Today on Kylie Hunt- The Film Director’s Wife blog, I am spotlighting Author Michaela Bush.
Michaela Bush is an independent writer of Christian fiction. She graduated from Clarion University of Pennsylvania in 2019 with a degree in English and minor in Psychology.
She enjoys spending time with her family and friends, and when she isn’t writing, freelancing, or building her own editing business, she’s out with her horses or playing violin.
Writing has been her calling from an early age and she hopes to touch lives and inspire readers with clean, thoughtful, and impactful novels.
Check-out Michaela’s interview below!
Kylie: What would you say was your biggest inspiration for becoming a writer?
Michaela: Ever since I was little, I was fascinated with storytelling, and by the time I was six, I decided I would become a writer. My mother reading bedtime stories to me every night definitely deepened my appreciation for a good story and the themes that can be learned from books. I think that’s part of my inspiration — that someone can be so affected by words that you’ve written.
Kylie: If you had to include one book in your yearly to be read pile for the rest of your life, which one would you pick and why would that be your choice?
Michaela: Ooh, this is a tough one. Does this include books of a series that are combined into one large volume, thereby *technically* being contained in one single book? *sheepish grin* Because I’d have to either choose the single-volume entirety of The Lord of the Rings or The Hunger Games. I know those are wildly different genres, but much can be gleaned from between the covers of those books — and I can’t choose just one out of either trilogy!
Kylie: What are some hobbies you enjoy outside of writing?
Michaela: I enjoy riding horses, sketching, playing violin, and reading! And if there’s a Star Wars or Marvel movie marathon going on, I’ll probably be watching it.
Kylie: How would you say you try to incorporate your faith into your books?
Michaela: I always try to incorporate some element of my faith in my books. God has blessed me with an ability with the written word, so I always try to point my work back toward Him. A lot of prayer goes into each project, and I try to let go of my own plans for the book if I feel that God’s guiding it in a different direction. That happens a lot! Especially with The Lady of Lanaria, I found myself extremely propelled toward the themes of light overcoming darkness. When I began writing it, I didn’t know how relevant that theme would become as the book became available to readers. Oftentimes, I’m learning more about God whenever I’m writing, and that’s one aspect that I enjoy about writing. I can’t do it without His guidance, and it really gives me a perspective switch when I’ve been stubbornly trying to go my own direction.
Kylie: I read The Lady of Lanaria in 2020 and it was so wonderful, in my top 5 books for the year in fact – what was it like writing that book? Can we look forward to more fairytale inspired retellings by you in the future?
Michaela: First of all, it’s such an honor to hear that this book was one of your top 5 for 2020 – thank you so much! And to answer your question…I absolutely love fairytales and retellings, so it’s definitely within the realm of reason to expect more fairytale retellings from me in the future. In fact, I may or may not have an idea in the works which is centered around Horace, one of the secondary characters from The Lady of Lanaria…so stay tuned.
Kylie: Do you have any upcoming projects or books we can be watching for?
Michaela: I have several ideas in the works over a variety of genres — contemporary, romance, sci-fi, some historical, and maybe fantasy…but I’m sadly still in the very early planning stages for all of them and don’t have a lot of info to share yet!
Kylie: Where can readers connect with you?
My blog: https://tangledupinwriting.com
Kylie: Thank you for taking time to share a little bit more about you with the readers, I cannot wait to see what the Lord has planned for you and your writing in the future!
Michaela: Thank you so very much for having me!