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Michelle Ian, a proud native of New England and a self-proclaimed horror fanatic, delves fearlessly into the depths of suspense, thrillers, and the eerie arts. In her spare time, she diligently sharpens her skills as a creative writer, aspiring to breathe life into three-dimensional, emotionally resonant characters who will captivate readers and lead them on unforgettable journeys. You can also find her at...
Do you feel like it’s most important to have A) Strong characters B) Mind-blowing Plot twists or C) Epic settings?
All these things are important. However, it is the characters that make or break a story. A strong character can literally make your heart beat faster. You love them. You hate them. You follow them all throughout the book from beginning to end with the single hope that in the end, the good guys win and the bad guys lose. Though we all know that is not always the case. A strong character can put a mirror up to our face, show us the beauty and the flaws. If, in any story, there are no powerful characters, then I guarantee no amount of Plot-twists or epic settings will make it a great story.
What has influenced you the most as a writer?
Joe Hill. Joe, like his father Stephen King, is more than just a talent. You can see the years of reading, writing, as well as the perfecting of his craft poured into his work. His writing is masterful. Joe Hill presents the illusion of effortless writing because he has put in so many years of practice, along with experiencing his fair share of rejection. And he did it without his father’s name.
What genre do you consider your book(s)?
Well, I’ve been told that I don’t really have one, so I adopted the trinity of Suspense, Thriller, and Horror. ‘Genre bending’ was the term offered by my editor.
Do you see writing as a career?
I do indeed. And I won’t stop until I get there…
What is your favorite quote?
Make the most of yourself, for that is all there is of you. (Ralph Waldo Emerson) The most self-explanatory and subtly perfect quote. You get one life, one chance, one-fold, one ripple in the fabric of time. Blaze like a beacon in the night so that your light illuminates the tides.
Which famous person, living or dead, would you like to meet and why?
James Dean. The Rebel. Yes, he existed more than a lifetime ago, but I just loved everything about the man. His look, his style, his legacy… I watched an in-depth documentary on him and the one consensus was the man was anything but vain. In fact, He would often tussle his clothes and hair to look less attractive. Joke was on him, if that was the case. I believe he was one of the most quirky, beautiful, and enigmatic people of his time and beyond. He was a legend.
Which is your favorite season to write in, and why?
Winter. I don’t feel like I’m missing out on getting out. I love the Summer and basking in the sunshine. The Winter… Well, that to me is perfect writing weather because I consider the outside to be a fresh batch of frigid hell. Hence, I don’t ski or anything of the sort. You would find me in a lodge, in front of a fireplace, dishing up my next story than out in the cold.
If you have pictures on your writing desk, who/what are they of?
I visited a pow-wow in Florida a few years back. While I was there perusing the booths, I ran into a gentleman selling photographs and the sort. I picked up one of two gray timber wolves. One was draped over the other in what I thought were two lovers playing about. He had me turn the picture over and I read they were displaying dominance behavior. That picture was the main inspiration for my second novel, The Dominant One. I even used the picture in my novel. A line in my 2nd book… Two gray timber wolves displaying dominance behavior—Montana. How could that be? He would’ve guessed the two wolves were mates or perhaps even lovers, as one lie playfully draped over the other. They didn’t appear to be fighting, snarling, or facing each other head on.
Give a shout-out to a fellow author.
Cara Lockwood. She is a best-selling chick lit, romance, suspense, paranormal and young adult novelist… and also my editor. She has been an invaluable resource to me over the years. And… She’s a hell of a lot of fun to work with as well. Check her out!
Michelle's book The Dominant One is available for purchase on Amazon.
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