I am actually posting TWICE in one week! Maybe this is a good sign! And I am really excited to have Michelle Merrill visiting with a fun little interview. I was lucky enough to meet Michelle at the Storymakers Conference this year and I can't tell you what an amazing person she is. Even in the short amount of time I was able to visit with her, her fun and friendly personality shone through. She was so sweet to invite me to sit with her and her friends, and was very easy to talk to. I give her an A+ on first impressions! And she has kept that A+ with all our follow up contact, so ROCK ON MICHELLE!
And now on to our interview!
Michelle... if you could be a super hero, which one would you be and why?
Oh man! This is a hard question. As a Marvel Movie Fanatic, I would have to say Thor is pretty awesome. And he has the best hair! Who wouldn't want that? Let's face it, even though swords are awesome, that hammer is wicked!
I can't argue with any of your logic. Good choice! Now for a flash interview. I'll say a word - you say the first thing that comes to mind. Ready? Go!
Yuck: Snot. (LOL)
Love: People. (Awww!)
Read: A lot.
I love it! Those are so fun! Now tell us 3 things about yourself that we wouldn't already know.
I'm going to cheat and take 3 things from my book release blog party. The only people who would know these things would be the ones who actually went and read them. :-)
- I've been to 48 states... in a 15 passenger van. Including right into downtown Manhattan with a full-size trailer pulled behind with a homemade wing on top for better gas mileage. Yeah, it was all sorts of awesome.
- I'm kind of anal about the way I load a dishwasher. Yes, I sort my silverware. And I rinse everything so that it looks clean before I put it in. And I don't load it until I have enough to start it. Which means... I have a really deep sink and am excellent at doing my dishes quickly.
- My favorite show growing up was Scarecrow and Mrs. King. If you've never seen it, go right now and look it up. I mean we're talking 80's TV show with Bruce Boxleitner and Kate Jackson. It was awe-some. My favorite TV shows right now are Once Upon a Time, Agents of Shield, and The Voice.
A six year old little girl who lives with the disease. When I found out she had it, I wanted to help. The story came to my mind, and I worked with some amazing people to make it real.
How long did the book take you to write? Tell us a little about the research you did through your writing process.
First draft: 6 weeks. Then 7 months of revising off and on. I talked with the mother of the little girl and they introduced me to my friend, Sara, who lived with CF for 30 years and has gone through a double lung transplant. Sara helped me see the disease through the eyes of a teenage girl struggling to live. I did a lot of research in books and online in addition to our long email chats.
What message or thought would you like to leave our readers with today?
Be aware of those around you. Don't judge someone's footsteps until you've walked in their shoes. Even then... remember that no one wears shoes the same way, or even walks in them the same way. Do your best and be your best! Find the good and eliminate the bad. You'll be happier for it every day. I promise :-)
That is a very powerful message, Michelle, and I appreciate your willingness to share with us today. You are truly amazing, as are these fabulous people you were able to work with.
Where to find Michelle:
Blurb for Changing Fate:
All Kate wants is to live. Battling cystic fibrosis is hard enough, dying from it is even harder. When her mom moves them closer to the hospital in the middle of her senior year, Kate’s determined to isolate herself—saving everyone the trouble of befriending a dying girl. It’s a difficult task when cheerful optimist Giana insists on being Kate’s friend.
Kate’s resolve falters even more when curly-haired Kyler captivates her with his sweet melodies. As her emotional walls collapse, Kate realizes the people she’s been pushing away may be the ones giving her a reason to live. But it might be too late.
Half of all proceeds will be given to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
Do you know anyone with Cystic Fibrosis?