie Meyers for giving me confidence in my own abilities(if her books are good enough to get millions of fans worldwide, then mine are certainly worthy of being released to the public. However, I lose my confidence when I compare my writing to that of Rowling).
What advice would you like to share with other writers/authors with regard to preparing a manuscript?
As my Aikido sensei used to say: Breaks are what makes you weak. Stopping up and asking yourself questions is the single worst thing you can do. Even if you start doubting, you have to power through or you might keep stalling forever.
Believe me. I only say this because when I get stuck, I get really stuck. And even if the inspiration or motivation simply isn’t there, there’s nothing else to do but sit down and write.
If the movie rights to your novels are purchased, who would you like to play your main characters?
I have always been able to see Kate Beckinsale as my main character Selissa. A friend said he imagined Hugh Laurie(yes, we’re going British) as the first book’s male lead Alassane. However, I’m seriously stuck on who would be suitable for the series’ anti-hero Ardeth. He’s not only a very complicated character to write, apparently he’s also a hard character to cast!
I was on my way to the supermarket, when … Do you have a tale to tell relating to an everyday, boring event?
Every day is a little weird when you write fantasy and own an owl, but some days are just brilliant. Not long ago, I went to pick up my laptop after I sent it to be repaired and waiting in line, I saw a man with an actual hook for a hand. There were so many pirate jokes, it was almost painful to stay quiet…
Michelle Louring was born and raised in Denmark where she still lives, surrounded by her two big dogs, her cat and her owl. Yes, you read that right, her owl.
From a very young age, she loved reading and writing in Danish, but quickly fell in love with the more expressive English language when she was taught it in school. Now nearly all the books on her bookshelf are in English and not even her to do-lists get written in Danish.
Besides writing, she has a great passion for falconry(hence the owl), archery and occasionally martial arts. She is also quite a geek as she enjoys comics, superhero movies and has been a gamer of World of Warcraft for 8 years.
Her first novel Resounding Echo was published in November 2011. The series is continued in the second book Silent Sound.
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