Michelle Young (Author)
Do you think that creativity involves putting your heart and soul into your work? Or is it more like letting your mind flow freely to witness the surprising results of your actions?
I would say it’s a little bit of both. For me, the stories come in flashes and certain elements are unexpected to me. My novel There She Lies had some surprising elements in it that made me pause many times, wondering if I could finish it. I had planned on writing on post-partum depression, but the ending of the book took me by surprise.
There’s definitely a little of me in each story. I find it helpful to draw on my own experiences while writing.
If you could become one of your characters/works of art, which one would you choose? Why?
My characters are equally flawed as they are strong. The stories share their lives at distressing times, forcing them into situations they never imagined they would find themselves. They aren’t always likable, and when you read the story, there’s usually a reason why that is. As Your Move was my debut novel, I associate a lot to Claire. In There She Lies, I based Quinn’s experience of post-partum depression on my own battle with it.
What do you do to get into your creative zone?
I like to set up at my desk, with a hot drink and my essential oils diffuser on. I find that I can’t write in silence, so I usually try and have music in the background. I also find walking and going for a drive helps me get into my creative zone.
Have you ever felt enlightened by an event in the past that has given you a new perspective on life? Please explain.
Getting diagnosed with infertility at the age of 23 opened my eyes to invisible battles. This, including my healing journey through a past abusive relationship, helped me write in a different way that reached others who may have similar experiences. I found strength in being vulnerable, in sharing with others about my struggles.
It took the shame away for me and connected me with so many people who shared their own stories with me. It’s an absolute privilege and honour to hear someone share this part of their soul. I know how much it takes to open up about certain things.
What impact do you think that commercialism and the media has had on your work? Is this good or bad?
As an indie author, I do find it difficult to ‘compete’ with traditionally published books, however, social media has made reaching my target audience easier than ever. It’s been a wonderful tool for me to connect with other authors, build friendships with them and discover book bloggers and readers who want to share my books with their friends. I know that my book isn’t as well known, yet. But it doesn’t mean it never will be. I just need to keep going with it and slowly, more and more people will hear about it and pick it up.
I believe the opportunities are out there and if you want to write a book, you shouldn’t worry about trying to sell it, but rather if you’d like to read it yourself.
If you enjoy it, then the chances are others will too. The passion to write is always first, sales come later.
If you had the opportunity, what creative person (living or dead) would you like to work with? Why?
Ruth Ware. She’s the reason I started writing thriller novels to begin with and she’s a lovely, creative woman. I love her books and have read them all. Her writing style is completely enthralling and the way she twists things is inspiring.