Interview with Author Michelle Madow

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Hey there lovelies, 

I am here today to bring you an interview with Author Michelle Madow.

About the Author :

Michelle Madow has visited Las Vegas every year since she was fifteen years old, and was inspired to write The Secret Diamond Sisters while walking through the beautiful Wynn Hotel. She grew up in the suburbs of Baltimore, then went to Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida. She wrote her first novel, Remembrance, in her junior year of college, and later went on to self-publish it as book one in the Transcend Time Saga. She wrote The Secret Diamond Sisters in the year following graduation, and is so happy to finally share it with the world!
Michelle lives in Boca Raton, Florida, where she is writing more novels for young adults. She loves reading, spending time with family and friends, traveling, shopping, sunshine, Disney fairy tales, and Broadway musicals. 
Interview: 
1. What inspired you to start writing? 

 I was inspired to start writing for the goal of publication when I was taking an Intro to Creative Writing class in college, handed in the first chapter of a novel, and got incredible feedback from my classmates and teacher. They said they wanted to read more of the story, and in that moment I decided I would try to turn my love of writing into a career. I finished the first draft of that novel, Remembrance -- which I ended up self-publishing -- by the end of that year of college.  

2. What advice would you give to people wanting to become writers? 

 A writer I know once told me, “You have to write one million bad words before you write anything others want to read,” and that is so true. Writing is a skill, and like any other skill, it takes practice to improve. Experiment with different approaches to writing a novel so you can find what works best for you. I can’t write a book without outlining it in detail first, but some people like to let the story come to them as they write. There is no right or wrong way—only the right way for you. 

 Most importantly, above anything else, you have to write. Know what time of day you get your best writing done, and force yourself to write during that time, even if you’re not feeling “inspired.” Writing is work, and it’s not going to be fun all the time. There will be parts you will struggle with, that will frustrate you to no end and make you want to hit your keyboard, but you need to keep your end goal in mind. Set a minimum goal of how many words you can comfortably write per day, and reach that minimum five days a week. Make sure your goal per day is attainable for you—if it’s too high, it will be frustrating and will make you want to quit. And remember that even if you’re having a rough writing day, force yourself to reach that minimum. First drafts don’t need to be perfect, since you will edit it afterward.  

 Once you draft and edit your first book until you can’t edit it any further, write and edit a second. Your second book should be the first in a new series and not a continuation of the first book you wrote, because this will improve your chances of one of your books getting picked up by an agent. Then do the same with a third, and so on. During this time, do your research on the publishing world and submit your books to agents. If you continue to do this, if you believe in yourself and if you want it badly enough, you are giving yourself the best chance for success. Then be prepared for rejection, and don’t let rejection stop you from pushing forward and writing your next book. Remember: the people who make it are the ones who never gave up! 

3. What was the inspiration for the secret diamond sisters? 

 I visit Las Vegas every year because of a family event, and I was walking through my favorite hotel — The Wynn — when I thought, “What would it be like to live here?” From there, the idea for The Secret Diamond Sisters formed! I love how the city bursts with magic and excitement. Vegas does everything as big as possible, so being there is like entering a fantasyland. My favorite part is definitely all the different hotels. Each one is a different theme, and they all have such distinct personalities. A few of my favorite hotels are mentioned in The Secret Diamond Sisters (Paris, the Venetian, and many implications to the Wynn), so hopefully readers are transported into these magical hotels while they’re reading the book! 

4. If you could meet anyone in the world who would it be? 
 That's a tough question! But after seeing the movie Saving Mr. Banks, probably Walt Disney. He just seems like such an incredible, goal-oriented person, who never stopped believing in the magic of fairy tales. I've looked up some of his notable quotes online, and they've quickly become my favorites. 

So that's it for the questions now here is a bit about the book.

About the book:


Savannah. Courtney. Peyton.  
The three sisters grew up not knowing their father and not quite catching a break. But it looks like their luck is about to change when they find out the secret identity of their long-lost dad—a billionaire Las Vegas hotel owner who wants them to come live in a gorgeous penthouse hotel suite. Suddenly the Strip's most exclusive clubs are all-access, and with an unlimited credit card each, it should be easier than ever to fit right in. But in a town full of secrets and illusion, fitting in is nothing compared to finding out the truth about their past.
Add on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17160608-the-secret-diamond-sisters
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0373211090/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=211189&creative=373489&creativeASIN=0373211090&link_code=as3&tag=yabore0f-20
Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-secret-diamond-sisters-michelle-madow/1116411550?ean=9780373211098&itm=1&usri=9780373211098
Book Depository: http://www.bookdepository.com/Secret-Diamond-Sisters-Be-Announced/9780373211098
iBookstore: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/the-secret-diamond-sisters/id771362355?mt=11
Praise:
"Sexy and often electrifying ... Gossip Girl meets The Princess Diaries in a city that never sleeps." 
--Booklist
"This quick and entertaining read is filled with glitz and glamour ... get ready for one crazy and fabulous ride." 
--RT Book Reviews
“Highly addictive! Hold on tight, because The Secret Diamond Sisters throws you head first into the Vegas fast lane. Three every day teens navigate the slippery slope of wealth, popularity, and too much freedom, along with family drama, cat fights, and more gorgeous guys than should be legal. A fun ride not to be missed!” 
– Rachel Harris, author of My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century.
Contact Michelle:
She loves connecting with readers online, so be sure to follow her on Facebook (facebook.com/MichelleMadow), Twitter (@MichelleMadow), and Instagram (@MichelleMadow).
♥ Dani

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