I have never been more excited. Except for when I had bacon at IHOP... No, no this beats even that.
About THE BOOK:
The Twitter version: tell us about your book in 140 characters or less:
It’s a fun guide on writing essays and term papers that explains step by step, with examples, in plain English, exactly what you need to do
What made you think, “I need to write a book like ESSAYS AND TERM PAPERS.”?
I’ve always been the “go-to” gal for when family members or friends need help writing a paper or essay. I actually really like writing essays and papers, and I’m good at it. So I decided to do a few How To posts on my blog. I looked up some rules one day as a refresher for some of the posts I wanted to write, and the information I was finding was so technically worded and confusing even I, with all my experience and degrees, had a hard time understanding it. It drove me nuts that there wasn’t one site or book I could find that just said “Look, this is what you need to do and here is exactly how you do it, oh and here are a bunch of examples so you can see what I’m talking about.” Seriously, why do people have to make it so confusing?
So, I took the info and wrote a series of blog posts, in plain English, easy to follow directions, with examples. And I got a great response. A few friends told me I should write a book…and kept at me until I agreed :)
What else are you working on? Secrets? Inside scoops? Give us the juicy stuff!
I’ve got two more guidebooks in the works, one on poetry and one on literary analysis and criticisms. And I also write YA historical fiction and always have a novel in progress. And a few children’s picture books for fun :D
About THE AUTHOR:
Have you always wanted to be a writer?
It was always sort of in the back of my mind, but I didn’t think it was really a career option for some reason. I wanted to be an astronaut for a while, but I’m claustrophobic, afraid of heights and terrible at math, so that was pretty much out of the question. I settled on archaeology for a long time, or archiving…majored in history and everything.
But I’ve always written. I’ve got stories from when I was little…won a young author contest when I was in 5th grade. No matter what path I thought I was going down, being an author was always the big dream.
What made you decide to go that “extra step” and seek publication?
I just had a “why not” moment one day. I’d written a children’s book that my family was raving over. My mom, always my loudest cheerleader, kept telling me I needed to get it published. I’d just started working on my first novel and had always had visions of my name on a book, and just figured I had nothing to lose. It was what I’d always really wanted but it wasn’t going to happen unless I tried…so I did :)
Quick! You’ve been chosen to be a contestant on Survivor. What luxury item do you take?
Ha! I was a huge Survivor fan for years (THANK YOU!) so this is something I’ve considered before…probably flint and steel…you always need fire and a lighter would eventually run out of fluid (cause you know, I’d of course be on the island long enough for it to run out)
Tell us something about yourself we don’t know.
I still sleep with a nightlight in my room :D Overactive imaginations can be a pain sometimes ;-)
And the most important of all: bacon or chocolate?
I almost hate to say it, knowing how you love bacon, but I have to go for the chocolate (It's okay. We can still be friends) …though I’m not averse to putting those hands together and dipping a few crispy morsels in some chocolate deliciousness :D (She's not lying. She sent me some bacon-dipped chocolate. It was delish.)
Awesome, yes? Go visit Michelle here:
Operation Awesome Blog
Facebook Author Page
And get ESSAYS AND TERM PAPERS here:
And if you're feeling lucky today (and even if you're not), you can leave a comment here to WIN A COPY of Michelle's ESSAYS AND TERM PAPERS!! I so could've used this book in high school. College. Heck, I need this book now. So comment. Enter. Win.
Check out what the other Bookanistas are up to today:
- Katie Anderson raves about THE LIAR SOCIETY, Myra McEntire shouts about the cover, and Shannon Messenger is giving away an ARC!
- Christine Fonseca applauds Michelle McLean's HOMEWORK HELPERS: TERM PAPERS AND ESSAYS with Signed Book Giveaway, and Bethany Wiggins adds her voice to the awesome
- Carrie Harris celebrates THE SKY IS EVERYWHERE
- Jen Hayley lauds DELIRIUM
- Shelli Johannes-Wells gives a shoutout to IN LOVE WITH HARLEQUIN
- Jessi Kirby admires MATCHED
- Carolina Valdez Miller salutes XVI with Signed Book Giveaway
- Megan Miranda gives some love to ACROSS THE UNIVERSE, and Lisa and Laura Roecker happy dance for Beth Revis
- Shana Silver cheers for HERE LIES BRIDGET
- Scott Tracey acclaims DIVERGENT