I am thrilled to introduce Spiralling out of Control to you today. It’s a must-read for over 15s especially girls. I advise a parent to read it first. Warning: It’s unputdownable. And who wrote this teenage masterpiece you ask? My aussie friend of over three years, Michelle D. Evans!
How long have you been writing?
I wrote my first book when I was eleven called “The Googles V The Manelopes” (hand written, dismally self illustrated and stapled together) but by highschool, my dreams of becoming a writer were crushed by teachers. Nine years ago I found the courage to enrol in a Comprehensive Writing course. For several years I was a secret writer – too scared to let anyone know my deepest dreams of becoming a published author.
What made you jump from kidlit to YA?
Well, Catherine, it was through kidlit that we met, but I have always had a desire to be a novelist as well – I thought I was just writing general fiction until nearly everyone told me I had a solid YA writing voice – so there began my YA journey.
Did you have a burning desire to save the souls of teenagers?
You know, the cry of my heart is to see teenagers get through those years without too much damage to themselves or those around them. Teen years can be such a fun and exciting time, but we all have to live out the consequences of our decisions and so many teenagers find themselves in such a mess because of rebellion or lack of guidance. My desire is see teenagers find healing and wholeness and move into their adult years as effective people with substance in our community.
How does a lovely Christian lady think up these frightening scenarios?
Our world is filled with broken people. I look at where people end up (mentally, physically, emotionally etc) and I ask, ‘how did that happen?’ People’s stories wow me. I have heard and read so many amazing stories and then my imagination goes off into a land of its own and creates the missing scenes. And the Internet now makes research easy – the information I found on (*******) (not for little ears ;)) while writing Spiralling Out of Control was insane – if anyone came and searched my computer during those weeks – I could have been in serious trouble!
Are you a snack-a-holic like me when you are creating?
Hmm…I’m not overly snacky… but by day I have nearly always got a hot drink (tea, coffee, herbal teas, hot lemon water) beside me and by night I often have a glass of red wine.
Thank you so much for having me on your blog!
My pleasure, Michelle! And just before you go I must mention your poetry book since we’re a bit into poetry around here
This is a beautiful poetry book by Michelle:
And here is Spiralling out of Control.
Visit Michelle at her blog here.