- What inspires you the most when writing?
Music. I am a huge fan of music anyway, it’s always been such an integral part of my life, and I can’t write unless I’m listening to certain songs because music sets the mood for me. Every single one of my books has a “soundtrack” to it, a list of songs that were played as I was writing that particular book, songs that inspired events or character changes, songs that gave me ideas. Just listening to certain lyrics can point me in the right direction when I’m suffering the dreaded writers’ block, or when it feels like all the ideas have dried up. It’s not the only thing that inspires me, of course, but music is a huge part of my inspiration.
- Where do you most like to write?
At my desk in the back bedroom. I’ve set up my own little office in there, and it’s my territory, it’s where I got to get away from it all. It was probably a mistake to place the desk facing the window, though, as I can be found just staring out of it when my concentration level is low, but it’s great to have my own space where I can go to write. Of course, given half a chance (and a nice lottery win) I’d love to be writing in a little Spanish villa overlooking the sea but, for now, my desk in the back bedroom will have to do!
- Are you a disciplined writer? Do you make yourself sit down every day or do you write in bursts?
I try to be a disciplined writer, but it doesn’t always work out that way! I do try to write every day – even if it’s just a blog post, or making notes for a new book – but I can have a terrible habit of getting easily distracted. I think I was actually far more disciplined before I actually published any of my books, because I had nothing to concentrate on except writing, so that was all I did, all day every day. I just wrote. But now that the marketing side of things has come into it, and my involvement with social networking has grown, it’s far easier to get distracted, but it’s something I’m working on. The self-discipline needs to come back into force because my new book won’t write itself!
- Marketing, a necessary evil?
Absolutely! When I first started out on this journey as an independent author around six months ago I had no idea – and I mean, no idea – just how much marketing was involved when it came to getting yourself as an author and your books known. It was a shock, to say the least, especially to someone as shy as me because I am just not used to putting myself out there. So it’s been a very long and very hard learning curve, and I’m still learning new things every day. But the one thing I really wasn’t ready for was how much time it takes up, and I think the hardest thing I’m finding right now is that balance. I really want to have days where I just sit down and write, but I also need to be out there marketing as much as I possibly can. So, yes, marketing is definitely a necessary evil, but it’s something you can’t ignore. It has to be done.
- What do you like best about writing?
Being able to do what I’ve always dreamed of doing – make up stories for a living! I love the fact that I can sit down every day and create new scenarios, new characters, sending them off on a journey that will, hopefully, allow readers to take that journey with them and escape into those characters’ lives, just for a few hours. That’s what I love about writing. Being able to get all these thoughts and ideas that I’ve had in my head for so long down on paper and finally turn them into something real. Something that, I hope, people will enjoy reading. Creating escapism, that’s what I really love about writing!
Born in the North East of England, Michelle is an ex-media technician turned Independent author of glamorous, sexy romance novels No Matter What and See You At The Show, and the more chick lit-inspired comedy romance Too Much Trouble in Paradise.
Having spent a couple of years living on the Spanish Canarian island of Tenerife – which was the inspiration for Too Much Trouble in Paradise – she now lives in County Durham with her incredibly tolerant husband and West Highland Terrier, and spends most days at her desk drinking endless cups of tea as she creates more stories and new characters for future novels.
A huge fan of music – especially rock – she loves watching movies, reading, and she’s at her happiest with a large bar of chocolate and a glass of wine!
She’s currently working on her fourth novel – Illusions of Love – a follow up to No Matter What.
My blogs – Michelle Betham – Romance Author http://michellebethamwriter.blogspot.com/
and Michelle Betham: Romance Author – It’s All About The Books http://michellebethamindieauthor.blogspot.com/
Find me on Facebook – My normal account https://www.facebook.com/michellebetham.author
and my Facebook Author Page https://www.facebook.com/michellebetham.romanceauthor
Follow me on Twitter – https://twitter.com/#!/michellebetham
No Matter What on Amazon.co.uk – http://www.amazon.co.uk/No-Matter-What-ebook/dp/B00537TKN8
No Matter What on Amazon.com – http://www.amazon.com/No-Matter-What-ebook/dp/B00537TKN8
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