About Andrea Michaels:
Andrea Michaels is literally the backbone of the special events industry. In fact, Special Events magazine awarded her the one-time Pillar of the Industry Award in January, 2014. Michaels launched her business when there was no formalized or defined marketplace. She was, and still is, a trailblazer, pioneering the way for others to follow. Always on the cutting edge of the business, she has stacked up a pile of firsts (and more than 50 prestigious awards) in her legendary career – initiating corporate mystery events and interactive themes, charging into the international market ahead of her colleagues, incorporating never-before-used technology into her events, just to name a few. That alone should make her extraordinary, but she runs much deeper. Noted as one of the most caring and giving educators of our time, she has traveled the world to teach others not just her art and craft but to help them learn from her own mistakes.
Andrea Michaels is a meeting/event planner and producer, CEO, author, speaker, and educator who cares deeply about her family, friends, associates and the world around her.
What inspires you to write?
Everything around me. I find creativity in books, music, theater, art, movies, TV, my family and all the people around me. I started writing when I was a small child. I even had a television script accepted by the producers of a series when i was 8 years old!
Tell us about your writing process.
I’m not an outliner, but I wouldn’t describe myself as a seat-of-the-pants writer either. I formulate what I want to say in my mind, think on it and then sit down and let it tumble out. Then, revise, revise, revise.
What advice would you give other writers?
Write about what inspires you. Your passion will bleed through on the pages and inspire your readers. Be honest. Be humble. Don’t believe your own press releases.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I have been working with an editor for years. She outlined all the options for me, and I went with a self-publishing firm because I didn’t want to wait for years to get my book published! (I’m exaggerating but I went with what I thought was the faster route.)
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I know that everything is leaning toward digital, but I hope that I will always be able to hold a book in my hands and read it. There’s something very personal about that.
What do you use?: Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?: business, memoirs
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print