Please join me in welcoming Michele Richard to the BlookGirl Blog! Michele’s newest novel, Healing the Faith is due out on February 9, 2012, and this special visit is part of the Healing the Faith Blog Tour:
As part of her visit, Michele has answered several questions about the book, herself, and her writing process. I hope you enjoy her answers as much as I did!
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BlookGirl: Michele, thank you for stopping by BlookGirl on your Blog Tour for Healing the Faith, the sequel to Mocked by Faith. I am sure the readers of this blog will enjoy getting to know more about you in this Q&A session 🙂
Michele: Thank you for allowing me to stop by! Fire away!
BlookGirl: Did you know when writing Mocked by Faith that the story would continue into another novel?
Michele: As the story grew into its own, I knew a second book would be needed. I just couldn’t get it all in without it being huge. What I didn’t expect was for it to take three novels to complete.
BlookGirl: What came to you first – the characters or the story?
Michele: The story. It’s always about the idea first then the characters form and develop as it unfolds.
BlookGirl: What was the hardest part of writing the story of Justin and Alexia?
Michele: The loss of loved ones. I cried with my characters.
BlookGirl: Do you have a favorite character? If so, why is s/he your favorite?
Michele: I’m going to have to go with Justin. I love flawed characters. I want to see them grow and fix themselves.
BlookGirl: How did you come to write about such an interesting religion?
Michele: Wow that one stumped me. Like everything I write it just developed. My family is of mixed religions so it just grew into its own as mixture of those I know. In the end I wanted it to be unique.
BlookGirl: When writing, are you a planner or a “pantser”?
Michele: Pantser all the way! I love letting my characters tell me their story!
BlookGirl: Do you have any special writing routines?
Michele: This is going to sound weird but I always write better on my kitchen table with an Iced tea by my side. I have an office and a desk, yet this is how I am most productive.
BlookGirl: Is there anything about you that would surprise your readers?
Michele: Most people are shocked to hear I don’t watch TV. Not even the news. I have started one show on netfix’s but that’s it.
BlookGirl: What can your readers expect from you in the future?
Michele: I have a lot in the works right now. I have started writing a few short stories for publishing. The first comes out next month. Mocked by Faith ~ Healing the Faith is releasing February 9th. Parasouls ~ Divine Intervention is due out in May, 2012. Mocked by Faith ~ Affirming the Faith will be out in August 2012. I have several more I am developing for release later this year and into next year.
BlookGirl: You’re at your favorite coffee/tea shop: What do you order?
Michele: Iced Tea with two lemons and four Equal.
Michele Richard is the proud mother of 2 daughters. Married since 1997 to a wonderful husband, who for 25 years has been her best friend and supporter. Being an overly creative and caring person, she has been a volunteer co-leader for the Girl Scout Troop for five years. She takes great pride in teaching and guiding our future generations.
Her desire to continue her education drove her to attend night classes at Waltham High School. She refuse to just let life be. There is too much to learn than to stand by and watch it go by. Though she is not fluent yet in either, she has learned to speak French and Spanish in school. One day her dream is to be fluent in both.
”I supposed that makes me a lover of languages. Never stop learning is my motto.”
Travel is one of her great passions. Having seen the beaches of the Bahama’s, Aruba and Mexico to the deserts of Utah and Arizona, her personal favorite was bicycling down Mount Vail and standing on top of the Intercontinental Divide, followed closely by the Grand Canyon.
“America is truly a beautiful place to see. I recommend seeing as much of it as you can.”