Welcome to another Book Squirrel Author Interview!
Today I’m speaking with Micayla Lally, author of ‘A Work of Art’.
Hi, Book Squirrel! Lovely to meet you!
What inspired you to write?
I have always been a writer – grabbing spare dot-matrix computer paper from the box to write stories during recess in elementary school. But I finally got serious for NaNoWriMo 2015 and have completed 5 novels since then, including publishing my debut in May this year.
So ‘A Work of Art’ is the first one published?
What’s your favourite thing that you have written?
I tend to like each recent story better than the last, perhaps because I have learned more since writing the last one. Right now I’m editing something to send to an agent and I really love the ending, so it would have to be that one. It’s called ‘Flirting With Disaster’.
What’s your favourite thing that someone else has written?
There are too many to name! But my recent favourite is The Hating Game by Sally Thorne, and then a list of Stephen King books that would go on forever,
What’s the best book you’ve read this year?
*consults Goodreads* I’ve read a bunch of fantastic books this year, but recent highlights are Girl In Between by Anna Daniels and The Radleys by Matt Haig.
What are you working on writing now?
My work in progress doesn’t have a title save for the character’s names – Sebastian and Isolde. It’s a story about finding love in the midst of emotional chaos. He’s a player who has to grow up and she’s returned to work after pregnancy loss and depression.
What’s the best vacation you’ve had?
Our vacations tend to be a bit fraught since we have 3 energetic boys and stuff just happens, you know? Our most recent vacation was to Scotland where our luggage was lost by the airline for 5 days, but luckily I had our clothes in the carry-on because we were renewing our vows at Gretna Green!
What is your pet hate? Have you ever built it into a character or used it in your writing?
I’m starting to feel old and crotchety so I do have some pet hates, but it seems to be small personal things that other people do. I am writing them into a character that I have a feeling will teach the other main character a lesson about love and patience, but it’s still an idea at this stage.
What movie can you watch over and over again?
The Lake House with Keanu Reeves and Sandra Bullock, but probably anything with Keanu Reeves.
When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
A housewife, a teacher, a secretary, a writer. I’ve been lucky enough to do all of those things.
What’s your favourite season? Why?
To be honest, I love them all and love that I can experience them all in Oregon, USA, the seasons are so full here, though this summer and been super hot and it seemed to drag on forever. Autumn might by my least fave because of all the pumpkin spice stuff everywhere, but on the other hand – sweaters!
Name two things in life that you wish were easier.
Making time for everything and eating as much as I want.
Are you willing to give us a teaser about your book?
When Julene returns from a whirlwind trip overseas discovering art and professional passions, she quickly learns the love she shared with her ex Samson never quite waned — but can she trust him again?
Don’t trust him, Julene! Don’t do it!
I’m not sure that helped, Squirrel…
She can’t say I didn’t try.
Where can we get a copy of ‘A Work Of Art’?
Readers can order my book in most local bookstores, but it’s also available online at:
Barnes & Noble
Where can readers stalk… I mean, follow you on social media?
I’m on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
Readers can also check out my website at www.micaylalally.net
Thanks for joining me today, Micayla!
Thanks for having me, Book Squirrel!