Sunday, April 11, 2021

Michelle Venn - Author interview


Michelle Venn


F*ck You, Love Olly x

Available on Amazon 19th of May

Author website is

Tell your readers a little about yourself, where you grew up, where you live now, where you went to school etc. Let them get to know the personal you.

I always find this hard! Uh, I am an artist, writer and Illustrator living in Bath, Somerset, UK. I've been married for almost 12 years and we have three little girls. I only started writing in 2012 and it's quickly become one of my favourite things in the whole world! Second only to music, I live for live music, I've missed it so much over the last year.


What inspired you to author this book?


Actually nothing. This is my 5th novel and I've found that the best books come out of nowhere, with no intention, no plan and no idea where the story will go and that's exactly how this book came about. It was entirely out of my unconscious thought.

Late one night led in bed I wrote 'Firstly, let me introduce myself, I don't think we've met' into the writing app on my phone. I have no idea why I wrote it, or where it came from but every night I went back to it and wrote a little more, completely off the top of my head, I wrote every night for a year and this book came out of that.


Where did you get the inspiration for your book’s cover?


Again, it just kind of came out of nowhere, I was a graphic designer for about 14 years so I have some photoshop experience, I was just messing about with photoshop and putting images and colours together and I just thought 'that's it!' I think I wanted something different to past book covers because previously all the novels I have written have been an ongoing series, but this was something completely new and stand alone and although I like to stick to my branding I felt like it needed to be different in some way.


Who has been the most significant influence on you personally and as a writer?


Musicians, I love music so much, its in my head 24/7, I'm always listening to music no matter what I'm doing, or I'm singing! (badly!) Musicians, songs or music from various stages of my life always creep into my writing.

I was listening to a lot of Banners music whilst writing this, Jesse's bright blue eyes were definitely Banners inspired.


What were your struggles or obstacles you had to overcome to get this book written?


This one was kind of easy to be honest, the more planning the more difficult it gets. Hardest part is always forcing myself to edit, that's the boring part.


Tell your readers about your book.


So this book is completely different to anything I have written before, it's written in the first person which I've never done before and occasionally changes between the POV and who is telling the story.


It's also a story where the narrator is re-telling a story from 17 years ago from her now, 37 year old perspective so it starts and ends at present day but the main body of the book tells a story from 2002/3

I'm not sure whether I should describe it as a romance book or a comedy, a rom-com I guess! It's definitely the funniest book I've ever written, and I laughed out loud so many times writing it. I love comedy and it was nice to put more of my own personality into this one.



Who is your target audience, and why?


I guess it's aimed at adult women, 18-45, there's a lot of strong language but it's also quite light hearted.


What do you consider your greatest success in life?


This is tough. I've done a lot of things I'm proud of but I've never really done anything I consider a success. I really don't know.


What one unique thing sets you apart from other writers in your genre?


I would say that the way I write this book is just completely uncensored and I don't mean that in a sexual way, its not THAT kind of book but I think I just felt free to write exactly who I wanted to write, flaws and all and I think that makes this book really relatable, I'm sure everyone will find something relatable in Olly.

I'm self-publishing this one which made me feel like I could write exactly what I always wanted to, there was no restriction from publishers and I knew I wasn't going to have to change a load of stuff on advice from an editor so this one felt authentically me.