‘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
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?
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.’
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!