Michelle Graham was born in a small Midwestern town and has always been fascinated with Celtic, Egyptian and Greek mythology. She loves to incorporate those myths with a twist into her books. She also goes by the pen name Isabelle Stewart, taken after her Great Grandmother who traveled to America from Ireland.
Michelle has always had a love for art and has even been involved in teaching Free youth art classes and throwing shows to showcase their work. She never really gave writing a book a second thought until she challenged her brother to finish one of his stories. Turns out she ended up with a Fantasy trilogy, completed a Romantic Comedy novella and is now working on another Fantasy trilogy.
Besides an addiction to collecting mugs, love of coffee and video games she has been fighting cancer since February 2016 and is kicking some serious cancer booty. When she is not at work you can find her either writing, reading or streaming video games on Twitch.
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1. I’ve seen you cosplay quite a few characters on social media and unleash your creativity with colorful wigs and show-stopping make-up. Which was your favorite look through the years?
Thank you! I’ve loved all in their own way but I have to say my favorite is one I did last year, the Witcheress inspired by the Witcher 3 video game. My most meaningful cosplay was done last year also. One of my best friends passed away from cancer and I got one of her wigs. I used it for my Sith/Maul inspired cosplays. It was a very emotional face paint for me.
2. If you could wake up with a supernatural power tomorrow, what would it be?
I’ll go with my most recent thought. I would like to have the power to make any mechanical device as it was when it was new. (my car broke down recently)
3. An author’s mind never rests. What is the weirdest place you’ve had to write down new ideas that just popped into your head?
Nothing too odd, but one time in a client meeting where I work. I had to separate my book notes and notes from the meeting later in the day.
4. What do you read when you’re not writing?
A lot of books I read are recommended to me. I love to discover new authors that others have read and love. I’m always open to a variety of suggestions from Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Paranormal Romance and Classics.
5. How do you sort the titles in your library?
I sort by author for a quick find on my bookshelf and on my Kindle.
6. You draw inspiration from Celtic, Egyptian and Greek history. If you had a time machine and could travel to the past, would you prefer Ancient Greece or Ancient Egypt?
Ancient Egyptian art and hieroglyphs have been a fascination of mine since I was in Jr. High. I would doodle Egyptian art or hieroglyphs in my school book (much to my teacher's dismay, thank goodness it was in pencil) or notebook I had on hand. I would love to see in full color the art covered limestone walls, columns etc. And the statues fresh from the sculpture.
7. Authors are all about painting sceneries and setting up the mood through the power of words. If you had to limit yourself to a single word in the English language to describe yourself, which one would it be?
8. What was your most fundamental inspiration behind Celtic Storm?
The name of the book, Celtic Storm, was undecided on until the day I heard someone say “It’s the calm before the storm”. That certain phrase became part of the name of the second book in the series. It then made sense that Celtic Storm would be the third and final books name. Each book in the series has a painting inspired by them that I created. I first used them as the original covers until I had them redone to the ones I have on them now.
9. How do you take your coffee? If you don’t drink coffee, what’s your beverage of choice?
Black during the week and with creamer on the weekends.
Hi, I'm Amy and I'm addicted to caffeine, board games, mythology tales and my Korg keyboards. Oh, yeah, and I occasionally happen to write stories.