Michelle Moran is the international bestselling author of six historical novels, including Madame Tussaud, which was optioned for a mini-series in 2011. Her books have been translated into more than twenty languages.
Welcome back, Michelle. A reader once asked me this question, and I thought it was a good one. Is there ever a time when you feel like your work is truly finished and complete?
Never. Particularly at the end, when everything is rushed and your deadline is looking. The ideal time (for me anyway) to wrote a book is two years. Contractually, I usually only have one.
Describe your workspace.
It’s a green and beige library on my second floor just down the hall from my kids’ rooms (so I can keep an eye on them). There’s a long window-seat overlooking a very large garden and a built-in desk where I write.
Describe your dream workspace.
It doesn’t get much better than a library down the hall from your children where you can hear them laughing and playing while you work-for me anyway!
If you could be a character from your favorite historical novel, who would you be?
Honestly, I wouldn’t want to be any of them. They’ve all suffered too greatly, as most women did in history. Until recently, I wouldn’t wish being a woman on my worst enemy. Circumstances for women throughout the world, particularly in times past, really were that dire.
What is the biggest misconception the general public has about authors?
Probably that the life we live is glamorous. Writing for long hours by myself in my library while dressed in my pajamas may be convenient, but glamorous, I can assure you, it’s not!
What is the biggest misconception beginning writers have about being published?
That if the work is good enough it will find a publisher. It has to be marketable too.
What would you like readers to gain from reading your book(s)?
An understanding of Indian culture–the people, the food, the land, the religion. Hinduism is the oldest religion in the world that’s still being practiced. I hope Rebel Queen will allow readers to explore some of the beauty of one of the world’s most fascinating countries.
Thanks for joining us here on Favorite PASTimes. Any final words for readers or writers?
Yes-thank you for taking the time to read this, and thank you for having me!Click the link below to enter the drawing to win a copy of Rebel Queen.
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