Interview with Michele M. Reynolds – Wilderness Girl

I had the pleasure of interviewing author Michele M. Reynolds, self-proclaimed Wilderness Girl. Michele graciously answered questions about her adventures, her views on gender biases in the writing world, and info on her books, including her crowning jewel, Trail Swap.

Michele M Reynolds

1. Tell us about an adventure you had, Michele–one that affected your writing.

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To put it down to one adventure would be hard. I think my mid-twenties traveling, moving, and having unique jobs has helped a lot to influence my writing. I also wear my heart on my sleeve and love hard and fall hard. Deep love and heartbreak lend to some powerful writing. I have surrounded myself with some unique characters and that helps too.

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Oh the mid-twenties… that’s right where I am in my life (I can’t believe I’m saying this; in my head I swear I’m still 17 half of the time). On to the next question!

 2. What’s it like being both a mommy and an author? Can you give us an example of how mommyhood has affected your authorship?

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I have read several articles about women authors. How some have thrown out their names and changed them to initials to be non-gender specific. I thought about that, but then reclaimed my name immediately when I read such articles. There are also questions like this one, that I swore I would not answer. I am not trying to be a witch here. I am glad you asked this question because it raises awareness. I love being a step-mom. It is the best job ever, but I am not sure this question would come up if I was a dad.

I guess my answer to this question is . . . for my kids, I refuse to bow to the male-dominated world.

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As for the name, I decided to keep mine as it is because I love it. To be fair though, I often go by the nickname Tess, which gives me a little separation from my author-self. And I truly didn’t expect that answer regarding your parenthood! I suppose some (not all) gentleman authors either don’t have kids or don’t mention them in their profiles, which I never noticed before now… words for thought, Michele, words for thought. 

3. Tell us about your most recent release, “Tunnel W.” What inspired you to write it? What do you want readers to take away from it?

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Tunnel W. I have no idea how it was created. I think I started to do a writing exercise and liked where it was going so I went with it. I think it qualifies as a novella or novellette. Either way it is short, but the characters are likeable. I have no idea what the readers would take away from it other than a fun read.

My biggest work right now that I am proud of us Trail Swap. You have to check that out.

I am a 34% done with a wilderness residential camp in the year 2043. The best way I can describe it is Holes meets Dangerous Minds.

I then took a break to write a full-out romance. I usually creep some romance in this story, but this one is a love story. I am 200 pages into writing it. We will see what book gets finished first.

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Holes meets Dangerous Minds? Sounds stinkin’ awesome, Michele! You should definitely check that out, peeps! I too have favorite works, like “Core,” which is in my opinion my first publish-ready work. But to my surprise, I’ve heard from beta readers that my other works are also kind of awesome. So keep hyping Tunnel W, Michele! You never know who it will connect with, right?

4. Who is your greatest inspiration as an author?

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Life, love, adventure, and humor.

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5. Share your great wisdom, Michele. Give the up-and-comers one bit of advice?

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I was hoping you could share some with me. I am still new to this all, and have spent countless hours on websites, blogs, how-to’s, etc. Even though I don’t think it helped me sell books, it is a fun place to visit. Check out my blog.

I have learned out of all of that . . . just write, write, and write. I have so many books bubbling up in me that it is hard to go to work and to sleep, and to stay asleep. I wish I had harnessed my creativity earlier. I took too long of a vacation from it.

Write and my other advice is journal. I wish I had journaled more so that I could capture that raw emotion better.

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Write, write, write, write. You sound like my hubs: “Tess, are you working on that sequel? How much do you have so far? That’s all? Well, go write some more!” It really is amazing advice. A swimmer swims; a dancer dances. A writer…writes! So simple, so unnerving, and so true.

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Thanks for the interview.

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And thank you for your time and for giving us all something to think about, Michele! It was a pleasure having you. 

To learn more about Michele and her work, visit her blog, her amazon page, and her Barnes & Noble page! Or stop by and check out her Smahswords FREE!

 

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