Today we have a fascinating chat-fest with writer, editor and indie-author Michelle Emerson. We love multi-tasking too! Michelle is the first non-fiction author I have interviewed on LWOTW, and as I have some non-fiction books myself, it’s lovely to touch base again with that place of writing.
Michelle runs self-publishing services for indie authors, as well as writing her own very successful (and useful) help books for writers of all stripes. She lives in the north east of the UK and has a Shih Tzu called Buddy.
LWOTW: Hi Michelle, thanks for taking the time to chat with us here on Last Word of the Week. Tell us, when did you write your first story?
Michelle: Primary school, I think. As 7/8 year olds we were tasked with writing a ghost story (it must have been around Halloween time) and although I can’t remember much about the story (apart from a dapple grey rocking horse rocking in a bay window on its own) I can remember my teacher (lovely Mr Lenaghan) showing my story to another teacher and how happy it made me feel.
LWOTW: That’s a great memory. As a writer, what do you think of dreams, imagination, and planning?
As a writer I think it’s always good to write when inspiration strikes. That way the writing process is much easier, the content comes from a place of passion, and often flows much better. Having said that, I’m a non-fiction author so I’m also a big advocate for planning. To me, the concept of writing a whole book is overwhelming. However, if I break it down into chunks, writing targets and using bullet points and mindmaps to brainstorm, I’m much more likely to finish writing my books in a shorter space of time.
LWOTW: That’s really interesting. What’s the highlight of your writing career so far?
Publishing my first book. I’m a non-fiction / business book writer and have ghostwritten other books for clients. So to have my own name on the front cover was a big milestone for me. I no longer had the safety of hiding behind my authors’ names, and while it was scary to begin with, it has given me confidence to further publish another three books.
LWOTW: I suspect that there has always been an author hiding inside! What are you most busy with at the moment?
I’m writing a book about blogging at the moment. All the chapters are scoped out, I have set myself a target of writing 7k words a week, and hope to have it finished within the next month – just in time for Christmas.
LWOTW: Gotta love a target before the holidays! If you could say one thing to aspiring writers, what would it be?
You can do this!
I love that! And the Last Word of The Week: What’s your favourite colour?