Everyone, welcome Michelle Tang to our Contributor Interview series, a routine blog feature that introduces you to the wonderful writers whose work will be included in our upcoming anthology project.
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“Michelle’s submission ‘Message in a Novel’ made me miss bookstore strolling so much. You never know who or what you may find when you open your heart to a book in your hand. Michelle’s story taps into the sentimental magic of the book copies that mean more to us than anything on the shelf, mostly because of the people we share them with through the years.”
— Jaime Dill, editor for Cardigan Press
[E] Hi Michelle! What genres/age ranges do you typically gravitate toward in your writing?
I mostly write for an adult audience. As for genre–it’s interesting, because the first writing class I ever took was with a literary writing teacher, so my earlier work reads differently than my current, speculative stories.
I write different genres according to the ideas that inspire me (although I am a little intimidated by hard science fiction). I’m written two books, one of which is a murder mystery, and the other is a paranormal fantasy. Most of my short stories are horror or dark fantasy, because I like to be scared.
[E] It’s fascinating how education influences our writing, often in extremely different directions. In what ways is your submission to Cardigan Press similar and/or different from your usual writing?
I really like this question because “Message in a Novel” is so different from my usual pieces. Usually my work has supernatural/fantastical elements inherent in the world, and my protagonist is either accustomed to this (as in my fantasy stories) or actively avoids this (as in my horror stories).
“Message in a Novel” features a protagonist who lives in a normal world and searches for a sign of the supernatural. There is a question of whether he is displaying magical thinking in a rational environment, compared to my other characters who are trying to think rationally in magical circumstances.
[E] And that thread of mystery is what makes the story so captivating. We can’t wait for others to read it! How else can readers best support you at this time?
I’m busy preparing my two books for the querying process, and I’m always submitting my short stories for publication. So, the best way to support me right now is to talk to me! I love chatting about WIPs and writing craft on Twitter: @a_girl_Michelle.
[E] You’re so friendly and easy to talk to, as well! Thank you for chatting with us about your work. We look forward to seeing everyone’s reaction to your story in the anthology!
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