Author Interview: Michele Richard
Hi, Michele. Welcome to my blog. It’s a pleasure to have you here with us.
Would you take a moment and introduce yourself to us?
Thank you! It’s a pleasure to be here! My name is Michele Richard and I am a writer with The Writer’s Coffee Shop Publishing House, and I’m a writing addict. That’s a true fact by the way.
How long have you been writing?
I wrote as a child and early teen, but did really dive into it until about a year and a half ago.
I reviewed your first book, Mocked By Faith, not too long ago and must say that I’ve enjoyed it immensely. It was thought-provoking and heart-felt read. Would you mind telling my readers a little more about your newest book, Healing The Faith?
Thank so much! I’m so happy to hear it and I loved your review!
Healing the Faith picks up where it ended in Mocked by Faith. Justin and Alexia have to now find their way back to each other and heal the faith they cherish. In this installment, they’ll deal with the pressures and temptations of being apart. There is a lot more adventure in this one with Justin chasing after the ex-minister that abused their faith.
Justin and Alexia’s love isn’t perfect, but then again, what love story is. These two flawed characters are young and maturing, give them time and they’ll worm their way into your hearts.
How did you come up with the idea for this book series?
A lot of people wonder about this one. Since each book title is about a different couple it to show different live and loves. Mocked by Destiny dealt with teen pregnancy. Mocked by Faith handles arranged marriages. Mocked by Fate will handle the pressures of being bullied and finding a way to forgive.
The Mocked by Faith story came about by a simple walk through the supermarket. I saw a cute little older couple and wondered. The time I got home I had the whole story running through my mind.
What type of research, if any, did you do for the novels?
The research varies from title to title. Everything has to be researched from names to locations. In the Mocked by Faith novels I had to even research religions and marriage contracts. I even spoke with a woman who had her marriage arranged and has been married now for forty years. Every detail must be accurate.
Is this the only genre that you’ve written of? Or have you experimented with others?
I only write one genre: Romance. Also I don’t stay within one subgenre. I write Young Adult, Contemporary, and in my newest, Science Fiction.
Your books teach us to have faith no matter what situations come along. To believe in something even though we can’t see it. Was it hard to instill these teachings throughout your writing and how do they affect those who don’t follow a certain religion?
I think the fact that since I don’t give my personal opinions in the stories people have an easier time enjoying them. I’ve always believed as long as you believe in something, it shouldn’t matter what faith you follow. As you said these books are more about have hope in something we can’t see. Their faith is a mixture of many religions so there is always a facet that anyone can connect with.
How do you find the inspiration when writing your stories?
This is always a hard question to answer for me. All it takes is a picture or song or newspaper headline to give me new ideas for my novels. Just last week a picture blindsided me with a new book and within minutes I had the prologue and first chapter in the works. Inspiration is all around you, you just have to be open to accept it.
What has influenced you the most?
I really can pinpoint one thing. It’s sort of a combination of many things. My love for reading, the music in my life, and the life lessons learned.
What sort of music do you listen to while writing?
If you saw my playlists you’d be scratching your head. I listen to anything from hip hop and rap to country and spiritual, it just depends on what I am writing at that moment. You can find out more about what I am listening to right now on my Youtube channel: TheMicheleRichard There are also book trailers for my novels.
When thinking about writing new material, do you take the time to outline your story or do you just go with the flow and see where it takes you?
With me it’s all about the flow and giving the story a life. My characters tend to not want to do what I think they should, but I am okay with that. My job is just to show it as the story happens. I’m not a formula writer so my readers enjoy telling me how much I tortured them. One once told me Mocked by Destiny was a rollercoaster ride from beginning to end.
Do you have any upcoming projects that you’re at liberty to tell our readers about?
I have several in the progress right now. I am releasing an anthology with two other writers next month, Life is More than Candy Hearts, in addition to Mocked by Faith~ Healing the Faith. My first science fiction Parasouls ~ Divine Intervention will be released in May. And . . . Mocked by Faith ~ Affirming the Faith is being written as we speak for an August release. It will be the final of the Mocked by Faith storyline. If you interested in finding out more about what I am working on feel free to join my author’s page on facebook. http://www.facebook.com/MicheleA.Richard
Do you have any recommendations for books that you think the blog’s readers may enjoy?
One of my and my children’s favorites right now is Convergence and Induction by J.D. Watts. I am a sucker for a good angel story and she has a great series.
Do you have any tips, or thoughts, that you would like to offer to the blog’s readers?
If you’ve read a wonderful novel, share it. Seriously, authors love when people go onto Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Goodreads, Smashwords, all the .coms out there, and tell them how much you’ve enjoyed all the hard work that went into making the book. It takes a lot of work to getting it into your hands, they’d appreciate hearing they’ve done a job well done.
There you have it, Everyone, a lovely interview with the wonderful author, Michele Richard. I appreciate that you’ve given me the opportunity to feature you on my blog and look forward to the release of your newest book. I wish you the best of success with all you do.
Michele: Thank you for having me! It’s been a pleasure! Happy reading to all! Michele Richard
Release Date: February 9, 2012
Available for purchase via the following retailers: The Writer’s Coffee Shop Publishing House.
Synopsis: Just saying “I do” was only the beginning for Alexia and Justin McNear. Now when their lives, loves, and faith are left in turmoil, they will have to fight even harder to heal themselves and their faith. Can two people already struggling help heal the communities they call home?
How do you rebuild after the loss of a child? After suffering a tragedy, are these two lost to each other forever?
With all the church’s money missing, the hunt for the tyrant will take Mark, an exminister, Justin, and his twin cousins away from their secluded, gated community and into the real world while leaving their wives behind to pick up the pieces. Can Justin survive it again?
Or will returning to the retreat that once abused him be his end?
Alexia, Madison, and Ginger will need to be strong and independent with their men gone. Left to raise their child alone, Alexia will make decisions that will affect their marriage and lives. Will they be the right ones?
Raised in a community where the men run everything, these three families will have to fight to survive the coming changes.
The temptations run high in this sequel to Mocked by Faith, but hope is not lost, and they will learn how to heal their faith.
About The Author:
Michele Richard is the proud mother of 2 daughters. Married since 1997 to a wonderful husband, who for 25 years has been her best friend and supporter. Being an overly creative and caring person, she has been a volunteer co-leader for the Girl Scout Troop for five years. She takes great pride in teaching and guiding our future generations.
Her desire to continue her education drove her to attend night classes at Waltham High School. She refuse to just let life be. There is too much to learn than to stand by and watch it go by. Though she is not fluent yet in either, she has learned to speak French and Spanish in school. One day her dream is to be fluent in both.
”I supposed that makes me a lover of languages. Never stop learning is my motto.”
Travel is one of her great passions. Having seen the beaches of the Bahama’s, Aruba and Mexico to the deserts of Utah and Arizona, her personal favorite was bicycling down Mount Vail and standing on top of the Intercontinental Divide, followed closely by the Grand Canyon.
“America is truly a beautiful place to see. I recommend seeing as much of it as you can.”
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Publisher’s Website: http://ph.thewriterscoffeeshop.com/authors/detail/16