Join me in welcoming Michelle Davidson Argyle to Highlighted Author
Thanks for being with us, Michelle. First of all, tell us a little about yourself.
I started writing when I was ten years old and I’ve never stopped! I’ve always wanted to write novels for a living and I’m finally getting to the point where I’m fulfilling that dream. I’m married to an actor and have one daughter who is very intense and energetic. She inspires me for a lot of things. I love photography as well as art, and some of my favorite foods are sushi, Thai curry, and peanut butter and tomato sandwiches. Yes, they are good.
What is your favorite genre to read/write?
Genres are interesting. I honestly don’t think I have a favorite genre to read or to write. I do lean most toward literary-type stories that focus tightly on character. I call these “small” stories and “small” writing rather than grander concepts. This usually means I’m reading more adult genres than Young Adult, as YA (with exceptions, of course) tends to focus on more commercial themes, characters, and plots.
Who would you say is your greatest inspiration? Why?
My greatest inspiration is other writers. I have always been inspired by reading great writing and by conversing with other writers whose work I greatly admire. Nothing makes me prouder than to have another writer say I inspired them with writing. It feels very circular to me, and I have always been drawn to the richness of cycles in my life and in writing.
Cinders released in August of this year. Tell us about how this novel was born.
Cinders is my first fantasy novella. I wrote it because I was inspired by my daughter watching Disney’s Cinderella over and over again. That got me asking the question, “What happened after…” and my mind wend wild from there! Cinders deals with some heavy themes: What is love? Is it a choice? How much do you sacrifice for yourself and your own happiness, and is it worth it?
While Cinders may seem like it might be a fairy tale, don’t be fooled. It follows the form and tradition of the original Grimm’s fairy tales and is not a continuation of the Disney version of the tale, but my interpretation and telling of a woman who struggles with things we struggle with even today.
What other works do you have in store for us?
I am currently working on my next fairytale-themed novella, Thirds. It is a retelling of the fairy tale, One-Eye, Two-Eyes, Three-Eyes and is about a girl who is surrounded by beauty, love, and magic, but has none of it for herself. Her sisters and mother treat her terribly, believing she is evil and will only bring them trouble. Her only way out is with the help of an elf, but then it is up to her to conquer her sisters with something far more powerful than magic.
Thirds will be released June of 2011, possibly sooner.
Also, my adult spy thriller, Monarch, will be released by Rhemalda Publishing in September of 2011.
In closing, is there anything you’d like to share with the readers?
If you’re an author aspiring toward publication, don’t give up. Also, don’t be fooled into thinking there is only one way to publish. Everyone’s path is different, and it is those courageous ones willing to take chances and bold moves that make it the farthest. I’m always happy to encourage fellow writers, so let me know if you have questions about indie publishing, small publishers, or agents.
We all know that money can’t buy love, but in Cinders we learn magic isn’t a sure bet either. Cinderella – now officially a princess – finds royal life is not what she once dreamed. Pretty clothes, fancy meals, and fabulous balls can’t make up for a life restricted, and she is denied the simple pleasures she used to take for granted. When a figure from her past stirs up a long-suppressed passion, Cinderella begins to wonder if there really is love under the spell that earned her husband’s heart. But undoing magic can be harder than casting the initial spell, and the results are less predictable.
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Where can your readers find you?
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