Interviewing Author Michelle Files
Q1. Tell me about yourself what are your favorite books to read?
A. I've lived in California my entire life, but think it would be fun to move somewhere completely different for a while. Like Rome. :-) I am a mother of two, who are both awesome adults now.
I love to read mystery, thrillers. And a book has to capture my attention quickly because I lose interest fast. That's why I try to start my books with a hook from the first chapter.
Q2. When did you decide you were going to write a book?
A. That's an interesting question, because I recently found an old manuscript that I had started in 1988, and never finished! I don't know if that counts though. I got really serious about writing and publishing about 5 years ago.
Q3. How did you come up with the name of your books?
A. So far, I haven't named any of my books until almost done with them. I need to write it to know what title will work.
It's an ongoing process throughout writing each book. Whenever something comes up in the book, or I hear a term I like, I write it down. Then when I'm ready to actually pick out a name, I do some research on each title I have. I need to make sure there aren't 100 books already with that title.
Q4. What are you working on for 2019?
A. I have already published a five book episodic serial, which was great fun to write. Now I'm working on a family saga, with some crime, family secrets, and mysteries all weaved in.
Q5. How long have you been writing?
A. I've been writing seriously for about 5 years.
Q6. What advice would you give other authors?
A. Write every single day. Without fail. Even if it's just one sentence. Some of us have busy lives. Eventually, that one sentence per day will be an entire book. I find that if I skip a few days, it's harder to get back into it. I keep my momentum going by writing something every day, no matter what.
Don't stress your first book too much. We all can't be Harper Lee. Write another one. And then another.
Q7. where can people find you online?
A. MichelleFiles.com, and feel free to email me at MichelleFilesBooks@gmail.com. I love getting fan email.
Q8. Do you plan on making more books in the future?
A. Absolutely. This is my career. I plan to write 5-10 every year.
Q9. How many books have you written?
A. Probably 20. I currently have 11 published. This includes 3 separate series:
Tyler Mystery Series - This is more of a young adult kidnapping mystery.
Wildflower Mystery Series - This takes place on Wildflower Island, where a group of teen girls solves some murders.
Ivy Wells Mystery Series - This is a time travel thriller where a serial killer stalks a girl through her many lives.
Q10. did you go to college to be a writer?
A. Not to be a writer, though I wish I had. I have a Bachelor's in Psychology.
I would like to say Thank you to the Author Michelle Files for allowing me to Interview her on my blog.