Author Michelle Muto has always loved storytelling. When she was a child, her favorite stories were of monsters and things that lurked in the dark. Telling stories often frightened her classmates and got her into a lot of trouble with her teachers. Apparently they had no sense of humor! Well we do here, and I got quite a giggle out of that.
As an adult, Michelle traded her love of writing for the corporate life where she was an IT professional. Luckily for us, today she's doing what she loves best - writing and storytelling.
Michelle grew up in Chicago, but currently lives in NE Georgia with her husband and their two dogs. She loves scary books, funny movies, sports cars, chocolate, dogs, and changes of season. Below are the questions posed to Michelle and the answers she so thoughtfully gave us.
*What was your life like before becoming an author?
Probably a bit more sane. I certainly had more time for things.
*How personal is your writing?
For The Book of Lost Souls, not very personal at all, although my dog Ronan was the inspiration for Ivy’s pet, a dog breed called a Beezlepup. For Don't Fear the Reaper, it was much more personal. Anyone who has ever lost a loved one will understand.
*Which comes first? The character's story or the idea for the novel?
The idea or concept comes first. It all starts with "What if..."
*What is your favorite authors/books?
I have quite a few favorite authors! Stephen King, J.K. Rowling, Dean Koontz, David Sedaris, Kelley Armstrong, Shirley Jackson, and Janet Evanovich to name a few.
*If you could have dinner with one person, dead or alive, who would it be and why?
Vincent Price or Rod Serling. Vincent Price had a unique love of life and a great sense of humor. Rod Serling because I love the old Twilight Zones. Serling had a knack for storytelling. There weren't any gore or special effects to frighten you in the Twilight Zone episodes.
*What was the hardest part to write in the book(s)?
The last two chapters of Don't Fear the Reaper. Not because the ending didn’t come easily, but because it was such a pivotal, emotional moment in the story. I can’t say more without spoilers, but one scene hits pretty close to home for me.
*Tell us your latest news?
I just released my second novel, Don't Fear the Reaper, back in late September. I’m also pleased to announce that I’m part of a indie project that is raising money for the fight against breast cancer. Indie Chicks - 25 Women, 25 Personal Stories, was released in early November. All proceeds benefit the Susan G. Komen foundation. The ebook is available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble for 99 cents.
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A room without books is like a body without a soul. -Cicero