Michaela Renee is a psychotherapist and freelance news journalist, who writes for the oldest newspaper in California- the Georgetown Gazette & Mountain Democrat. Michaela recently released her second book, humorous fiction novel, Me & Moe, following her 2009 memoir Teetering on Disaster (a finalist in the San Diego Book Awards).
Michaela has a BA in Journalism, and a Masters in Psychology. She lives in Northern California with her husband, their son, Tuck, two dogs; a retired racing Greyhound (Rio), and a Golden Retriever (Dennis), and a rescue cat named Moonshine Stilly.
Michaela’s passion is traveling around the world, and she has visited over 15 countries. She has a great love of the ocean and everything in it, especially crab with a side of drawn butter. She rarely finds herself without an activity whether it be hiking, yoga, tinkering in her garden, golfing or spending time with horses. In her most simplest she loves poetic quotes and all things metaphysical.
What inspires you to write?
I was first inspired to write, when I published an article in a major newspaper at the age of 11. It was an opinion piece, and it landed me an invite to the White House during the first Bush Administration. I knew that writing was a powerful way to reach and help people. My goal was always to be a broadcast journalist. Writing has long been an outlet for me during difficult times, and my first book started as an online blog on my website, which had so many readers and fans, it eventually became a real “book.”
Tell us about your writing process.
My writing process starts in my head. Ideas, concepts and basic story plots sit up there bumbling around and find inspiration from the day to day. I usually sit down and start writing, and then walk away, then walk back, then walk away. Eventually I get far enough along, that much like a reader, reading a good book, I can’t put it down…I can’t stop writing.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
My friends and family say that I “become” my lead character. I very much feel as though I’m living the life of the character at times, thinking as they would. And typically, the story continues to unfold when I dream, which helps add to the creativity.
What advice would you give other writers?
It’s the best thing you can offer as a legacy, it’s therapeutic and it’s a gift.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
Ugh. Pass. I’ve been through the ups and downs of all different methods.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think that so long as there are humans on the Earth, there will be books. Stories have been told for generations, and the best selling book of all time – of course – the bible.
I believe that as technology changes, so will book publishing, but people at their core, do not.
What do you use?
Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer
What genres do you write?
fiction, memoir, non fiction, children’s, self-help
What formats are your books in?
Both eBook and Print
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