I am happy to share with you a guest post by the wonderful Author Michelle D. Argyle, who just released her latest thriller Streets of Glass. In this frank and personal talk, Michelle shares how writing can heal, either your past wounds or what you are currently experiencing. As an advocate for journaling, I am very much in agreeance with her on all points.
Also, don’t forget to check out her new novel, and enter the Giveaway at the end of the post for your chance to win copies of her books.
HOW WRITING A NOVEL CAN HELP YOU HEAL BY MICHELLE D. ARGYLE
I first started writing STREETS OF GLASS, I had no idea the journey I was about to take. The novel was a normal project, but my life was about to become not-so-normal. As I was workshopping the book with my writing group (a 9-month process), I learned something that turned my world upside down. I was betrayed by someone very close to me, and suddenly every priority in my life shifted into a different place. I no longer trusted anybody. I didn’t even trust myself. Lies and deceit became a very real thing. Interestingly enough, here I was working on a book about just that!
I think one of the most interesting things about writing is what authors end up pouring into their work subconsciously. I don’t know if I really knew what was about to happen in my life as I was drafting the book, but as I worked on revisions and edits after the big change in my life, I realized how deeply I value truth and honesty and those people in my life I can count on for anything and everything.
My main character, Starry, is me in a lot of ways. She might not be the person I want to be. She’s kind of horrible, actually, but she shares a common value with me, and that’s honesty. One of my favorite quotes in the book is this:
“Nothing was more important to her than trust and loyalty. The syndicate was a world thick with secrets and lies and deceit, but those things could not be allowed to taint personal relationships.”
And it’s true in every facet of our lives, I think. Trust and loyalty mean everything in our quiet, personal lives. Without those, how can we be with anyone?
Looking back now, I realize how much writing STREETS OF GLASS has healed me. It helped me sort through a lot of the emotions I’ve had to deal with. I’m still learning how to face those who have hurt me, but writing is something that has truly saved my life in more ways than one.
Streets Of Glass is available on Amazon now!
Q: What made you want to write a book about a drug syndicate?
A: I’ve never been involved in any sort of drug world, so that’s a good question. I’m a good girl, like my main character, Emma. I guess you could say I never planned to write about a drug syndicate. What I planned was to write one really good sister and one really bad sister. The bad sister, unsurprisingly, was raised by a drug lord. Voila! A drug syndicate was born.
Q: How many books have you written?
A: I have written 8 complete novels, 5 novellas, and one short story collection. All of those titles have been published except two. I’m currently working on my 9th novel and have two more in the planning stages. I’ve been writing since I was 10 years old.
Q: What else do you do besides write?
A: I’m a mom to one wild little 10 year old. I work as a manager at American Eagle Outfitters, and I also do design work like book covers and promotional material.How Writing A Novel Can Help You Heal by Michelle D. Argyle + Q & A Click To Tweet
Q: Out of all the characters you’ve written, which one is most like you?
A: I’d have to say Avery Hollister from my contemporary romance novel IF I FORGET YOU. I am extremely forgetful, and it’s a constant embarrassment in my life. Writing Avery was very therapeutic. It was difficult to put her out there into the world, but I’m a better person for it.
Q: What is one of the most interesting things you had to research for STREETS OF GLASS?
A: I’d have to say strip clubs. My main character, Starry, is dating the manager of a strip club, and there are many scenes that happen in the building. I had to know how night clubs like that are managed, what happens behind the scenes, so to speak, and all sorts of little details to really make that world come alive. One of the weirdest things I learned is from an interview I read online, where somebody asked what the dancing poles smell like. The answer? They smell like rubbing alcohol because they are constantly wiped down so they aren’t too slippery. Needless to say, I didn’t put that detail in the book.
Two sisters. One drug syndicate. An epic battle to the top.
Eighteen year-old Starry is destined to take over her father’s powerful drug syndicate. But when she finds out he has kept her only sister a secret from her, she can’t trust him anymore. Furious, Starry vows to find Emma, even though she knows her defiance could lead to losing the position she’s worked so hard to inherit.
But Emma isn’t quite the sister Starry hoped for. She’s a straight-laced good girl who wants nothing more than to take down the syndicate that destroyed her family. Starry, willing to do anything to secure her place in the syndicate, accepts her father’s ultimatum to kill Emma and everyone helping her. But the more Starry gets to know Emma, and the more secrets she uncovers, the more she questions whether the price of saving the syndicate is too high—even for someone as cold-blooded and vicious as Starry.