For the first in our series of interviews titled “Not Your Granny’s Role Model”, we’ve got a semi-familiar face gracing us! I’ve had the pleasure of reviewing one of Michelle Muto’s novels as well as the privilege of posting the first chapter of another fantastic novel.
Thanks for stopping by The London Diaries and being the first interviewee for the “Not Your Granny’s Role Model” series in honour of International Women’s Month!
Thanks so much for having, me! I’m truly honoured.
The Haunting Season is one heck of a scary read and your other books are pretty dark as well. Where do you get your inspiration from?
I have always loved fiction with a dark side or at least dark undertones. I guess my imagination just likes to play on the dark side, LOL!
The Haunting Season features some pretty scary ghosts and demons… have you ever had a paranormal experience yourself?
I took a tour of one of Savannah Georgia’s most haunted house, the Sorrel-Weed house in the historic district with several other authors (The Paranormal Plumes). There was a room where none of our cameras wanted to function properly – even the smart phones. We checked battery life, internet capabilities – they were all functioning perfectly. It was pretty weird.
That house helped inspire The Haunting Season.
What made you want to become a writer?
I’ve always loved books. I supposed writing was just a way of taking my love of stories to the next level.
What traits do you think make for a positive, female role model?
Courage. Self-reliance. Passion.
Do you have any women (famous or otherwise) who you look up to or find inspirational?
Plenty. My mother, for one. Others include Shirley Jackson, J.K. Rowling, Lucille Ball.
What do you think are some of the major problems facing women today, and how can they be helped?
That being female still means we’re the weaker sex. That we’re not capable of running countries or going to war, or doing the 9-5 job as well as our male counterparts. The easiest solution? For people to just open up their minds. A great example is Col. Jeannie Flynn Leavitt, the first female wing commander for the U.S. Air Force.
Other than promoting The Haunting Season are there any big plans in the works for 2013?
Plenty! Maybe too much. I plan on releasing another book in late Spring. It’s a book that was turned down by a few agents in New York. That’s not stopping me. I know in my heart of hearts that it’s a great book. I’ll let the reader decide. Not an agency.
Finally, Hemingway once wrote a story in just six words (“For sale: baby shoes, never worn.”). What would be your six word story for your life so far?
Life’s a challenge. Rinse and repeat.
Michelle Muto lives in northeast Georgia with her husband and two dogs. She loves changes of season, dogs, and all things geeky. Currently, she’s hard at work on her next book. You can connect with Michelle on her blog, Twittter and Facebook accounts. Michelle’s books are available in both the US and UK.
*Giveaway* – I’ve got an e-copy of The Haunting Season to give away to one reader! To win a copy, tell me which fabulous lady you look up to the most and why. Competition ends Sunday, 10 March at 7pm (GMT) and the winner will be announced with next Monday’s interview where we’ll be chatting to blogger-extraordinaire Kit from Blogging Dangerously!
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