MEET AUTHOR MICHELE WOLFE
The Three Graces is a story of discovery, of admitting to truths that have been buried, and of letting go of a past that hinders the present. It is a story about choices: life or death, fear or desire, dreams or drudgery.
Michele has done extensive research on the statue of The Graces, the sculptor, and Hearst Castle, which is the center piece in her book. She belongs to the Greater Los Angeles Writers’ Society and a Santa Barbara writing group and is also an English as a Second Language instructor with 25 years experience teaching. But her love above all else is spending time with her family and exploring the written word. She has also written a short fiction piece about an immigrant family living in Los Angeles.
Gliterary Girl wanted to get you more info on the author and her coming novel, so we sat down with Michele and dug a little deeper.
Thank you so much for taking some time to sit with us for the interview. We cannot wait to hear more about you and your upcoming book, The Three Graces.
GG: Beyond your bio, we want to know about you. All the nitty-gritty.
Michele: Okay, the nitty-gritty is: I am easy-going and flexible in most situations. I get my energy from being alone. I am a good listener. The most important people in my life are my two sons, my husband, my parents, my sisters and a few close friends. I love what and who I teach (English as a Second Language to Adults. I also love reading (I like women’s fiction, historical fiction, YA and a good love story), writing and traveling (I have been to 40 of the United States, Canada, Mexico, Central America, Greece, Italy, France, Spain, and Switzerland).
I like change, finding new ways of doing things, and being creative. I like it when people work together as a team to accomplish something. I am also stubborn and will try to find ways around something if I don’t like it.
I used to be obsessive about keeping my house clean but now I can go a whole week without picking up the broom or mop. Now I can live with imperfections without feeling stressed about changing it or doing it over. Sometimes I have the tendency to over think things.
I try to take care of myself, by exercising, getting mani-pedis, sitting in the Jacuzzi and sauna at the gym, those sorts of things because they help me de-stress and make me feel good.
GG: When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
Michele: I used to journal and write poetry when I was in my teens and as a young adult. But I did it because I loved it and it gave me a sense of satisfaction. I don’t think I considered myself a writer. It wasn’t until I became friends with a writer about fifteen years ago, who believed I had a story to share, that I took up writing.
GG: What drew you to write The Three Graces?
Michele: The inspiration for, The Three Graces, came from my own experiences and that of my girlfriends when in college and the years following. During that time in my life, I did a lot of soul searching, trying to figure out who I really was, who I wanted to be. I decided I wanted to share the hard lessons learned and the wisdom I gained with other young women out there.
GG: Of all your characters, who’s your favorite, and why?
Michele: I started out with Jessie as the main character. I really loved her spirit. As I continued to write, and Isabel and Sara emerged, I grew to love them too. I lived with them in my head day in and day out so I feel they are a part of me. Of course the ones who started it all were Brilliance, Joy and Bloom. I saw them for the first time on a trip with two girlfriends to Hearst Castle in my own college days.
GG: What would you love to write someday but haven’t yet?
Michele: I would love to write a historical fiction piece or a murder mystery.
GG: Were books a big part of your life growing up? If so, what books would you say influenced you most as a child?
Michele: My sisters loved to help my mom cook when we were growing up, but not me. I would curl up on the sofa and bury myself in a good book, which in my opinion was a better choice. Of course then I was the one left doing the dishes! But it was always worth it.
I don’t think there was one book or author that was a great influence. I was drawn to and still am stories with a strong female protagonist.
GG: What are two things people might be surprised to know about you?
Michele: My son tells me people know me because I am open and honest. Which was nice to hear.
If a person doesn’t know me well, he or she would probably be surprised to hear that the year I met my husband, I lived with and worked with the homeless in downtown Los Angeles. I lived in a house that took in anyone who was down on their luck or needed a safe place to stay for the night. I worked daily in a soup kitchen, learning how to make soup in those huge stainless steel pots. My husband came to the soup kitchen to volunteer and that’s how we met. Once or twice I spent the night on skid row helping a couple of homeless women who were caught up in drugs and prostitution.
GG: When you’re not writing, what do you enjoy doing?
Michele: I love reading! I also enjoy walking in the park with my husband and our dog, Sofie. I like trying new places to eat with my husband and our friends. I really enjoy traveling and going to museums and wine tasting. The absolute best, though, is just being a mother. I love watching my sons as they grow and do new and wonderful things in their lives. I love talking with them about anything and everything.
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