Do You?, discusses her book, her journey as a writer, and self-publishing on Kindle.
DAVID WISEHART: What can you tell us about Do You?
MICHELLE REYNOSO: Do You? is a collection of original poems and photographs—my opportunity to connect to the world and ask, "Do you laugh, cry, love, and hurt like me...Do You?" The original edition was a finalist in both the New York Book Festival and the Writers’ Digest International Book Awards.
DAVID WISEHART: Who do you imagine is your ideal reader?
MICHELLE REYNOSO: For this book, I think the ideal readers are women age 25+, but I also think the beauty of poetry is that it crosses traditional readership, it has much more universal appeal than a specific genre of writing. I've had male readers comment on my poetry just as much as women readers.
DAVID WISEHART: What was your journey as a writer?
MICHELLE REYNOSO: Writing is my passion. I wrote my first book, and co-wrote a school play, in the first grade! Let's just say that was many years ago, and there have been many stories since then. But even so, I didn't truly understand how much I needed writing, needed it's creative outlet, until I was in college. There I had the opportunity to explore new forms of writing, beyond the familiar, and to explore expressions of the written word through drama, singing, and dance. All of those have strengthened my understanding of the power of words. But still, it took me a few years to see it as something serious; as something I would be doing for the rest of my life. And now I write every day. Writing is a labor of love. It’s extremely hard at times and a euphoriant at other times. But this is what I'm meant to do. I'm a writer.
Currently, I write young adult novels, books for young readers, and poetry.
DAVID WISEHART: What is your writing process?
MICHELLE REYNOSO: Every day, every day, every day—I write. Occasionally, I allow myself a break but then I get right back in the saddle and write some more. Usually, I'll write out a first draft in about 30 days. Then I take about a year to revise the novel. I'll work on it until I can read through it, out loud, and feel that it flows without any hangups in the placement of the words or the storyline.
DAVID WISEHART: What authors most inspire you?
MICHELLE REYNOSO: I am ALWAYS reading and my tastes are quite eclectic. Some of my favorite authors include: Khaled Hosseini, Suzanne Collins, David Baldacci, J.K. Rowling, Stephenie Meyer, J.R.R. Tolkien, Charlotte Bronte, Junot Diaz, James Redfield, Robert Frost, Terry Goodkind, Stephen King.
And I have to say, one author that I am most inspired by recently is Beth Revis. She's a debut novelist who has blasted onto the scene with her book, Across the Universe and she is already a NY Times best seller. Her story is an inspiration for all authors.
DAVID WISEHART: What one book, written by someone else, do you wish you'd written yourself?
MICHELLE REYNOSO: A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini—the writing is amazing and the story is wrenching and beautiful at the same time. It truly is a masterpiece.
DAVID WISEHART: How have you marketed and promoted your work?
MICHELLE REYNOSO: I do a lot of networking online to build my platform and gain exposure for my work. I have a website (www.MichelleReynoso.com) and a presence on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, SCBWI, and the Writers Digest Community. I write a daily blog (www.MichelleReynoso.blogspot.com) about writing, the publishing industry, and my experiences along the way.
DAVID WISEHART: Why publish on Kindle?
MICHELLE REYNOSO: I wanted to make my book more accessible, and publishing on kindle made that possible.
DAVID WISEHART: What advice would you give to a first-time author thinking of self-publishing on Kindle?
MICHELLE REYNOSO: Before you publish, make sure your book is ready for publishing. It should be your best work ever; polished both in grammar and in story.
DAVID WISEHART: Thanks, and best of luck with your books.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
“My time at NYU was both exhilarating and scary. I loved the idea of moving to a place where you could redefine yourself and be whatever you wanted to be,” Michelle says.
After college, Michelle delved into the world of business. It was there that her technical writing developed, creating marketing collateral, press releases, analytical presentations, and company bid proposals. With a busy full time work schedule, and juggling responsibilities as a mother and wife, Michelle managed to carve out time to devote to her creative writing. Her first book, Do You?, a collection of original poems & photographs, earned her accolades from both the Writers’ Digest International Self-Published Book Awards and the New York Book Festival. Her work has also been published in NH Troubadour and The Raymond Voice.
Michelle is currently at work on a sci-fi based young adult novel. She lives in New Jersey with her husband and son.
Visit her website and read her blog.
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