This week’s In the Spotlight author is Aussie author Michelle Dennis! Michelle and I met through another Australian author and I’m so happy that we did! Michelle is as sweet as can be and I’m ecstatic that she wanted to stop by today for her blog tour! (Visit the tour page and check out the other posts!)
About Michelle as an author
What inspired you to write your first book?
When we moved to a new suburb in the outskirts of Perth, surrounded by a gorgeous pine forest and wineries – the imagination I had as a young girl began to emerge. My silly comments of dragons and fairies living in the forest became a story and I eventually began to write it all down. Wolfbaene, my first novel, was born.
What genre do you consider your books?
Infinite Completion & Absolution is a Contemporary Romance series. Wolfbaene is Children’s Fantasy.
Do you have a specific writing style?
I have been told my writing style is clean and a little fast paced, with bursts of wistfulness and romance.
Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
Grade 1 as I sat on the mat in class listening to my teacher read to us.
What is your favourite scene that you’ve written?
I can’t really pick my favourite scene – but the hardest scene is definitely the first sex scene in Absolution (*gigglesnort!)
Do you have any advice for other writers?
Read a lot, write outdoors sometimes and don’t give up.
Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
I love your support – thank you so much!
How do you beat writer’s block?
Sit outside with a notepad and meditate.
Are any of your characters are based on you?
Nope, they’re much smarter!
About Michelle’s upcoming release, ABSOLUTION
How did you come up with the title?
It’s what my character most needs in life
Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Men need to be kinder to themselves.
How much of the book is realistic?
About Michelle as a reader
What books have most influenced your life most?
This is so hard! My early childhood years were influenced by books like What Katie Did, Peter Pan and Paddington Bear (anything adventurous), and in my ‘Terrible Teens’ I loved books like Great Expectations, Room With A View and turn-of-the-century classics. Now, my writing is influenced more by real life, but I do love a great soppy romance!
What book are you reading now?
The Obsession – Nora Roberts (I love her stuff)
Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
Rebecca Raisin (although she’s not really new anymore), Demelza Carlton, Anna Hub, Emmy Brand, Linda Perie – all great new Aussie authors
Because Karan is random
Which question are you most sick of answering in interviews?
None! I love interviews and sharing with my readers.
Is there anything else you would like to share?
I feel very blessed to have been given this tour opportunity and love “meeting” my readers and other authors.