Meet Author Rockstar Michelle Zink


A few years ago at BEA, I picked up a preview copy of Michelle Zink's The Prophecy of the Sisters. It was maybe the first two or three chapters and I knew right away I needed the rest of the chapters, stat! I'd never heard of Michelle Zink or this book, but that little teaser was enough to drive me to Amazon to order the full book. I devoured it and quickly sought out more. That's how Michelle Zink became one of my rockstar authors.

The term rockstar has evolved somewhat to encompass anyone we admire or look up to, not necessarily someone who can lead a stadium in a chorus of a power ballad (but c'mon--how cool would that be?) but someone who inspires others on a scale large or small.


When I had the opportunity to interview Michelle for Fiktshun & Two Chicks on Books Authors are Rockstars blog tour, I felt simultaneously honored and exceptionally nervous. You see, I tend to get tongue-tied around writers I admire. Oh, in my head I have tons of witty and insightful quips or observations; but what ends up coming out of my mouth is, "ohmygoshIlovedyourbooks", followed by a quick bow of the head to hide the embarrassment blossoming on my cheeks. Needless to say, I wanted my interview questions for Michelle to be different, not something that I could find by perusing her FAQ page and I also thought it would be cool to have a theme.

I'm always interested in knowing what drives the people I admire and in knowing what people they admire. To that end, I came up with five rockstar questions for Michelle, to find out who her rockstars are. What struck me most about Michelle's responses were the honesty and the sense of humor that shone through, I hope you enjoy getting to know Michelle a little better, or getting to know her for the first time.

How do you define "rockstar"? 
For me, being a rockstar is about being unapologetically yourself. Rockstars live their way. They don't feel bad for being who they are. They don't APOLOGIZE for it. I'm 42, and I'm still working on all of that. But I think I'm closer than ever. ;)
Who is your author rockstar? 
That's a tough one! There are so many amazing writers out there, but I'd have to say that right now it's Karen Marie Moning. Her Fever series is so fun - perfectly paced with intriguing, three-dimensional characters, a dark, sexy atmosphere, and a plot that keeps you guessing in every good way through five entire books. It's not technically YA, but I was obsessed with it for two solid months. Other favorites include Ellen Hopkins, Tamora Pearce, Patrick Ness, Janet Fitch, Andre DeBus III, Sarah Waters, and Carlos Ruiz Zafon. 
Who is your fictional character rockstar? 
That would have to be Astrid from White Oleander by Janet Fitch. Astrid is broken in so many ways. She endures unbelievable mental, emotional, and physical hardship but somehow manages to find her way. Janet Fitch is such an incredible writer. She did such an amazing job creating Astrid that I still think of her as out there somewhere, creating art and living life. 
Who is your music rockstar? 
This is definitely Madonna. She's been criticized almost since she first stepped on stage -- too sexy, too shallow, too commercial, too gimmicky, etc., etc. - but she's continued to do it her way. She's brash, deep, funny, and sexy. She's a mother, a musician, a singer, and author, an actress, a filmmaker, a dancer. Some people would say she's not great at all those things. But she DOES them. She pisses people off, but she does it being herself. And you know what? That's all you can do. 
Who is your real-life rockstar? 
Every single person who takes themselves out of the anesthetized version of life most of us are living. It takes courage and resolve to seek something different. Actually, it  takes courage and resolve to do MORE than seek - to take action to fully experience our lives, to be fully engaged in them, to seek out new experiences and people, even when - especially when - it takes us out of our comfort zone. And yet, I believe that it's only through those kinds of experiences that the world will become a more peaceful, harmonious place. Ironic, isn't it, that seeking those kinds of personal opportunities for growth has the power to better the entire world? But if you think about it, all of the conflict and strife in the world can be traced back to individual unhappiness, greed, misunderstanding. If everyone got out and really tried to connect with the world and the people in it - ALL of them - I think our perspectives would be very different. For this reason, I encourage young people to do unconventional things. Travel to far-flung places. Volunteer. Strike up conversations with people from all walks of life. Try strange foods. Read. Watch offbeat movies. Look into the eyes of the people you speak with. Find a time and place to regularly appreciate nature. Really listen. 

