What’s your current WIP about + what are you working on with it?
My current WIP is called The Andromeda Man. It tells the story of an ambitious business woman in a world driven by Social Media. Her disinterest in ‘Socials’ leads to a diagnosis called Addictive Disassociation Disorder, and during this time, she starts receiving strange messages from a man claiming to come from ‘Andromeda.’ Is it real, or is it all to do with her disorder?
I’m currently finishing up the final touches on the piece. I think it deserves at least one more good read-through before I start querying, and probably a few extra fixes along the way!
Show your WIP’s aesthetic in images or words (or both)!
Luckily I just made this for the #ThursdayAesthetic tag on Twitter! My story is set in 2048, so it’s a world not too far from ours today. It’s got that ‘party-girl-gone-tech’ aesthetic!
What is your favourite type of ~thing~ to write?
This is such a difficult question, because I find it really hard to limit myself within genres. I tend to write a lot of Fabulism, with world’s just outside the realm of possibility. Sometimes I veer more fanciful, sometimes more scientific.
My main drive is the characters. Whatever the setting, I’m all about the relationships that are created, and the challenges within them.
Are you a plotter or a pantser?
I’m a plotter like crazy! Scrivener is the best thing that ever happened to me, because I can plot out the whole story and write chapters sporadically within the outline. It’s magic!
Out of the characters you’ve written so far, who are your favourites?
My favourite character is one I’ve named Theo, from my YA WIP ‘Harvest Moons’. It’s a manuscript I’ve written before, and am slowly rewriting into a proper novel.
Theo is from the ‘Lit’ Territory, where citizens receive powers from the moonlight. He is what I’ve called a ‘Stalker’, and has the ability to Reflect the Light off his body in order to achieve invisibility. Sadly, as his Light exists outside of his body, he is left without a soul.
He’s your typical good-guy Sociopath, fighting only out of necessity, but there are a few other secrets along his journey…
Tragically, he won’t appear until Book Two, so in the meantime I need to fall deeper in love with my leads!
What (or who) motivates you to write?
My brain, mostly. All my life, I’ve constantly generated ideas, and if I don’t get them down on paper/computer screen I fear they’ll disappear.
OCD is a killer, man, but it sure does push the creative process.
What’s your writing routine, if any? (ie. snacks, music, time of day, location, etc.)
Silence and focus. As long as I’m in a comfortable place with minimal distraction, I can type away like crazy.
And coffee. Because… coffee.
What genre will you never try, and why?
I’d say Historical Fiction, except that I actually have a MG historical fiction piece plotted in Scrivener. It’s based on the true story of my Granny, who was a refugee child during the Spanish Civil War.
The story is too incredible not to write, and hopefully I’ll knock it out one day.
I hate saying I’ll never try a genre, because I want to experience everything. I love change, and I live for exploration.
That said, I’d be a crap children’s book author. I’d somehow manage to squeeze thirteen characters into 500 words. Simplicity is certainly not my strongest suit.
What is your favourite genre to write?
Fabulism, or low fantasy. Something just a little too magical to be real. I love writing questions. I love writing enigmas.
I’m a weirdo, and it definitely comes through in my words.
What are some book ideas you want to write in the future?
I mentioned my Spanish Civil War MG and my Lit World YA… I’d also love to turn my one-act play, ‘Happy Birthday, Wendy Darling!’ into a YA novel. It’s a story of the Lost Girls: Alice, Wendy, and Dorothy, and the way they’ve wandered into adulthood.
It will take some work to book-ify it, but I love a challenge!
What brings you the most satisfaction as a writer?
Finishing my story. Honestly, just getting the thing out of my head and into a consumable form is insanely satisfying!
What type of characters do you prefer writing?
I love the flaws. Not little flaws, like being a picky eater, but big, life-altering flaws like betraying everyone you love. Maybe it’s my messed up sense of humour, or just my real-life cynicism, but I write the dark stuff. And I like it.
Which of your characters is based off you?
All of them, a little bit. As I wrote the character of Sarah, I started to recognize how much of myself was in there. She’s not a nice person, but there’s something about the lens through which she sees the world that I could relate to, and in ways of which I wasn’t proud.
Again, I guess that comes with the flaws. Real life is ugly, and sometimes we can be too.
Share a tiny (or large) snippet/excerpt of your writing, if you’re comfortable!
Chapter one, The Andromeda Man by Michelle Payne
I tag all of you writing types out there, especially those of you not yet published, like me!