Hey folks! We’re lucky to have Michelle Davidson Argyle, author of Cinders, as a guest today at The Asylum. We’ve asked her some questions and I have it on good authority that if you read the answers and comment you’ll be entered into a drawing to win some really awesome stuff!! So, read, comment, and if you win you’d better come back here and brag about it 🙂
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P.S. This was originally scheduled for the 22nd, but I’m hanging out at the beach and I’ve got spotty internet, so just pretend that today is the 22nd and we’ll be good!
2. Is there a character who was more interesting or fun to work with than the others?
For some reason I absolutely love Fortune, the head cook. She was so alive for me, and I had no problems writing her or envisioning her at all. These types of characters are the most fun because it’s like they almost really exist – they are that real in my mind. Fortune isn’t even a secondary character, really, but does serve as a sort of “safe” character for Cinderella.
3. Do you have a favorite? (character)
My favorite character is Cinderella. Usually I love the villain the most, but there isn’t a true villain in Cinders, in my opinion. I love Cinderella the most because she is very complex and real to me. Although she makes mistakes, I can relate to her the most. This may be why the book was easier for me to write than other books I’ve written.
4. What is the biggest challenge facing self-published authors?
I must say the stigmas against self-publishing – at least for me. I constantly find myself comparing myself to others and making myself think that sales are everything. I think most self-published authors think their book’s worth is based on sales. It’s sad when I don’t sell any copies one day and I get gloomy because of it. It’s like I’ve completely forgotten all the great reviews and support of my readers.
5. Do you share your work with friends and family while you are in the writing process or do you limit feedback to beta readers?
When I first started seriously writing again 3 1/2 years ago after a 5 year break, I shared everything with my immediate friends and family. They were the only network I had. Then I discovered blogging and I’ve built up a network of writer friends who are spectacular. I still share my work with immediate friends and family, but not like I used to. I don’t think they’re interested in reading all my rough drafts. I think they’d rather just buy a finished book.
6. Being a mother and an author isn’t easy, what helped you to manage your time?
I am literally stuck at home with no car every single day. This helps me focus on doing things here at home with a loose, but efficient schedule. My daughter is getting older and about to go into preschool, so that is going to help. Mainly I just make sure I do a little of everything every day: play with my daughter, clean the house, do laundry, prepare meals, and write and network and market all in between. My computer is in the living room, right in the hub of everything. That helps to go back and forth.
7. Do you have any writing rituals?
Nope, not really. I’m pretty easy-going when it comes to writing. I do write best when it’s quiet and I have chocolate nearby…
8. Where is your favorite place to write?
In my bed with my netbook.
9. Do you outline a story before beginning or do you wing it?
I used to not outline, or at least I would only outline a little at a time. For Cinders, however, I did a complete outline first. And a synopsis. That sure made things a lot easier. I think I’ll try this with every work from now on. My outlines stay very loose, though. I like to let the story go where it needs to go.
10. What question do you wish that someone would ask you about your book, but nobody has? What’s the answer to that question?
Uhhh, hah! I’d have to say nobody has asked me if I want Cinderella to end up with someone different at the end of the book. I’d have to say my romantic sensibilities would love to have her end up with her elf. He’s just so romantic and sweet and magical and I’d love to see her happy with him, but when I got to that point in the story it felt wrong and I couldn’t do it. Sorry if that spoiled the end for anyone. I’ve worded it as vaguely as I could!