A writer with a passion for teaching and speaking, Michele Huey writes an award-winning weekly newspaper column, God, Me, and a Cup of Tea, which placed second in the 2009 Pennsylvania Newspaper Association's Keystone Press Awards. Two compilations of these columns have been published as devotional books. Her work has appeared in numerous anthologies and national publications. Her daily radio program, God, Me, and a Cup of Tea, aired on stations in Pennsylvania, Georgia, and Alabama for 10 years. She writes devotionals on assignment for Pathways to God and is a former newspaper feature writer, photographer, and editor. Her debut novel, The Heart Remembers, has enjoyed 5-star reviews on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Goodreads. Her second novel, Before I Die, and her short story series, Fifth Wheel, are also published by Helping Hands Press. An inspiring speaker, Michele is a member of Advanced Writers and Speakers Association and serves as pulpit supply for a small, local congregation, which she calls her "little flock." A former teacher with more than 20 years of experience in the classroom, Michele was named to Who's Who Among America's Teachers (2004-2006). In addition to serving as a mentor for the Jerry B. Jenkins Christian Writers Guild, she coaches writers through The Writing Academy, teaches at writing conferences, and was a member of the team that rewrote two CWG courses. She has a passion for reaching women with the Word of God and serves as the assistant director for the annual Punxsutawney Christian Women's Conference. In addition to her addiction to reading, she's an avid (sometimes rabid) Pirates fan and grandmother; loves baseball, Italian food, and hiking; and makes the best homemade pizza around. Michele and her husband, Dean, live in western Pennsylvania and have three grown children and five grandchildren.
What five words describe you?
Passionate, fun, down-to-earth, generous, introverted, determined (From a friend: optimistic; kind; lover of the Lord; great storyteller)
What are you working on at the minute?
What is it about?
A reclusive romance novelist overcomes betrayal to find the love she writes about.
Which actor/actress would you like to see playing the lead character from your
most recent book?
My most recent book is Before I Die about a 50-something woman who longs to fall in love again—to experience, just one more time, that head-over-heels feeling—the only problem is her husband. I think Michelle Pfeiffer and George Clooney (I liked them in One Fine Day. Or Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks. Or Sandra Bullock. Kevin Costner. I like their acting and believe they would portray the theme of the story and the comedy in it effectively.
If you could have been the original author of any book, what would it have been and why?
Christy by Catherine Marshall because I love her technique and because it’s about a teacher, a pioneer of sorts, who is learning about life, faith, and love.
What is the hardest thing about writing?
Any tips on how to get through the dreaded writer’s block?
Where would your dream location be for writing?
A cabin in the mountains (Getaway Mountain <grin>)
When creating characters, are they based on people in your life?
Not really, but people give me all kinds of ideas for the characters that come to life as I write.
Do you read your reviews? Yes Do you respond to them, good or bad? No
Do you have any advice on how to deal with the bad?
Take it with a grain of salt. That is one person’s opinion, and that person might have a point. Think about it, think about how you can use this review to improve your writing, and move on.
If you couldn't be a writer, what would you be?
A teacher (which I was for 20 years—teaching is my passion. When I write, I teach.)
What would you tell your younger self that would have helped you in your writing career?
Learn the craft. Improve and refine your skills. Learn about the publishing world.
Don’t wait until someday.
Where can we buy your books?
Amazon, on my website (see below), and on the soon-to-be-put-up Helping Hands Press online store.
How can we keep up with you? Blog, Facebook, etc......
Weekly inspirational blog and award-winning column: http://godmetea.blogspot.com/
Facebook author page: http://tinyurl.com/m8yo4cl
Amazon author page: http://tinyurl.com/m4leglq
Goodreads author page: http://tinyurl.com/mub52j3
Author & speaker website page: http://tinyurl.com/pgeecxh