Michelle McCormick is a writer, teacher, wife, mother, and cat wrangler…all rolled into one. She lives in central Nebraska with her husband, Robert, and their twin daughters, Caylin and Christine. A veteran teacher of 20 years, she currently serves as the Writing Club sponsor for the town’s local middle school. In her free time, she enjoys the 3 G’s: Golfing, Gardening, and Garage Sales. Michelle is a frequent contributor to Nebraska Rural Living’ s website (nebraskaruralliving.com).
As the evening dwindles down, we all head to Stephanie’s, a local boutique, to meet our local author, Michelle McCormick!
I had the privilege to watch through the evening as all her little and big fans came to see their favorite author! I also was given the chance to do a little interview with Michelle! Let’s see what she’s all about!
Sierra: Tell us a little about yourself?
A little about myself:
- Have lived in Nebraska my whole life
- Elementary Teacher
- Mother of 14 year-old twin girls
- Former Miss Nebraska (1990)
- Collect antique insect pins
- Never met an online auction I didn’t like!
- Competed and WON on Let’s Make a Deal in October 2012
Sierra: When did you first start writing and when did you finish your first book?
Michelle: I first started writing as child. Creative writing was always my favorite thing to do in school. I finished my first book in 1990. It was a children’s picture book called Dorian Woods.
Sierra: Tell us a little bit about your first book or the first book in the series.
Michelle: Priscilla Willa, Party Planner is a chapter book series intended for 2nd to 4th graders. Priscilla is smart, ambitious, and idolizes Warren Buffett. After firing her mother for throwing a disastrous birthday party for her, Priscilla forms her own party planning company. For more specifics, see Priscilla’s website: priscillawillapartyplanner.com
Sierra: How did you choose the genre you write in?
Michelle: I prefer writing children’s fiction, because nothing is cooler than watching a kid who’s super into a book!
Sierra: What was your favorite chapter (or part) to write?
Michelle: My favorite chapter in Priscilla Willa, Party Planner is when Priscilla fires her mother. Every time I read this part out loud to a group of kids, they gasp and look around at each other. Firing your mother? Unheard of!!
Sierra: Is anything in your book based on real life experiences or purely all imagination?
Michelle: The Priscilla books are totally based on real life! Priscilla and her best friend, Jolette, are modeled after my twin daughters. Night at the Haunted Hotel was inspired by the old Hotel Orleans in Orleans, Nebraska. The carrier pigeon found in book three was inspired by a real-life event that occurred in England.
Sierra: Is there any particular author or book that influenced you in any way either growing up or as an adult?
Michelle: In elementary school, my favorite author was Caroline Keene. I read every Nancy Drew I could get my hands on! In junior high, I really got into the classics. Jane Eyre was my favorite. I read it four times! In high school, I started sneaking my mom’s romance books. They were definitely not the best quality literature, but hey, I was a teenager! In college, I was drawn to the beautiful story telling of James Herriot. His stories were so entertaining, I still have all his books. These days I have some definite favorites: The Help, The Secret Life of Bees, The Hunger Games, and the Harry Potter series.
Sierra: Do you ever experience writers block?
Michelle: Writers Block? Yes! Especially in the summer.
Sierra: Is there an author that you would really like to meet?
Michelle: Authors I’d like to meet: Dead: Willa Cather. Alive: Suzanne Collins
Sierra: Will you have a new book coming out soon? If so, can you tell us about it?
Michelle: I’m excited for the third Priscilla to come out in paperback. It’s currently available in ebook format.
Sierra: If you could go back and do it all over again, is there any aspect of your first novel or getting it published that you would change?
Michelle: If I could go back and do anything over on the Priscilla series, it would be to get it illustrated. This age group likes pictures!
Sierra: Do you have any advice to give to aspiring writers?
Michelle: My advice for aspiring writers: Just Write!!! There has never been a better time to be an author. Publish yourself electronically: write ebooks, blogs, etc. When you see yourself instantly published, it’s a great confidence builder. As with any skill, the more you practice, the better you get, so WRITE WRITE WRITE!!
Sierra: Is there anything you would like to say to your readers and fans?
Michelle: To my readers and fans: First of all, I hope you exist. Second, if you do exist, thank you!!
I have read and reviewed “Priscilla Willa, Party Planner” and plan on reading “Night at the Haunted Hotel” so keep an eye out for that review! To see my review of “Priscilla Willa, Party Planner”, click on the book cover below! Great books for children, definitely recommended! Thank you again Michelle for such a fun time!!