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Friday Interview: Author Michelle Rene

Happy weekend! Today I invited Michelle Rene to speak with us. Ms. Rene writes books, created a video game, and dances at events like Renaissance Fairs (and you thought you had a cool resume). Her novel, Hour Glass, won Chanticleer Review's 2018 Best Book of the Year award. I am honored to have her here on the blog. 

Author Interview: Michelle Rene 

Hi, Michelle! To start, can you tell us about your creative ventures? How many books do you have and by what means were they published? 

I’ve had about ten pieces published throughout the years if you count shorter works like novelettes and novellas. Four novels in total. Most of them have been published by smaller independent publishers. A few I self published for the fun of it. One of my novelettes I wrote did get turned into a video game.

Your book Manufactured Witches is like fantasy meets the Dust Bowl, something I found totally original. Did anything in particular inspire it? 

I am a huge history buff. In fact, most of [my] work is historical. The Dust Bowl is a fascinating time to me. Why not tackle it with a little magic and some LGBT+ characters. I adore challenging people’s perspective on historical eras, and if I can invent a little mythology that wasn’t there before, even better. 

Your website calls you a creative advocate. How do you bring creativity into your everyday life? 

Well, my formal education is in art. I have my BFA from the Ringling College of Art and Design. Creativity has been my life forever in one form or another. I whole-heartedly believe that without creatives, we as a species would whither. Being creative is telling a story. Whether you use a brush or a pen, you are sharing a story. And the world will always need stories.

How has being a parent made you value creativity? 

I’ve always valued my creativity, but parenting double that. You rediscover a lot of magic when you have a child that you forgot ages before. Kids bring the fantastical forward. Plus, you have a little piece of you looking up to like, “Okay, what do you have next? I’m watching you.” You can’t let them down.

What are five movies you really like? 

Oh that’s a tough one. I’d say Frida, Amelie, Delovely, Sin City, The Princess Bride.

Thank you, Michelle, for coming on the blog and sharing a bit of your story! 

Thanks for the interview!!!!

For more information, about Michelle Rene, visit her website here. 

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