Thursday, October 31, 2013

{{Itching for Books Tours}} Blog Tour + Giveaway:[Interview] CATCH by MICHELLE D.ARGYLE

Title: Catch

Author: Michelle D. Argyle

Release date: September 20th 2013

Publisher: MDA Books

Purchase: Amazon

When eighteen-year-old Miranda chases a purse snatcher on the Las Vegas Strip, the last thing she expects is for the pursuit to turn into an extended game of hide-and-seek. All Miranda wants are the old black and white photographs buried at the bottom of her purse. They’re the only things she has left of the grandmother she never knew. But how much is she willing to put on the line to save them? And is it possible she’s falling in love with a thief?

When and why did you decide to be a  writer?
I’ve wanted to be a writer since I was ten years old. I loved to read so much, and wanted to read certain kinds of stories that I couldn’t find anywhere except in my head. I knew then that I wanted to write stories and share them with others.

What has been the toughest criticism given to you as an author? What has been the best compliment?
Every author I know has to accept that not everyone will love their work. I think coming to that realization has been the toughest sort of criticism for me. Another more specific example was when a lady in a book group held up my book and told me she was disappointed in me as a person and said “I could do better” and that she hated my book. Ouch! The best compliment has been when a reader told me my story literally changed her life.

Do you have any advice for other writers?
Yes! I have this on my website, as well. But I’ll share it here too. I’ve discovered only one thing matters when it comes to writing: keep writing. There’s only one way to get better, one way to get published, and one way to keep your career moving once you are published, and that is to keep writing no matter what gets in your way. Finish one book and write another, and another, and another. Get lots of feedback, and keep writing. Everything else is secondary.

How many drafts did you have to write for Catch ? Any scenes that were cut from the original that you want to share?
Catch went through four drafts before it was completely finished. That includes some major edits through my editor. I didn’t cut any scenes, but I did add a scene! And my editor had me cut an entire character, which I didn’t agree with at first and then realized she was right. That character added nothing to the story.

What inspired the idea for Catch?
Catch started out as a desire to write a short story about a girl who falls in love with an unlikely love interest. That’s not a big, new idea for me (I tend to do that a lot in my stories), but I always try to make the circumstances very unique. In this one, I knew I wanted Miranda to be far away from home, and decided she would be on vacation. At that point, I had the idea of her purse being stolen, and the thief would be someone with mystery and secrets behind him.

What was your favorite chapter (or part) to write in Catch and why?
My favorite part of Catch is when Miranda and Ollie (the purse thief) play a game to find out more about each other. What’s funny is that is the scene I added in a later draft. It wasn’t even part of the original!

What is your favorite snack/treat or drink while writing?
Good question! I really like trail mix, edamame, or chocolate. I usually just drink water, which I keep in a fancy stainless steel water bottle that won’t spill if I tip it over. I can be a bit of a klutz.

What are you currently reading?
I am about to start Until It Hurts to Stop by Jennifer Hubbard. She’s one of my all-time favorite authors. Next on my list is a manuscript of a friend’s, and then Just One Year by Gayle Forman.

Who is your fictional character crush?
Captain Wentworth from Persuasion by Jane Austen. Lucky for me, my husband is an actor and has actually played that character!

Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
Thank you for your interest in my work! I couldn’t keep writing as much as I do without your continued support.

** I wanted to give a quick Thank you to Michelle for visiting my blog today and for answering all my questions ! I loved reading all the answers! I hope all of my readers enjoyed it too! :) **


Michelle D. Argyle lives and writes in Utah, surrounded by the Rocky Mountains. She adores cheese, chocolate, sushi, and lots of ethnic food, and loves to read and write books in the time she grabs between her sword-wielding husband and energetic daughter. She believes a simple life is the best life. Michelle writes contemporary Young Adult and New Adult fiction (and other genres when she feels like it). 

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  1. Terrific interview! Thanks for participating :)

  2. This interview was so much fun, thanks! Thanks for participating. :)


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