Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Author of the Week: Michele Grant

How did you become a writer?
It sounds cliche, but I was born a writer. I'v been jotting down stories and inventing characters in my head from a ridiculously young age. Thankfully, someone decided to allow me to make a living doing it.

What are you hoping readers wake from your book?
Relationships are hard and drama-filled but worth it in the end.

Who is the hero in your life? How does your hero inspire you?
My father was my hero. He was quite simply a fascinating, creative and charming man. He inspired me to believe in myself and chase my dreams.

What are two things you want your readers to know about you?
I love all things purple and I'm a hopeful romantic.

What are your favorite marketing and/or promotional tools?
Social media and the internet. I started a blog http://www.blacknbougie.com/ in 2009 prior to my first book, Heard it all Before coming out. Since then, the blog has grown and I love the instant feedback it provides along with Twitter and Facebook.

What is one thing you have larned about the publishing industry?
You get out of it what you put into it.

What advice would you give to an aspiring author?
Keep writing and keep submitting. If you believe in your work, others will as well.

Who was the first author you read? What was the title of the book?
I actually grew up on Nancy Drew books by Carolyn Keene and romance novels. The first book I adored was This Rough Magic by Mary Stewart-that's old school romance!

Tell us what new projects you are working on.
I'm working on my third full-length novel for Kensington Dafina as well as a series of articles for a few online and print magazines. In my spare time, I'm heading out to tour the country for the launch of my second book, Sweet Little Lies.

Where can your readers find you?
I'm everywhere! On Twitter as @OneChele and @Mgrantauthor. I'm on Facebook as Michele Grant and a fan page. I have a blog: http://www.blacknbougie.com/ and a website http://www.michelegrant.net/; if all of that fails you can email me directly at Michele@MicheleGrant.net!

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