MICHELLE SEDAS is the author of the best-selling book Welcome The Rain and coauthor of The Power of 10%. She is the editor of twenty-two books, including WALK the TALK gift book and 212°the extra degree gift book. As Host of WalkTheTalk.com’s Inspired Living Café, Michelle writes on themes intended to stretch your mind, gladden your heart, and nourish your soul! She also writes a blog for Women Out West Magazine titled Loving Life Out West. Michelle graduated from Texas A&M University in 1999. She is a member of Mensa International and Toastmasters International and lives in Texas with her husband and two children.
1. Tell us about your latest book. My latest book is The Power of 10%: How Small Changes Can Make a Big Difference. Contained within The Power of 10% you’ll find inspiration to go after your dreams, whether through the ideas and examples we’ve written, or through stories of others who have made great strides with respect to improving themselves, their organizations, or society as a whole. Often, the original ideas were quite small yet, over time, the power of 10% allowed mighty transformations to take place.
2. How did you get started as a writer?
As a child I always dreamed of becoming a writer, but I chose finance as my major in college. Finally, in 2002, my heart pulled me back to my childhood dream and I began working part-time at a publishing company: The WALK THE TALK Company. I began editing their books and in 2005, started writing my first book: Welcome The Rain.
3. What does a typical day look like for you? My schedule is wonderful. Three mornings a week, I work in the office at The WALK THE TALK Company. The other two mornings, I write from home or from other outside locations, like the café at Barnes and Noble. I pick the kids up after work and we usually go to the gym. Then, off to the park, or swimming, or playing at home. My husband travels often, so juggling my mother-wife-writer-office worker hats does take creativity.
4. Describe your workspace.
My workspace usually has all kinds of unneeded items piled around. I’d like to say that it’s because I’m “creative,” but I really think it just means I’m “messy.” My favorite places to write, though, are outdoor cafes, out in the country, out by the pool…basically “out” somewhere. I love to hear those birds sing and feel the breeze as I write.
5. Favorite books (especially for writers). My very favorite is Marisa de los Santos’ Love Walked In. She’s such a poetic writer and I’m swept away by her words. I also love Nicholas Sparks’ Three Weeks With my Brother. I’m a fan of all of his books, but I especially enjoyed learning about his real life in that one. Then there’s Mary Higgins Clark. I’ve read all of her books. Isabel Allende’s are also great. And….well, there are just so many! I’ll move on to the next question!
6. Tell us 3 interesting/crazy things about you:
- I use the variant grey rather than gray as a tribute to Grey’s Anatomy.
- I changed my major five times in college, finally settling with Finance my senior year.
- My first major was Engineering and I chose “Mechanical” Engineering since it began with “the letter M–for Michelle.”
7. Favorite quote
“Everything can be taken from a man but …the last of the human freedoms—to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.” Viktor Frankl
8. Best and worst part of being a writer
I’d say the best part of being a writer is being able to use my creativity. I enjoy the outlet for self-expression and doing what makes my heart feel right.
I’d say the worst part for me is the fear that people will not like what they read. But, I imagine many artists struggle with worrying about what the public will think of their labors of love.
9. Advice for other writers
Continue to study your craft and read, read, read.
10. Tell us a story about your writing experience.
I’ve dealt with depression off and on for twenty years and, over time, I’ve realized that I’m at my best when I make meaningful work a part of my life. Writing is a major way for me to do this. It is my hope that others will find inspiration through my story.
Where can people buy your books?