Tuesday, 25 February 2014

Author Interview: Michelle Madow

Today I have an interview for you with the lovely Michelle Madow! I've worked with Michelle quite a few times and I can honestly say, she's so nice! When I first started blogging and reviewing Michelle was one of the first authors I ever did work for. And now, nearly 2 years on, I've reviewed 3 books for her, done blog tours, feature posts and more! 

Enjoy the interview!

How does it feel to have the Secret Diamond Sisters being released soon?

I'm excited, but also really really nervous! This is my first big release -- it's a dream come true -- and it's mind boggling to think that The Secret Diamond Sisters will be in bookstores all over the world. There are so many great books out there for readers to choose to read, and I'm just hoping that mine will land on their radar -- and that if it does, that they like it! 

Have you always wanted to write?

I’ve been a writer forever—I wrote creatively in elementary school, journaled in high school, and wrote fan fiction in my first two years of college. In second grade, I was "that kid" who would write 12 page stories on free write journal day, and insist on sharing them with the class. I finally realized writing was something I wanted to do professionally when I was a junior in college. I was taking an Intro to Creative Writing class, and when I turned in my first assignment (the first chapter of my first novel, Remembrance), my classmates and teacher loved it and wanted to read more. I'd never thought I could complete a novel, but I realized I would never know if I didn’t try. So I tried, and completed the first draft by the end of the school year.

Tips for an aspiring writer?

A writer I know once told me, “You have to write one million bad words before you write anything others want to read,” and that is so true. Writing is a skill, and like any other skill, it takes practice to improve. Experiment with different approaches to writing a novel so you can find what works best for you. I can’t write a book without outlining it in detail first, but some people like to let the story come to them as they write. There is no right or wrong way—only the right way for you.

Most importantly, above anything else, you have to write. Know what time of day you get your best writing done, and force yourself to write during that time, even if you’re not feeling “in- spired.” Writing is work, and it’s not going to be fun all the time. There will be parts you will struggle with, that will frustrate you to no end and make you want to hit your keyboard, but you need to keep your end goal in mind. Set a minimum goal of how many words you can comfortably write per day, and reach that minimum five days a week. Make sure your goal per day is attainable for you—if it’s too high, it will be frustrating and will make you want to quit. And remember that even if you’re having a rough writing day, force yourself to reach that minimum. First drafts don’t need to be perfect, since you will edit it afterward.

Once you draft and edit your first book until you can’t edit it any further, write and edit a second. Your second book should be the first in a new series and not a continuation of the first book you wrote, because this will improve your chances of one of your books getting picked up by an agent. Then do the same with a third, and so on. During this time, do your research on the publishing world and submit your books to agents. If you continue to do this, if you believe in yourself and if you want it badly enough, you are giving yourself the best chance for success. Remember: the people who make it are the ones who never gave up!

Michelle Madow has visited Las Vegas every year since she was fifteen years old, and was inspired to write The Secret Diamond Sisters while walking through the beautiful Wynn Hotel. She grew up in the suburbs of Baltimore, then went to Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida. She wrote her first novel, Remembrance, in her junior year of college, and later went on to self-publish it as book one in the Transcend Time Saga. She wrote The Secret Diamond Sisters in the year following graduation, and is so happy to finally share it with the world!

Savannah. Courtney. Peyton. 

The three sisters grew up not knowing their father and not quite catching a break. But it looks like their luck is about to change when they find out the secret identity of their long-lost dad—a billionaire Las Vegas hotel owner who wants them to come live in a gorgeous penthouse hotel suite. Suddenly the Strip's most exclusive clubs are all-access, and with an unlimited credit card each, it should be easier than ever to fit right in. But in a town full of secrets and illusion, fitting in is nothing compared to finding out the truth about their past.


"Sexy and often electrifying ... Gossip Girl meets The Princess Diaries in a city that never sleeps."

"This quick and entertaining read is filled with glitz and glamour ... get ready for one crazy and fabulous ride."
--RT Book Reviews

“Highly addictive! Hold on tight, because The Secret Diamond Sisters throws you head first into the Vegas fast lane. Three every day teens navigate the slippery slope of wealth, popularity, and too much freedom, along with family drama, cat fights, and more gorgeous guys than should be legal. A fun ride not to be missed!”
– Rachel Harris, author of My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century

Michelle lives in Boca Raton, Florida, where she is writing more novels for young adults. She loves reading, spending time with family and friends, traveling, shopping, sunshine, Disney fairy tales, and Broadway musicals. She loves connecting with readers online, so be sure to follow her on Facebook (facebook.com/MichelleMadow), Twitter (@MichelleMadow), and Instagram (@MichelleMadow).

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  1. I've had The Secret Diamond Sisters on my wishlist since last year, and I'm so excited that I'll be able to read it soon. The wait has been excruciating. I loved the interview!


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