Getting to Know Michelle Francik
Michelle Francik has always loved to read and write fiction. Now that her two sons are grown, she’s taking time to do what she loves–write stories that connect with her readers, making them laugh and cry, swoon and sigh. You can learn more about Michelle and her books here.
Where did you grow up, and where do you live now? Tell us something a lot of people don’t know about your home town.
My dad was in the Air Force so we moved a few times. I grew up mostly in Sacramento, CA with stints in Orlando, FL and Moore, OK. Now I live in South Lake Tahoe and I don’t think I can ever go back to big city living. I love that there are trees and mountains everywhere and the lake is magnificent. I get to see bears and coyotes and huge, scary raccoons. I love the fresh air and the cooler weather. I love the snow, especially when I don’t have to go out in it or shovel!
What is your favorite part about writing Sweet Romance/ Cozy Mysteries?
Today’s world isn’t always sweet or cozy, so I like creating worlds that my readers can disappear into, at least for a little while. I like writing characters that are strong, imperfect and relatable and relationships that end well, but have their ups and downs. Sweet romances and cozy mysteries make readers feel good, and that makes me happy.
Who or what inspired you to become an author?
I’ve always loved reading and writing. I used to check out 5 or 6 books a week from the library and read them all at least once before I returned them. I loved being able to explore the world through the eyes of various authors. I love when people read my stories and tell me that they cried and laughed, got angry and were surprised. For me, that’s an amazing thing. Being able to connect and share an emotional journey through words.
If you weren’t an author, what would you be doing?
I always wanted to be a psychologist. I also want to join a band and play the cow bell.
Do you have any pets? Please tell us about them!
I always thought I didn’t like cats until a gray ball of fluff stole my heart. Since that day 35 years ago, I’ve had cats, a rat, a ferret, a bunny, and various fish, frogs and salamanders. Currently, we have a rescue cat named Oreo. He’s a huge tuxedo cat who loves shoestrings and headbutting. He’s the strangest cat-he hates when anyone whistles (he freaks out) loves to steal hair ties (which he gets in trouble for) and he likes to “sneak” onto my lap when I’m typing (he’s huge! Even though he thinkshe’s being stealthy, it just isn’t possible!)
Have you found your own real life happily ever after?
I’m learning to be comfortable in my own skin and to trust my instincts. I’m doing things that make me happy and saying no to things that don’t. So in that sense, yes!
What is one book that impacted or changed your life that you think everybody should read? Tell us about it.
I can’t limit it to one, sorry. The first book that impacted my life was Witch of Blackbird Pond, by Elizabeth George Speare. It inspired me to write a short story that I planned to enter into a contest. My teacher at the time told me that it wasn’t plausible to shift between time periods, like I did in my story, so she refused to enter it. It was a good story and her attitude made me angry. I decided at that moment that I’d never let anyone tell me how or what to write.
The other book that changed my life was Lord Foul’s Bane, book one of The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant, by Stephen R. Donaldson. I didn’t realize it at the time, but I named my sons after the author and title character! When I realized that a few years ago, I was stunned. Apparently, it made a bigger impact on me than I realized!
Another book I love and think everyone should read is Fahrenheit 451, by Ray Bradbury. Incredible!