Michelle Warren is the author of Wander Dust, the first book in The Seraphina Parrish Trilogy. She didn’t travel the road to writer immediately. First, she spent over a decade as professional illustrator and designer. Her artistic creativity combined with her love of science fiction, paranormal, and fantasy led her to write her first YA novel. Michelle loves reading and traveling to places that inspire her to create. She resides in Maryland, in a historic Baltimore row-home, with her wonderful husband.The cover for Wander Dust is absolutely gorgeous and eye-catching. Did you come up with the design or have a great deal of input in its creation?
Thank you! Yes, I’m a full-time designer and illustrator, so I designed the cover, book trailer, and all the marketing materials for Wander Dust.
Wow, you've done a spectacular job!
Wander Dust is science fiction based story with quite a bit of magical elements. I guess you could call it sci-fantasy. There are fantastic underground lairs, statues that come to life, machines that see the past, machines that steal your dreams, and land that folds over people and catapults them through wormholes. There is quite a lot of imagery to enjoy, wound around an exciting story.
These are just a few of the many reasons people need to read this bookl!
Writing a novel was never in my life plan. As a child, I rarely ever read without a fight. I have dyslexia and struggled with reading all of my child and teen years. It wasn’t until after college that I discovered that I loved reading.
Fast forward thirteen years and a thousand novels later, I saw an interview with an author. She mentioned that to escape her everyday world, she would make up stories in her head. This idea fascinated me. I’m sure this is no breakthrough to a writer, but it seemed like a fun idea, a new way to release my creativity. I started playing with some story ideas in my mind. I never intended to do anything but keep them in my head. Occasionally, I would sketch the scenes in a notebook. I did this for almost a year. Not long after, the recession hit my home. With the new stress, I found myself needing even more of an escape, so I started writing. When I wrote, I acted the characters out, sketched the surroundings, and used photos of my previous travels as inspiration.
Even then, I did not consider publishing. My sister, Tabitha, read the book and loved it. She spent almost a year convincing me to publish.
Yay for encouraging siblings!
Well, I think I should let the readers discover him. I will just say that when you finally get to know the Stalker and the reason for his strange behavior, he becomes very swoon-worthy.
I hope this makes everyone want to run out and read Wander Dust asap :)
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