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About Michele Dominguez Greene

Q. What is your birthdate?

A. 2/13

Q. Previous occupations

A. I have been an actress since I was seventeen and I still am, I never had a different job!

Q. Favorite job

A. Being a writer, by far!

Q. High school and/or college

A. Los Angeles (Fairfax High/USC)

Q. Name of your favorite composer or music artist?

A. Beethoven

Q. Favorite movie

A. Moonstruck

Q. Favorite television show

A. Glee. I love it! I Tivo it so I can watch three episodes in a row, my guilty pleasure!

Revealing Questions

Q. How would you describe your life in only 8 words?

A. Small in size, mighty with a pen--lucky!

Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. 'To dare is to lose one's footing momentarily, to not dare is to lose oneself"- Kierkegaard

On Books and Writing

Q. Who are your favorite authors?

A. The Brontes, Salman Rushdie, Charles Dickens, Jane Austen, Flannery O'Connor, Truman Capote, Carson McCullers, Shakespeare, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Joan Didion, Mary Karr.

Q. What are your 5 favorite books of all time?

A. Wuthering Heights, To Kill A Mockingbird, Shalimar The Clown, House of the Spirits, Cherry. And Pablo Neruda: The Complete Verses.

Q. Is there a book you love to reread?

A. Wuthering Heights

Q. Do you have one sentence of advice for new writers?

A. Write every day and trust your own ideas!

Q. What comment do you hear most often from your readers?

A. That they can really identify with the characters in my books, that they feel like they are inside the character's head and heart.

Q. How did you come to write Keep Sweet?

A. I started reading about the FLDS years ago and was stunned and outraged that young girls, American citizens in the U.S., are living in these communities where they have no control over their own lives. And that these groups operate openly, under the eye of law enforcement and our legal system....I still can't believe it! And since our government seems quite timid about actually going after these groups and putting an end to these illegal activities and human rights violations, I realized that it falls to the writers and the readers to make a change. I think it also opens up a lot of questions about self-determination, personal freedom, having choices and just being recognized as a whole human being with an intellect and a will and dreams....girls living in the FLDS are denied so many of those things and it's good to have a story open up our perspective on life. How it is and how it could be in different circumstances. And of course, I hope young readers want to get involved and help bring some positive change, to help the young people trapped in these communities. It will take young people speaking up, it always does!

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