Who are your favorite authors? How did they influence your writing?
David Eddings was my first brush with fantasy, Jane Austen was my first time with literary romance, and T.H. White was the first time I had ever seen the two blended. These three authors inspired me to write a literary romance/fantasy series, and that is all I have written since.
When did you decide you wanted to be a writer? Why did you decide to write?
I had been writing since I was in grade 4, ridiculous stories of cat-people and gargoyles, but it was when I was fourteen that I resigned myself to a life of living by the pen. I wrote because I could do nothing else. That worked out pretty well for me.
What do you wish someone had told you about writing that you learned the hard way?
I wish someone would have told me that there is no wrong way to write. There really is no guidebook on how to write a best-selling novel, and the only way to learn how to write is to do it. Going to writing classes and critique groups does very little where writing for at least an hour every day can do wonders. I really wish someone would have told me that getting published is the easy part; it’s everything else afterward that is the more difficult portion of the business. Promotions, tours, appearances, book signings: these are the more trying parts of writing because they take you from your work but are necessary evils. If no one knows about the books, no one will read them.
What is your next project?
I am currently finishing edits for Commander and Den Asaan Vol. 2 and Tales from Frewyn Vol. 2 while writing book twenty-three in the Haanta Series. Being busy is always good.
What are you reading now?
I have just finished Paul Creswick’s Robin Hood, which was brilliant, and I am currently reading T.H. White’s Mistress Masham’s Repose, about a little girl who discovers Gulliver’s Lilliputians. I highly recommend it for everyone who enjoys contemporary MG fantasy.
By Michelle Franklin
Khantara tells the story of the Den Asaan Rautu’s mother and father.
Khantara is a Haanta conquerer, meant to wage war and rule over the enemy nation of Thellis, but after vanquishing Thellis and occupying a construction of a Haanta outpost, he meets Anelta, a woman enslaved by her own people bearing a brand of servitude on her neck. Khantara contrives to save her from a cruel home and bring her to the refuge his people can provide, but how can he do so successfully when the eyes of Thellis are upon him?
Advance praise from Avery’s Book Nook:
“After having read only a few pages of this book, I recalled how exceptional Michelle is not only at her world building, but also her character development- talents which completely draw the reader in, making them impervious to everything going on around them. I don’t think it possible for the reader to not fall in love with Khantara and Anelta.”
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