Monday, April 11, 2011

Getting to Know Michelle Merrill

Today I'm pleased to introduce you to another participant in Rachael Harrie's Second Platform-Building Crusade: Michelle Merrill. Hello Michelle, thanks for stopping by! I can't wait to learn more about you, so let's get started:

How long have you been writing?

I’d like to say that I’ve dreamt of being a writer my whole life…but that would be a lie. I started writing on January 3, 2010.

What made you want to write?

I blame it entirely on the character’s that took over my mind. The only way to make them stop was to write out what they had to say. More than once my mind was occupied by the ‘fake’ conversation going on in my head while spacing out on the real life one in front of my face. Oh, my poor family and friends.

Do you have any pet peeves while writing?

My pet peeves change but my biggest one right now is if someone touches me. My kids like to sit next me and lean on my arms. It just doesn’t work.

What are your favorite genres to write?

My all time favorite is fantasy. Paranormal takes a close second, though, with contemporary thriller’s just behind.

Quick, you only have five minutes to check one or two writing blogs, which ones would you go to?

Life, the Universe, and Writing by Shallee McArthur.

My Writing Bug by Chantele Sedgwick.

If you could pick the setting of one book to live in, which would it be?

The Copper Isles from Trickster’s Choice.

What's your favorite:

Book-Pride and Prejudice.

Author-Tamora Pierce.

Character- Enna from Enna Burning.

Thing about writing- The ability to create.

Time of the day- When the kids are all asleep in their beds.

And last, but not least, do you prefer fruity candy or chocolate?

Fruity. Sour fruity is even better!

Thanks for hanging out with us today, Michelle! And if you haven't met Michelle yet, be sure to stop by her blog and say hello!


Kelly Polark said...

Fun interview! I've had the kids lean on me while writing too which is why I usually write when they are in bed!

Jemi Fraser said...

Fun interview! Leaning kids make it hard to type! The genres you write in are all fun - look forward to reading your work one day! :)

J.L. Campbell said...

Nice to know a little more about you, Michelle.
Saying hey to Susan as well!

Tracy said...

Thanks for sharing; it's fascinating to hear other author's likes, dislikes, pet peeves and what works for them!

Lenny Lee said...

hi miss susan and miss michelle! cool interview. for sure its fun getting to know writers. i could learn so much for all these neat writers.
...hugs from lenny

Michelle Merrill said...

Thanks for the interview Susan! It was fun :) And for the record, I typically only write when the kids are in bed. But sometimes I just can't hold back when the baby is taking a nap. The other three watch a movie during nap time but they like to lean on me.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Sour fruity is good!

Lynda R Young as Elle Cardy said...

It's great to get to know Michelle a little better. I love that you are able to state the exact date you started writing.

Anonymous said...

Oh no leaning kids lol I know the feeling :)

Old Kitty said...

Hello Michelle!! Great to meet you!! Glad that you are giving a written platform to the voices in your head!! Yay!

All the best with your writing! Thanks Susan for a fun interview! Take care

Theresa Milstein said...

Nice to learn more about Michelle. I liked the questions, Susan.

Brian said...

Anyone who likes fruity is A-O-K, that was a great interview!

Talli Roland said...

Great interview, ladies. I can't imagine trying to write with someone on my arm. :)

Jennifer Shirk said...

Enjoyed this interview! No chocolate? Perish the thought! LOL!

KM Nalle said...

sour fruity - yum! Nice to learn more about you. Susan, I like the interview questions about pet peeves and favs.

DEZMOND said...

greetings to Michelle, seems like a lovely girl!

Michelle Merrill said...

Thanks for reading about me everyone! When the kids lean, I don't write. But they are pretty good about sitting near me and not next to me most of the time.

And although I like fruity candy better, I still love chocolate :)

Golden Eagle said...

Great interview! It was fun to learn more about Michelle.

The Copper Isles? YES. Trickster's Choice was one good book. :)

MTeacress said...

I'll be sure to stop by right now. :) Thanks for introducing her.

Stephanie said...

Great interview!! Love when the house is silent!!! Usually that is when my kids are in bed too!

Shallee said...

Great interview, Michelle! Thanks for hosting it, Susan. :)

Carolina M. Valdez Schneider said...

Super interview, Susan! I've come across Michelle before, but now I know so much more about her. she seems really great. Great inspiration to those who have decided to take up writing in adulthood. I think a lot of people do.

Lydia Kang said...

I also write after the kiddies are asleep. Great interview, and love that face paint!

Hema Penmetsa said...

Thanks for introducing Michelle, Susan! I love learning about what got each writer started and what makes them tick!

Carol Riggs said...

Nice interview! Fun to read more about you, Michelle--and I look forward to meeting you possibly next month in Portland!! (I hope you can still come!)

Nas said...

Hi Susan, Hello Michelle,

Great reading about you, Michelle. Thanks for sharing!

Deniz Bevan said...

Great interview! Mm, sour fruity candy sounds quite good. It's been ages since I read a good fantasy.

Sharon K. Mayhew said...

Thanks for introducing us to Michelle, Susan. :)

Michelle Merrill said...

Thanks again for all the comments :) I'm glad that I got to meet all of you as well! Just a few clarifier's...I did not do that face paint. I wish I did but I didn't. Next time I meet the lady who did it though, I'm getting her name and putting it on my blog. In fact by then it might be time for another face paint ;)

Carol-I will definitely be there. It's on my calender and not moving.

Deniz-if you need a good fantasy book let me know. There are so many out there :)

Laura S. said...

Fun interview! I know what she means about the touching thing. I don't have kids, but I have a husband who always seems to want to hug me whenever I'm in the middle of a really important scene, lol.

Michelle looks a little like Drew Barrymore in that picture!

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