Introducing Michelle Path, nature lover and prolific 'Repeat Rowanvaler'! With a love for story telling and unique storylines, we are excited to see what's in the pipeline...
Who are you? Tell us a little bit about yourself.
I am foremost of a lover of animals. They are my world. I have both horses and dogs. I love nature and am a bit of a loner. I love living in the country. If I could choose anywhere to live though, it would be near the ocean.
I love creating things. I have always had a creative streak and I own a little business called Purple Pony Pets where I make dog collars, lanyards, jewellery and other bits and pieces. It has stolen me away from writing for a while but I am still passionate about writing and hope to continue publishing books in the future.
What first inspired you to start writing?
I began writing as a child in primary school. I was just drawn to writing. It may have been because I always have had a vivid imagination and am a bit of a daydreamer.
What made you want to work with Rowanvale and be published?
When Rowanvale approached me I could see the care they had for their authors and that they work with their authors to ensure that their goals and visions are allowed to flourish. Rowanvale are lovely to work with. It is a collaboration of both author and publisher which I love.
When you’re not writing, what are you reading?
I love biographies. I love to read about peoples' stories and experiences. I also enjoy historical fiction and fantasy books.
Which work are you most proud of?
I really love my Xalien the Purple Alien series. Xalien teaches children about life, and children love Xalien back - it gets them interested in their world and in reading. This is my aim as an author so it makes me happy that the books are doing what I wrote them for and that they are helping children to read and love books.
What’s your best advice for handling writer's block?
I don’t force writing, I wait for it to come to me usually. If I have no inspiration to write I do something else I enjoy, like riding my horses or walking my dogs. Nature and animals are always an inspiration for me to get back to writing.
What’s one thing you always have with you when you’re writing?
A love for nature, animals and the planet; they are always in my heart.
What is the one book you would take with you if you were stuck on a desert island?
It would be hard to pick just one. It would probably be an encyclopaedia to read up on things that I wouldn’t normally read and continue learning, or the latest book of the Guinness Book of World Records. I love those books.
What is the best part about being an independently published author?
The freedom to write outside of stereotypical expectations. I also enjoy the challenge of marketing and learning about how to establish yourself as an author. I love learning and evolving.
What’s next for you?
I currently have several books I am working on. I’ve had a hiatus from writing for a while but I am feeling drawn towards writing again lately. Perhaps there is room for another Xalien book or two.