Pump Up Your Book Chats with Michelle Richardson

Michelle Richardson Michelle Richardson, born in Brooklyn, New York, now lives in Long Island with her husband, their two crazy kids and a prissy powder puff pomeranian named Madison. A wife, mother, daughter, sister, friend, writer, life coach and marketing director, the roles of her life provided the inspiration behind this work, but none more so than those of wife, mother, sister and friend. Richardson is currently writing the sequel to It’s Simple.

Visit her online at www.michellerichardson.co or visit her at Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/#!/ItsSimpleMR or Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/ItsSimpleMR.

About It’s Simple

It's Simple The general consensus is that relationships are easy to start but challenging to maintain. Although we may not think so, our choices ultimately determine the types of relationships we have. It’s truly funny how after we’ve contributed to the chaotic state of the relationship, we hire therapists to fix us, to tell us it’s not our fault when it typically is. The truth? Therapists don’t fix us; they provide tools that guide us. Ultimately, we find the solutions ourselves and, for the most part, we really need to forget what we’ve heard. Relationships can be complicated, littered with challenges and that preventable thing called drama. Just ask Tia and Chase.

They met as teenagers. Upon graduation from college, things got complicated. Chase was drafted to the Los Angeles Lakers; Tia was offered a position in the Obama administration. Despite the geographical distance, Tia and Chase stayed together.

But how easy is it to make love last? It’s simple-if we can be honest, forgiving, and patient with each other. Here’s a unique look at a progressive couple and how their choices impact their journey; providing a truthful and sometimes painful look at real life scenarios and how two fiercely driven and stubborn lovers choose to handle them. Experience life from a different perspective.

Thank you so much for this interview, Michelle.  Your book, It’s Simple, has been getting great reviews.  How did you come up with the idea to write your book?

Michelle: That’s a rather long story, Dorothy, but I’ll spare you the details and give you the abbreviated version. The idea to write It’s Simple came to me about five years ago when my husband was in the hospital for almost a month. I recall being frustrated with how relationships were portrayed in television dramas, books and movies. In a quiet moment, I asked a question and in the next, I received an answer. My question was, “What happened to love stories?” The answer, “It’s time for you to write it.” I listened and put pen to paper almost immediately.

Your hero and heroine are in what you call a “progressive relationship.”  What exactly is that?

Michelle:  They understand there’s work involved in maintaining a successful relationship and they intend to make their relationship work despite being on opposite coasts.

How did they meet?

Michelle: Chase and Tia were high school sweethearts.

They eventually had to go separate ways yet they still kept their relationship going despite the geographical distances.  How did they keep their love alive?

Michelle: These characters share a connection, a bond. Their relationship progressed from a friendship to something more over time. That friendship is the foundation of their relationship and the key.

What kind of “tests” did each have to endure to prove that their love was still alive?

Michelle: Separation throughout their college years and beyond. Carving out time to still be an active participant in their relationship. There’s more. The “tests” never really stop coming, do they?

Turn to page 69, what is happening?

Michelle: An important decision is made.

How long did it take you to write this book and how did you find a publisher for it?

Michelle: It took about 11 months to pen it and a few more months to edit it before tossing it over to my editor for her touches. Originally, I had every intention of proceeding with conventional means of publishing, even submitted a few queries, but it didn’t feel right. In typical Michelle fashion, I was being in led in one direction and resisted by going in the other. The moment I decided to align my intentions to the splinter in my mind and self-publish, I was at peace and knew it was the right decision.

Is there a sequel?

Michelle: I consider It’s Simple to be the first book in the Experience Life from a Different Perspective series. The next book, Never Said It Was Easy, is a continuation of It’s Simple. I must share that I’m loving Never Said It Was Easy more than It’s Simple and I love It’s Simple. So that alone speaks volumes.

If you had to give one tip to writers who would love to be an author one day, what would that be?

Michelle: No matter who asks this question, my answer is the same. Write a book that you would read multiple times over. Write it for you. I never intended It’s Simple to be published, but its content touched another heart just as deeply as it had mine.

Thank you so much for this interview, Michelle.  Do you have any final words?

Michelle: Thank you for having me and as always, Dorothy, it’s been pleasure chatting with you.