What is your name?
Tell me something about yourself:
I have a B.A. from Howard University and MLS from the University of Maryland. I worked as Head of the twenty-six branches of District of Columbia Library for a number of years. Now, I am an author of two contemporary spirituality/Christian fiction titles: Life is Never as Its Seems (2005) and It’s Not Over Yet (2007) published by Genesis Press. I am also an intuitive numerologist. I can actually look at a person’s name and birth date and tell you many things about their personality and destiny. This gift has allowed me to help many individual in their spiritual growth through my writing.
What is your profession?
I am a full time writer, intuitive numerologist, and Chios Master Teacher and Healer.
What are your goals for your writing career?
I am writing the third book in the Lindy Lee trilogy. I also write metaphysical non-fiction books. I self-published through iUniverse.com in 2000, Path to Truth: a Spiritual Guide to Higher Consciousness. This book provides an awareness and understanding of the seven spiritual laws and mysteries of the universe and how these teachings are applicable in today’s world. Readers can download the ebook version of Path to Truth at www.jjmichael.org. I also plan to do another ebook on the Law of Mind.
Who are some of your favorite authors?
I do a lot of research and read a lot of non-fiction books. Some of my favorite authors in this category are Gregg Braden, Elizabeth Gilbert, Drunvalo Melchizedek, the Oracle, and Osho. My favorite fiction writers are Bebe Moore Campbell, Sidney Shelton, Octavia Butler, Dan Brown, Francis Ray, Walter Mosley, Tananarive Due and James Patterson.
How long have you been writing?
I always wanted to be a writer. I remember writing my first story at the age of nine and sending it off to publishing houses. As I read books such as the Celestine Prophecy and the Alchemist, I knew that I wanted to write book that promote conscious awakening and spiritual empowerment. As I mentioned, I self-published my first book in 2000. However, I did technical writing for my job.
What are some of your favorite books?
I love the Da Vinci Code, Celestine Prophecy, the Alchemist, The Truth, Eat, Pray, Love, Living Blood, and Parable of the Sower.
What genre do you like reading the most?
I love reading metaphysical, spirituality, religious, science fiction, and contemporary fiction.
Tell us something about your most recent book?What inspired you to write your most recent book?
My first fiction book, Life is Never as It Seems, tells the story of a young woman, Lindy Lee, coming of age in 1967, as she transforms through the complexities of love, spirituality and religion. The free-standing sequel, It’s Not Over Yet, (July 2007), takes place in the late seventies and Lindy Lee must choose either her family and their traditional religious beliefs or her new spiritual beliefs and the man she loves.
What inspired you to write your most recent book?
Life is Never as It Seems ends in a cliff-hanger. I received lots of mail from my readers wanting to know what happens to the characters in the book. Of course, I couldn’t leave my readings hanging out there!
After readers have read your book, what do you want them to walk away with?
Most of my readers have told me that even though my books are fiction, they find themselves underlining much of the information dealing with metaphysics. I want to promote self growth and self-realization.
Who published your most recent book? What was it like working with them?
Genesis-Press published by two fiction books and they are releasing Life is Never as It Seems in mass market paperback in March 2008. I have learned a great deal from both self-publishing and traditional publishing.
Do you have a specific target audience for your most recent book?
My books are for everyone. Since my first book, I do have people who follow my writing.
Who designed your cover?
Chris Ester (www.dibolmi.com) the artist for Genesis Press.
Is there any advice that you can offer for new or emerging authors?
Yes, write, write and write. Believe in yourself and your writing. Learn everything you can about the publishing and writing fields.
Do you have any projects that you are working on?
I am still promoting my books and as I previously mentioned, I am writing the third book in the series and a non-fiction book.
Where can the readers find more about you and your work or projects?
The readers can go to my website: www.jjmichael.org or visit me on myspace.com/jj_michael_author. They can sign up for my newsletter on either website.
Where can interested prospective readers purchase your books?
They can purchase them at all major bookstores, Genesis-Press, Karibu Bookstores, and online at Amazon.com, B&N. com. They can also download my ebook, Path to Truth, at http://www.jjmichael.org
Thank you and many blessings to you and your readers.