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Interview: M.Henningham PT 2

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‘She was tall and dark-skinned and looked like a Nigerian sculpture. She moved like a lioness, her every step bristling with suppressed violence.’

– Bonnie Greer OBE

Interview Cont’d.

17. Can you name one?
A. Soulless, Strawberry Sunset, Iron Dread, The Great Rocco, Yellowest Orange, Venus, Blackballed, The Chamber, Needles, Only 20, Law of Moses, Red Mountain, Insane Reality, Bait ‘n’ Switch, Patch, Twisted etc.

18. OK, wow! How do you manage to write so many?
A. I spend a lot of time in my imagination. When  I’m not listening to music, I love the magic of creating credible worlds.

19. Are they all copyrighted?
A. Absolutely!

15. Putting aside the scary stories, what is the best Michele Henningham story to begin with?
A. I’d say Muddy Love because it’s billed as a wicked comedy. I call it a cockney romp! Who doesn’t like a good laugh! Stephen King has a quote that goes: ‘When a good writer is having fun, the audience is almost always having fun too.’ Entertainment Weekly, August 17, 2007.

16. What is the best story you’ve written?
A. The story I’m working on at the time is always the best! But strangely, I felt quite emotional after finishing Soulless and Yellowest Orange.

17. What themes are found in the stories?
A. Evil overcoming good and vice versa, romance, self-destruction, desperation and greed. The human condition firing on all cylinders!

18. Do you mind if people dislike your writing?
A. Everyone has opinions and you know what they say about opinions? Also, Stephen King says: ‘Don’t worry about making other people happy. If you intend to write as truthfully as you can, your days as a member of polite society are numbered, anyway.

19. What is the worst review you’ve had?
A. I engaged a ‘social networking’ (claimed to have access to hundreds of reviewers etc) company to help get reviews and promote my work. A couple of months passed and I heard nothing. When I asked what was going on, they reassured me all would be well. But in the interim I’d managed to get some, so asked for a refund. 

A couple of reviews that followed – Re: Muddy Love – An American ‘author’ wrote that I needed education because I’d desecrated the English language, and that it was full of poop and fart… or words to that effect. An Italian guy wrote that he was learning English and I hadn’t taught him much… or something like that!

On a positive note, it’s all good!  My friend, Musa has a saying that goes,‘Mout Mek Fi Talk.’

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20. Where is that from?
A. It’s a Jamaican-ism… people are going to talk no matter what!

21. What is the best review you’ve received?
A. To be honest, I’ve had a few nice ones that I’m grateful for… and I didn’t do them myself or pay/blackmail anyone!

22. What story or stories would make the best movie adaptation/s?
A. P.I.G, Strawberry Sunset and The Chamber have been rewritten as screenplays. I’m working on adapting the others. That’s what my weeknights/weekends often look like!

23. Finally, what does Michele Henningham hope for the future?
A. To continue to grow as a writer, to improve, to keep sharing stories with the world, make people laugh, cry, feel something, ANYTHING! What else is there?! I love doing it!

24. OK, it’s a shame this interview is nearly over, but where can people read the rest of your stories?
A. I’ve got Soulless, Yellowest Orange and Muddy Love on Amazon at the moment.

As long as you have an Amazon account you can buy/download and read on smartphones. Oh, and check out the promotion. The other stories will be available once I address the marketing side of things.

25. OK, thanks, it has been very interesting interview. I wish you all very the best!
A. Thank you!

You're Hired

Check out more short stories:
Muddy Lovehttp://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B01BX70SB4
Soullesshttp://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B008MZN3L8
Yellowest Orangehttp://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00AW257H2


Interview: M. Henningham, author of Muddy Love. PT 1

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                                                     W I T H  M I C H E L E H E N N I N G H A M

‘What you’re doing isn’t about self-expression, it’s about obtaining dominion over the reader, about obtaining power on the page.’

– Gordon Lish

Good afternoon, I’m Quain and today I’m here interviewing published author and screenwriter, Michele Henningham. She writes great books filled with the perils of the human condition. Although one of her stories won a prestigious competition, Miss Henningham prefers to fly under the radar. But she does have a warped sense of humour that will leave you in fits of giggles! If you haven’t read anything by her yet, you’ve really missed out! I’m really honoured to interview you, Michele Henningham.

1. How did it feel to actually win a competition?
A. The validation felt great! Especially as it was playwright, author and critic, Bonnie Greer OBE who selected my story. Funnily enough, a year prior, I told a friend I’d meet her someday. Little did I know…

2. Oh, a bit psychic, are we?
A. Yes, sometimes I’ve got those skills, too…

3. So, what is your star sign?
A. I’m Pisces… with Scorpio rising…

4. Where were you born?
A. Huddersfield, Yorkshire… my parents are from Jamaica.

5. What are some of your favourite hobbies?

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A. I love reading, music – love lots of different genres but rare groove in particular. I gym 3-4 times a week, if not more. Determined to get that 10-pack down! Oh, I’ve got a thing about 8-ball Pool! I’m quite a good hustler!!

 

6. You mentioned reading. Who are some of your favourite authors?
A. It started in primary school with the wonderful Rosa Guy, then I found some Jackie Collins – The Stud etc. A bit later, I came across Stephen King and read e-v-e-r-y-t-h-i-n-g! That took me into James Herbert, Dean Koontz et al. I got into Toni Morrison, Terry McMillan, Iceberg Slim, Alice Walker, Zora Neale Hurston, Ralph Ellison, Richard Wright, Chinua Achebe, E. Lynn Harris, Marsha Hunt, Tobias Woolf, Doris Lessing and Charles Bukowski – just to name few! This’ll be followed up in a later post!

7. So what is your earliest memory of writing?
A. I typed this poem about daffodils when I was 8 years old. Don’t know if that counts. What do you think?

Daffodils Aged 8

Daffodils Aged 8

 

8. Typed, eh?
A. Yes, a one finger plink, plink, plink with black ribbon and all that jazz!

9. What makes you think you can write?
A. Well, reading others and lots of practise over the years. Also, relentless studying.

10. How long have you been writing stories?
A. Mmmm, for over 20 years now.

11. Have you done courses?
A. Yes, in the past and various workshops around London.

12. What was the first story you aired in public?
A. Soulless…

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13. How did you feel about it?
A. It’s ultra-risqué, but I read it at workshops in the UK and at Skyros in Greece. It was real quiet afterwards!!  

14. Why so? What is it about?
A. That’d be telling! I can’t give it away! You’ll have to read it to find out…

15. Why do people like to read Michele Henningham’s stories?
A. They like them because they see, hear and feel everything that’s going on. 

16. Where would I find the scariest passages in Michele Henningham’s stories?
A. Mmmm, it’s hard to say because scary is quite subjective, but I’d say they’re in a few.

17. Can you name one?
A. Soulless, Strawberry Sunset, Iron Dread, The Great Rocco, Yellowest Orange, Venus, Blackballed, The Chamber, Needles, Only 20, Law of Moses, Red Mountain, Insane Reality, Bait ‘n’ Switch, Patch, Twisted etc.

End of Part 1 of the interview.

Check out more stories:
Muddy Lovehttp://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B01BX70SB4
Soullesshttp://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B008MZN3L8
Yellowest Orangehttp://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00AW257H2