February has brought us a bumper crop of interviews! Today we’re taking a look at WriteOnline’s two-part interview with Michelle Edwards, author of the upcoming Go Away Birds.
Part 1 of the interview talks about Michelle’s writing process – finding a publisher, life as a writer, and most of all how she puts words onto (virtual) paper. We especially love her insights into the privilege of being able to set aside time to write. Find part one here.
Part 2 of the interview covers the themes of both Go Away Birds and Michelle’s manuscript-in-progress. Michelle talks about the impact of place on her writing, pushing her characters to their limits, and the quiet interest of the everyday. Find part two here.
Go Away Birds will be published in March 2021. You can pre-order the book here.
Skye is looking for normal. She grew up different and it rankles. Home isn’t normal; her mom isn’t normal. Her brother, beloved as he is, isn’t quite normal, either. Her marriage was kind of normal (Cam is a wealthy, handsome man who’s nice enough) and now it’s a dumpster fire. And look at South Africa—entirely NOT normal.
She’s got PTSD and she’s in mourning. She doesn’t know who she is or what she wants.
She tries to anchor herself to tangible things: to her cooking, to her neighbour’s children, to sex. But as she relives her past and tries to plan her future, she feels increasingly dislocated. Skye escapes when things get overwhelming, and realises almost too late that she’s about to make everything worse.