About Michelle Cameron
Q. What is your birthdate?
Q. Previous occupations
A. Magazine production manager, freelance writer, college editorial assistant, marketing writer, technical writer, manager of interactive writers, director of design services, creative director of interactive media.
Q. Favorite job
A. The one I do every morning before the day job - historical novelist
Q. High school and/or college
A. High schools: Memorial High School, Cedar Grove, NJ; Kibbutz Kfar Blum, Midreshet Sde Bokar, Israel - College: Tel Aviv University
Q. Name of your favorite composer or music artist?
A. Edvard Grieg (because of his Piano Concerto in A Minor)
Q. Favorite movie
Q. Favorite television show
A. Currently? Mad Men. Previously? West Wing.
Q. How would you describe your life in only 8 words?
A. 4:30am novelist, 9-5 day job, forever mom
Q. What is your motto or maxim?
A. Fie upon this quiet life. I want work!
Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?
A. Those rare moments when everyone important in my life is thriving.
Q. What’s your greatest fear?
A. Death by inches
Q. If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you choose to be?
A. London. Of course, it would be a better trip if I could go back in time, too.
Q. With whom in history do you most identify?
A. Queen Elizabeth I.
Q. Which living person do you most admire?
A. Jon Stewart - for his wit and courage
Q. What do you regret most?
A. It used to be not being published. I'll have to find something new to regret. Or not!
Q. If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?
A. Singing! In tune!
Q. What is your greatest achievement?
A. My two sons.
Q. What’s your greatest flaw?
A. I don't do confrontation.
Q. What’s your best quality?
Q. If you could be any person or thing, who or what would it be?
A. The Dark Lady. I’d love to know who I am. And sleeping with Shakespeare would be quite a bonus.
Q. What trait is most noticeable about you?
A. I’m the quiet one.
Q. Who is your favorite fictional hero?
A. Shirley Keeldar, Charlotte Bronte's little known heroine, in her novel Shirley. Charlotte explained that her model was her sister, Emily - but that Shirley was what Emily might have become, had she had wealth and privilege.
Q. Who is your favorite fictional villain?
A. Dr. Doom.
Q. If you could meet any historical character, who would it be and what would you say to him or her?
A. How can you ask a historical novelist that question and expect her to come back with just one character? I’d want to meet everyone I’ve ever put into one of my novels, from William Shakespeare and the boy apprentices to Meir of Rothenberg to King Nebuchadnezzar and the prophet Ezekiel. What would I say to them? “Did this really happen the way I imagined it?”
Q. What is your biggest pet peeve?
A. That I don’t have a metabolism appropriate to my appetite.
Q. What is your favorite occupation, when you’re not writing?
A. Talking to someone who loves what I love.
Q. What’s your fantasy profession?
A. Writer-in-residence at a high school or college
Q. What 3 personal qualities are most important to you?
A. Loyalty, compassion, follow-through.
Q. If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your days, what would it be?
A. That’s a sick, sick question.
Q. What are your 5 favorite songs?
A. “Greensleeves,” “American Pie,” “The Shoop Shoop Song,” “Save the Best for Last,” “Short Skirt Long Jacket”
On Books and Writing
Q. Who are your favorite authors?
A. Jane Austen, William Shakespeare, J.D. Salinger, George Elliott, Anne Tyler, Phillipa Gregory, Maeve Binchy (I’m nothing if not eclectic)
Q. What are your 5 favorite books of all time?
A. Only 5? I’ll have to limit the Jane Austen’s, then… Persuasion, Middlemarch, Franny & Zooey, Desiree, Shakespeare’s First Folio
Q. Is there a book you love to reread?
A. Only one? 84, Charing Cross Road. And many, many more.
Q. Do you have one sentence of advice for new writers?
A. My agent gave me the best bit of advice when we were looking for publishers, which applies to agents, too: “it only takes one.”