Well, hello there! Welcome to my stop on the Nice Day for a White Wedding Blog Tour hosted by Neverland Blog Tours. I’ve got something a little different for you today; a Q&A with A.L Michael. So without further ado, let’s get chatting!
Q&A With A.L Michael
1. Nice Day for a White Wedding is the second book in The House on Camden Square series. Can you tell us a little bit about the series?
The series is focused around three friends who lost touch after secondary school, and how they’re brought back together by the death of their friend, Ruby Tuesday, who ended up becoming a famous musician. She left them the studio she used in London, and the three friends are brought back together to run an arts centre.
2. I note that the House on Camden Square is your first series, with your previous novels being standalones. What made you want to write a series? What inspired you?
I was a little scared by the idea of writing a series, to be honest! I didn’t think I had it in me, but once the idea arose, I was quite excited to get to know each character individually, to let them have their story and happy ending, instead of just having one main character and two best friends. Now each of the women gets to have her story explored, and her individual memories show us more about Ruby too.
3. Your stories are focused on strong, independent women. Is this something you particularly focus on in the writing process or do the characters come to you naturally?
A little of both. I really think we need strong female characters, but a lot of mine are pretty messed up too. They think they’re strong, but they still make mistakes, still get confused and second guess themselves. I want to read books about strong women, women who don’t need the happy ending, but deserve it, the women who want to have it all. So that’s what I write.
4. Nice Day for a White Wedding is your sixth book. What is your writing process like?
I usually write a lot long hand in my notebooks first, until I’m ready to start typing it up in order. That’s become less and less with every book I write. With The Last Word, I’d pretty much had all of it written in a notebook before I started typing. With my latest, I only scribbled a few pages before I started typing up, but I will carry on scribbling down ideas as I go through. If I have time, I like to put it away for a while before I have to edit it, just to get some space, but that’s not always possible with deadlines.
5. What is the best writing tip you received?
Write something you’d like to read! I used to be really hung up on writing something ‘important’ or unique, because that’s what you’re taught when you study writing, but the truth is, now I write the kind of things I love to read, and I think that love of the genre comes through.
6. What do you get up to when you are not writing?
I’m in my final slog of an MSc in Creative Writing for Therapeutic Purposes, and I also have an amazing job working as a report editor for a mystery dining company. So I get to write about food all day, which is great (as well as getting to go and eat it quite a bit!)
7. If you could have any of your books turned into films, which would you choose? Who would you like to play your characters?
If I turned this series into a movie, focusing on this book, Chelsea would be played by Natalie Dormer, Kit would be played by Alexander Skaarsgard and I have always struggled to find an actress who makes me think of Ruby. Would love to hear everyone elses’s thoughts for casting!
8. How would you describe your books? What can they expect?
Sarcastic and smart, with heart? I write books with strong female characters who are trying their hardest to brave and sort their lives out. I don’t do fluffy, but a few cute moments creep in! All my stories are about the power of friendships and have a lot of nostalgia! Plus I love a witty one liner.
9. Time to share the love… Who are your favourite authors? What books have had an influence on you in your life?
I loved Sarra Manning’s books growing up, and I still love her books now! Mhairi McFarlane is one of my favourites, she creates these amazingly well rounded stories with excellent characters and lines that make me snort with laughter. I always go back to certain books for comfort, like I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith, or The Lost Art of Keeping Secrets, by Eva Rice. As well as Faking It by Jenny Crusie and Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Luis Zafron.
10. What’s your favourite thing about being an author?
Writing a book is much like the immersive experience you get from reading a book, except you get to decide on the journey. It’s an exciting and brilliantly fun experience. Also, being part of a writing community and connecting with other writers is one of my favourite parts of being an author – because you share the highs and lows, and people get it!
In celebration of the Blog Tour, A.L Michael has put together an Italian themed hamper, containing such items as processo, biscotti and other yummies! However, please note that this is a tour-wide giveaway.
Nice Day for a White Wedding by A.L Michael
Sometimes, Happy Ever After is where the real trouble begins…
Chelsea Donnolly wasn’t supposed to amount to anything. But if there’s one thing the bad girl from the estate liked better than trouble, it was a challenge. So, to the amusement of her best friends Evie, Mollie and Ruby – and the disbelief of her teachers – this bad girl turned good.
These days, Chelsea is the kind of girl people are proud to know – and, after a surprise trip to Venice, she has a ring on her finger to prove it. But to get there, she’s had to learn to keep her deepest secrets from everyone – even her fiancé. And when wedding preparations threaten to blow her cover, Chelsea can’t help but wonder: in her battle to the top, might she have left the best parts of herself behind?
Thank you very much to A.L Michael for answering my questions, and to Neverland Blog Tours for letting me take part in the blog tour! To find out more about A.L Michael, you can follow her on Twitter.