What prompted you to become a writer – did you write as a child?
I love stories, and love creating imaginary worlds. I did write as a child. I’m the oldest of five children and I spent hours making up stories for my brothers and sisters and then later typing them up on a typewriter my mum got for me. I could speed type when I was ten, which has been infinitely useful for my whole life 🙂
What is your average writing day?
Not long enough! There seems to be a lot of non-writing stuff in my life at the moment, and I can’t wait until I can get back to the calm of some quiet writing time. I usually go for a walk after I get my kids to school, come home, work until after lunch, deal with email after lunch and then it’s time to fetch kids and take them to their many after school activities.
Do you have a favourite place/time for writing?
The morning, when I’m the only one in the house, with a good cup of coffee beside me.
Is there a book by another author you wish you had written?
Short answer is no. 🙂 Someone else’s book is just that. It’s so personally theirs, I have never wished I could have written anything by someone else. I have admired authors for their skill, though. I can remember reading an Iain M. Banks book once and thinking, wow, or read something and thought I’d have handled the plot or the character differently, but that’s not the same as wishing you had written it.
What do you think is the biggest myth about being a novelist?
That writing isn’t hard. It’s the hardest job I’ve ever had.
Are you a plotter or a pantser? Do you plan or dive straight in?
I’m more of a pantser, but I like to do some outlining, and when I get stuck, I do outline the next scene I need to write, to give me direction.
What real life characters, if any, have interested or inspired you?
I can’t really say any one real life character has inspired me, but I am always watching people, and the news, to soak up how people respond and behave in certain situations. So you could say real life characters are always my inspiration, but no one person in particular.
Is there a message you want readers to take from your books?
I like to write about strong, intelligent heroines, so I suppose that is the enduring theme of my work.
What are you currently reading, or planning to read?
I’ve just finished The Liar by Nora Roberts. As usual, a great read by her. I’m about to start reading Sacrifice by Gwendolyn Beynon, a fantasy set in Wales, full of dragons, Welsh myths and Arthurian legends.
Are you working on another novel at the moment?
I’ve just finished writing a novella, and am about to jump back into a 1920s project I put on hold with the release of my latest book, Dark Horse. I’m looking forward to it.
Red wine or chocolate?
I’m allergic to alcohol, and I love chocolate, so chocolate all the way.
Some secrets carry the weight of the world.
Rose McKenzie may be far from Earth with no way back, but she’s made a powerful ally–a fellow prisoner with whom she’s formed a strong bond. Sazo’s an artificial intelligence. He’s saved her from captivity and torture, but he’s also put her in the middle of a conflict, leaving Rose with her loyalties divided.
Captain Dav Jallan doesn’t know why he and his crew have stumbled across an almost legendary Class 5 battleship, but he’s not going to complain. The only problem is, all its crew are dead, all except for one strange, new alien being.
She calls herself Rose. She seems small and harmless, but less and less about her story is adding up, and Dav has a bad feeling his crew, and maybe even the four planets, are in jeopardy. The Class 5’s owners, the Tecran, look set to start a war to get it back and Dav suspects Rose isn’t the only alien being who survived what happened on the Class 5. And whatever else is out there is playing its own games.
In this race for the truth, he’s going to have to go against his leaders and trust the dark horse.
Michelle Diener writes historical fiction, fantasy and science fiction. Having worked in publishing and IT, she’s now very happy crafting new worlds and interesting characters and wondering which part of the world she can travel to next.
Michelle was born in London, grew up in South Africa and currently lives in Australia with her husband and two children. When she’s not writing, or driving her kids from activity to activity, you can find her blogging at Magical Musings, or online at Twitter, at Google+ and Facebook.