Interview | Michelle Larks

Michelle, describe yourself for our visitors.

I am an older sister, a wife and mother of two adult daughters. I reside in the midwest, Chicago. I love Gospel, R&B, Jazz, and some hip-hop music. I love watching NBA and NFL games on television. I am a member of a local Methodist Church, where I serve as Financial Secretary. My ministry or calling has been that of an author. I try to write about real life experiences people may be going through, and try to inspire them through my writing and scripture as it pertains to the situation.

How do you find time to connect with God?

I connect with God, in the morning, giving thanks for allowing me to see another day, and give thanks throughout the day for the blessings he has bestowed upon me. I also read the Upper Room a devotional pamphlet and the accompanying scripture on a daily basis.

Who are your favorite authors? Favorite books?

I love reading, and read a variety of genres. I love Kimberla Lawson Roby, Lolita Files, Terri McMillian to name a few. A few of my favorite books, are Mama by Terri McMillian, and A Child of God by Lolita Files.

Tell us about your journey to publication.

I have also written in some shape form or fashion since I was a child. In the 1990’s into the year 2000, I wrote poetry to for people upon their request to celebrate milestone in their lives. A friend of one of my sister’s self-published a book in 2002. My sister attended her friend’s book signing, and picked up a business card belonging to Cheryl Katherine Wash, the owner of Ebony Energy Publishing. My sister presented the card to me and told me it was time for me to begin writing. I submitted a series of poems I had written and thus, A Myriad of Emotions was born, it was released by Ebony Energy in 2003, and I’ve been on a writing tear since then.

Tell us about your current book?

My current book is Keeping Misery Company. It was released by Urban Christian Books in October of 2007. It is the story of minister’s daughter, whose husband of 35 years leaves her for a younger woman. In addition to dealing with that crisis, her brother, who is estranged from her family is in the final stages of AIDS. My heroine, Ruth tries to reconcile her family while trying to cope with her marital woes.

How did you come up with ideas for this book?

A woman I’d met who had read Crisis Mode, asked me if I would write a story about a woman whose husband leaves the home, after the children leave the nest. And thus Keeping Misery Company was born.

List your three most recent books.

The books I’ve written before Keeping Misery Company are, Crisis Mode, a collection of four short stories about women dealing with societal issues, Who’s Your Daddy, and Mirrored Image, an e-book. Who’s Your Daddy and Mirrored Images fall under the genre of contemporary fiction, not Christian Fiction.

  What’s next for you?

I have a new book coming out with Urban Christian Books in July of this year, 2008, titled The Legacies. It is the story of a drug distributor’s daughter and a minister’s son, who fall in love during their college years.

Where can visitors find you online?

People can find me online at www.MichelleLarks.com, and at www.myspace.com/michellelarks. My email address is michelle.larks@comcast.net.