That’s a really great question. I’m not sure I’ve ever been asked that, believe it or not. I think the hardest part about being an author is my “shouting into the void” theory. As an author, I’ve always known I wanted to write stories, tell stories, put my stories out there for others to consume. But there are so many stories out there already. I often feel like I’m just one more person throwing more words out there that may never get read. That’s discouraging and definitely the hardest part about being an author.
Can you give us a short synopsis of Out of Time?
Sure. Out of Time is the story of Kaelyn Anderson, who grew up in a little town called Sanctuary in the mountains of North Carolina. Sanctuary is a little different in that it’s set up like a medieval village. Sort of a year-round Renaissance faire and a tourist attraction. Kaelyn’s father is the king, but she’s been to college and lives in Asheville. Anyway, she goes back home on her twenty-sixth birthday and her home is attacked and she finds out everything she’s ever thought was real actually isn’t. Her father really is an exiled king from another world, she really is a princess and now she has to save her people from the enemy that has found them. Of course, me being me, there’s a romance, and this is the first book of three in a series called Synchronicity.
What inspired you to write this book?
I’ve always been fascinated by the concept of time and how it seems to rush along one minute and crawl the next. And remember when you were a kid and an hour seemed to take forever? And when you grow up, an hour isn’t even enough time to do the grocery shopping. And years go by in a flash now. The concept of time is central to the series Synchronicity. Plus, I’ve always wanted to write fantasy. I grew up reading fantasy. Everything from Piers Anthony to Anne McCaffrey. I lived in those worlds, and, I guess, I finally got brave enough to create one of my own.
How many hours per day do you spend writing?
Highly variable. I have kids, and it’s summer right now, but I try to get in an hour or so before they get up and sneak another hour or two in when they’re busy during the day. I am also a bit of a night owl during the summer, so I’ll usually stay up another hour after everyone goes to bed. That’s actually when I can get my best writing done. So I’d say I spend anywhere from 15 minutes to 3-4 hours writing per day.
Name your top five favorite books?
Oh, this will be fun. My top five favorite books are subject to change, of course, but when I think about the books that I’ve read over and over throughout my life, these are the ones that come to mind immediately:
The Grandfather Tales by Richard Chase
Persuasion by Jane Austen
Watership Down by Richard Adams
Swan Song by Robert R. McCammon
Dragonquest by Anne McCaffrey
What are you working on now?
Right now I’m hard at work on Time Being, which is book two of the Synchronicity series. I’m more than halfway through it, which is good because I want to release it in January.
Thanks so much for having me on your blog!
Title: Out of Time
Author: Michelle Garren Flye
Genre: Romantic Fantasy
Tucked away in the mountains of North Carolina, the people of the strange little town of Sanctuary have enjoyed their status as a tourist attraction and Renaissance faire destination for decades. But on her twenty-sixth birthday, Kaelyn Anderson discovers a dark secret about her hometown.
The only reality she’s ever known has proven false. Now, her last hope lies in an unusual alliance with the son of the enemy she didn’t even know she had. Under the protection of Jack, an Elf prince, Kaelyn plunges into Cherokee lore to find the answer that will protect her people from invaders from another world.
Can Kaelyn and Jack form an alliance between three factions to fight their common enemy, or are they out of time
Michelle Garren Flye is an award-winning author of romance and women’s fiction. Reviewers have described her work as: “an engaging novel with charming and likable characters”, a story that “will make you believe in love and second chances”, and a “well-written and thought-provoking novel.”
Michelle placed third in the Hyperink Romance Writing Contest for her short story “Life After”. Her short stories have been published by the romance anthology Foreign Affairs, Opium.com, SmokelongQuarterly.com and Flashquake.com. She has served on the editorial staffs of Horror Library, Butcher Shop Quartet and Tattered Souls.
Michelle has a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Master’s degree in Library and Information Science from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She is the mother of three and lives in North Carolina with her husband and their rapidly growing collection of pets.
Amazon Author Central: amazon.com/author/michellegflye