Monday, September 16, 2013

Interview: Michele de Winton

How cool is this?!? Entangled Publishing Indulgence author Michele de Winton is on the blog today! We have her for a fabulous interview and intriguing book blurb.

Love Lost and Found. By Michele de Winton

1. When did you realize you wanted to be a writer?

It wasn’t so much a realization as the gradual creep of discovering if I didn’t put words down each day I turned into Ms Crankyville. I hadn’t dreamed of being an author growing up (unless you count that brief moment when I copied out Where the Wild Things are and tried to pass it off as my own). I was the want-to-be-a-ballerina-when-I-grow-up type. I followed that dancing dream, all the way through law school, until I left and went to teach dance in India. Yep. India. The classically trained Indian dance teacher at the school I was sent to wasn’t impressed. So I ended up strumming a guitar and teaching orphans the words to Beatles songs before I wrote a play and we performed it, with Bengali subtitles, to one hundred and one people. Approximately. Truth is sometimes stranger than fiction. But sometime after that Ms Crankyville appeared when words weren’t a part of my daily diet. So along with a taste for dahl and rice, I can perhaps blame the fact that I lock myself away so often to type words onto the page on my misspent youth in India…

2. What is my writing schedule?

I try and head straight to the page each day but often I’m distracted by the call of emails and social media and try and clear that out of the way before the blinking curser curses me enough that I have to just start. I have a two year old and am about to have my second child so my writing days are restricted to when I have childcare, and very soon they’ll be restricted even more by when new baby sleeps and my eyes aren’t about to call out of my head! But I’ve been writing full time now for about two years and I couldn’t think of a better way to spend my working days.

3. What do you think makes a good book?

Relatable characters. I want to like the people I read about whether they’re ordinary (and I love ordinary) or out of this world. Sure they can have a nasty edge, but I want to know that under their quirks and bad language, their histrionics can pretty much be put down to similar fears and dreams as mine.

4. What were the last three books you read?

A little left field I’ll admit, but Russel Brand’s My Booky Wook. And then more in the romance vein, An Italian Affair by Annie Seaton and Ride With Me by Ruthie Knox.

5. What’s one thing you can’t live without?

Chocolate. Hot, cold, poured, frozen or baked, nothing beats a good slab of chocolatey goodness – except maybe a chocolate martini…

About Michele

Michele was born in the mid 1970’s amid a burgeoning sprawl of vineyards and new retirement homes. With two teachers as parents, her love of reading and books was cemented at an early age. Being a writer however, was not was she was supposed to do when she ‘grew up’. Despite training in law (or perhaps because of it) she has been a dancer, producer, writer, and all round arty type in various countries for most of her life.

Moving into writing full time in 2010 was like being a part of a contemporary romance – perfect! Creating new worlds for her characters, or rather letting those same characters show her their worlds is now a highlight of Michele’s daily life. And falling in love over and over as each hero and heroine allow their true feelings to surface is something very special. What a treat to do it every day! Now back home in New Zealand after travelling extensively, Michele writes from an office where the sound of the tapping keyboard is only rivalled by the whisper of wind in the trees.

Where you can find her:
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Twitter - @Micheledewinton

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So what about you? What's one thing you can't live without?
As always, thanks for stopping by!
xoxo ~Marisa

1 comment:

  1. Thanks so much for having me! Lovely to be here and have another book out in the world.