Meet an author: Marvellous Micheal
Marvellous Micheal has been writing poems and short stories for over ten years and directing them as short plays in her local community.
Marvellous is not limited to the art of stringing words together; she wrote and produced her first short film in 2016. She is a recipient of the 2017 AFRIFF Film School Scholarship Program.
Birthmarked is her first published book.
1. When did you start writing and why?
I started writing short stories when I was really young but I began to focus on poems at the age of 12. Before then my stories were usually only to my grandma as we wrote long distance letters to each other month after month. She really helped shape my writing and gave me the foundation I needed to later build on and become the writer I am today.
2. At what point do you know that a story/book is complete?
A story usually is complete when the next couple of lines I add don’t fit into my original idea or make it too long. I like to end with a bang or huge surprise, so I work my way up to the point where I can leave the reader satisfied with enough surprise to wonder what comes next, allowing them to complete the story themselves.
3. What’s the hardest/easiest thing about writing?
The easiest thing about writing is writing for the first time. The hardest thing about writing is writing again.
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4. What books would you say shaped your writing?
To be honest, every book I have ever read has influenced my writing. Whether a good book, where I learn from what I like or a bad book, from where I’d learn what I do not want to write like. It’s all a part of my learning process. I especially like Francine Rivers’ Voice in the wind. I love old English, and she used it so well in that book. I sometimes just open random pages to see how well structured the words are.
5. Are you working on anything at the moment?
At the moment, I’m all swamped up prepping for the launch of Birthmarked and afterwards, going to Film School and then off for masters. However, later this year, I want to start a Vlog and I’m excited about that. I cannot wait to start that actually.
6. How do you feel about bad reviews?
I appreciate constructive criticism but I hate bad reviews. They make me cringe, however, I am well aware that they may come regardless of how I feel about them so I just brace myself.
7. If you could be a character in a novel you’ve read, who would you be and why?
Well… I have read many books, and I am sure that I haven’t found me yet. This may be because I don’t know which me, I am looking for, but I’m sure that I’m still searching.
8. If your life was a book, what would the title be?
The Farmer’s Daughter.
9. Tell us something about yourself that your readers probably don’t know.
Until very recently, I didn’t like writing, I only knew how to. Now I love it, but it was quite the journey to this place where I can say ‘I love writing!’ out loud.