Interview with Michelle Davidson Argyle
Let’s start with some icebreakers:
Favorite television show while growing up?
The cartoon Batman series
Biggest pet peeve?
Snoring and the sound of people eating when they are loud eaters (shudder). Gum is the worst.
Getting distracted easily
Favorite book of all time?
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Now let’s get down to business:
How long did it take you to write The Breakaway?
Seventeen years! No, really, that’s how long it as been around. The first time I wrote it, however, it took about a year. During the next sixteen years, I worked on it off-and-on. Total time I worked on it, I’d say about three years.
On your blog you mentioned that you might be willing to write a short story following The Breakaway. If this does happen, do you think that readers will get to see Naomi confront her kidnappers?
Yes, I do plan on Naomi confronting her kidnappers in the short story sequel.
Have you considered a name for the potential short story?
Yes, it is currently titled Pieces (that may change). I plan for it to be a long short story or novella.
What do you want to say to females who find themselves in abusive relationships?
Never, ever, give up, and know there is always hope and always a way out. Recognize and research abuse and the effects of abuse and learn how to ask for help.
While writing the book you must have felt as if you were with Naomi during her captivity. Were there ever moments where it became too difficult to write?
Yes, The Breakaway was a difficult journey at times. Karen, Naomi’s mother, was the hardest for me to write because I relate to her in many ways, which scared me to death a few times. The book is very personal to me even though I have never been in an abusive relationship, or kidnapped. Naomi’s journey of finding strength and happiness within herself hits home for me – especially when I realized that being strong doesn’t always mean kicking butt.
If it came down to it, do you think that Eric really would have killed Naomi?
Yes, I think if pushed hard enough, he would have.
What are you currently working on?
I am currently working on a young adult novel titled A Curse So Deep. The book is based on the Celtic selkie myths (half-seals/half-humans) and takes place in 17th century America and Scotland. You can read more about it on my author site: michelledavidsonargyle.com
What is currently in your To-Be-Read pile?
So many books! The closest are Wanderlove by Kirsten Hubbard and Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel García Márquez. Looks like I’m in a “love” streak!