Talkshow Thursday: Welcome Michelle Connell
Linda: Thanks for joining me today. Congratulations on the release of your third novel Accident Encounter. What was your inspiration for the story?
Michelle: Unfortunately, Accident Encounter, is on hold. Due to the Corona Virus, I didn’t get the third reader copy back in time to get it published. And there are many more problems than at first thought. I am also unfortunately one of those writers who can’t concentrate and write right now. Accident Encounter may not be available until next year.
LM: The age old question: are you a plotter or a pantster, and what is your writing routine?
Michelle: I am definitely a pantster. I never planned to write novels until my writer’s group convinced me back in 2006 to try National Novel Writing Month (NanoWrimo). I thought they were crazy. I had three kids at the time and the youngest was 10 months old. But I found I could do it and I enjoyed it!
LM: Lots of research goes into writing a book. Did you unearth a particularly interesting tidbit you just knew had to be included in the story?
Michelle: I used to live in Kansas City where my book takes place, but it has been years, so I looked up some restaurants and parks in the area that are in my book.
LM: What is one thing you wish you knew how to do?
Michelle: I would like to learn how to watercolor. Someday, in my spare time. Ha!
LM: In addition to your novels, you have written a non-fiction book to aid writers. How is writing
Michelle: The non-fiction book was our writer’s group’s experience with writing prompts. That one was more personal experience, so it didn’t require any research. But like fiction, it still needed editing, and a logical order.
LM: If money were no object, where would you choose to vacation?
Michelle: I would either choose an around-the-world cruise, or a resort in someplace warm and sunny, with lots of sand and pretty water. We are praying right now we can go on our planned vacation next month to Myrtle Beach, if they open the beaches. But because of the virus, we aren’t sure yet.
LM: If you could interview anyone (living or dead), who would you talk to, and what is one question you’d ask them?
Michelle: One of my favorite authors is Agatha Christie, and I would ask her how she developed Miss Marple and Hercule Poirot so thoroughly, so that readers feel they know them as real people. At least I do!
LM: What is your next project?
Michelle: Once I get Accident Encounter out, I have another Chance Encounter novel or two to choose from to finish. One takes place in Lincoln, Nebraska, where I grew up, Love Letter/Mail Encounter (working title) or Bible Encounter (working title), where an airman puts a small New Testament in his pocket and it saves his life from shrapnel.
LM: Where can folks find you on the web?
Michelle: website: www.michelleconnellwrites.net
Thanks so much, Linda, for having me!