Hi Craig! First of all, I want to thank you so much for hosting me today! I greatly appreciate it.
I’m from New Jersey (born, raised, still living here!). I write both mystery novels and children’s books. I also illustrate the children’s books myself. In addition, I have a full-time job working in a local government municipality. I’m from a HUGE Italian family. I have over 100 living cousins (most of whom I don’t know). I’m married, have a beautiful daughter and a stinky 16-year old dog!
2. It looks like you have a new book out, S is for Shore. Is this part of a series?
Yes! It is a series. S is for Shore just came out and it is the first in the children’s vacation series, and the second book, B is for Beach will be out any day now. They are picture books geared toward children ages 0-3.
3. I know you have a book called Red Tape that is available. Tell us about that.
Red Tape is my debut novel. It’s a cozy mystery and has a little comedy, a crazy cast of characters and a little romance too! It has a little government corruption, a lot of crime and a natural disaster too. It’s set in the fictitious town of Sunshine, New Jersey, which is down at the Jersey shore. It won an award at the 2013 Beach Book Festival and it is a finalist in the Reader’s Favorite International Awards Contest, coming this fall.
4. What is your ultimate goal in terms of writing?
I’m not sure if this is a goal or just a pipe dream, but I would love to be able to be a full-time writer. Since I am new at being published, I can’t afford to quit my day job just yet.
5. What is your writing schedule like? Do you write every day? Do you have a word limit?
With a full-time job and a toddler, my writing schedule is haphazard at best. I try to write a little at night, after I put the baby to bed, but I don’t get as much time as I’d like to write. I don’t really have a word limit, but I try to aim for 2 pages each time I write.
Wow, there is just so much that would surprise non-writers. How much effort it takes to put into a book, all the ins and outs of self-publishing, all the marketing. It’s hard to narrow it down to just one thing!
7. Do you ever get writer’s block? If so, how do you deal with it?
I do get writers block! I switch over to illustrating children’s books for a while—days, weeks, or sometimes months. I guess since it’s another creative outlet for me, it eventually frees my mind from the block.
8. Do you read a lot and, if so, which authors do you prefer?
I don’t read as much as I like. It’s just a matter of finding time. I’ve been downloading a lot of books recently to the kindle app on my android, and I try to read a few pages here and there while I’m getting a pedicure or on my lunch break.
9. How important do you think it is for authors to use social marketing?
I think nowadays, it would be very unusual for authors to not use social marketing. I think it’s a must-do if you are a self-publisher. If you want to get the word out about your book, it’s certainly a good way to accomplish that.
10. If you could go back in time, what would you say to your younger writer self?
I would say, don’t put your dreams aside for 20 years before you pursue them! And, stop saying “I should write a book” and just write it already!
11. Is there something you are currently working on that you could share with us?
I’m currently working on a sequel to Red Tape, entitled, Tax Cut. I’m about a third of the way through. I hope to release it in early 2014. It too, will have a crazy cast of characters, mystery, government corruption, comedy and a little romance.
12. How can readers learn more about you and your writing?
The best way to learn about me and my books is through my website at www.michelelynnseigfried.com and through Facebook www.facebook.com/michelelynnseigfried and Twitter. There is an email sign-up form on my website for anyone who wants to find out about promotions, giveaways, and events I’ll be at, such as book signings.
- Justin W. Price Interview (craighartonline.com)