Doesn't that last answer make you want to be a better person & challenge yourself each day? I can't thank Michelle enough for taking the time out to answer my questions. 

And now, lovelies, a giveaway! Because I want you all to know the awesomeness that is Michelle Zink's books, I'm giving away print or e-copies of Michelle's Prophecy of the Sisters series to one lucky reader. The usual rules apply--you must be over 13 and live in the US or Canada (sorry, guys). To enter, just follow the directions on the rafflecopter widget below.

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27 comments:

  1. First off I love, love, love what you had to say about Michelle Zink and for sharing your nervousness about interviewing an author you respect and admire.

    I've always felt authors were such rockstars, so amazing and unreachable and I'm tongue-tied around them because of that. So part of this tour was to connect authors with the bloggers that were wowed by them. And one of the reasons why we tried to make the best matches.

    And we are so glad to have matched you with Michelle as you asked some seriously amazing and original questions that resulted in such honest and thoughtful responses by your author.

    I loved that last question and answer too. Those people who step outside of the box and take chances and experience life to its fullest are total rockstars.

    Thank you so much for taking part in this tour. You've really made this stop on the tour awesome.

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  2. I loved this interview! I also liked the last and answer! I admire anyone who can be happy being themselves! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  3. I loved this interview! I also liked the last and answer! I admire anyone who can be happy being themselves! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  4. My author rock stars are Sherilyn Kenyon, Alison Goodman, and Kim Harrington. They inspire because of they're creativity and their writing. In Sherilyn Kenyon's Chronicles of Nick, there is humor and sarcasm that I have never experienced before in book. Alison Goodman's "Eon" couplet and Kim Harrington's "Clarity" series just spoke to me. I fell in love with them for no particular, describable reason. Thank you :]

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  5. I loved this interview! I also liked the last and answer! I admire anyone who can be happy being themselves! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  6. my author rockstar is jeri smith ready!! she is amazing so down to earth and absolutely loves her fans!! her books the shade trilogy have brought tons of fans together #teamkilt its amazing really!!! her writing is so amazing as well!! thanks for the giveaway!!! and your interview was super great!!

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  7. I love Stephanie Perkins! She's my author rockster - her stories are beautiful and meaningful, her characters quirky and flawed but oh so lovable,and she can write romance better than anyone:)

    But I have to say all authors are rockstars:)

    Thanks so much:)

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  8. Umm.. too many to list. I love Kiersten White because she is so funny. She doesn't care if she's short but likes to make fun about it. I am short so I love that about her. I also love her Paranormalcy Series.

    My other favorite author is Jocelyn Davies, author of A Beautiful Dark. She convinced me to show my writing to people.

    =Emilia

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  9. I think all authors are rockstars! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  10. Michelle Zink, Dan Waters are my Rockstars. I feel that they are not afraid to express themselves to their fans, and they are always reaching out. I admire both of them for being excellent writers, and also for being parents and living life their way. They really inspire me to be a better person, and to try and reach out to others. Espicialy Michelle I know what it's like to live with social anxiety and she still reaches out to people. She a good person, and so are her kids, and that makes me want to be a good person too.

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  11. I think all authors are rockstars because it takes guts to put their work out there. With that being said, my favorite rockstars are JLA, Cassandra Clare, Katie McGarry, Sarah Fine, and many many more!

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  12. All authors are my rockstars. They write such wonderful words that take us to new places.

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  13. Great interview! Michelle Zink's answer to the last question especially made me want to pick up one of her books :) Pity I can't enter the giveaway because I don't live in the US, but she's definitely on my authors-I-MUST-check-out-very-soon list now!

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  14. Jennifer Armentrout because she has the ability to implant you in a new world

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  15. AH-MAY-ZING!! That's what this interview was. You did a fantastic job with your questions and Michelle provided some equally fantastic answers.

    So happy to have you on board for the tour!

    -Patricia

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  16. Roald Dahl will always be my rockstar. I became obsessed with his books when I first read Charlie and The Chocolate Factory as a six/seven year old. Any writer who can get a seven year old to sit still for an hour to devour a story is doing something very right.

    Lilian @ A Novel Toybox

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  17. I've always had a liking for Speak. I felt like the book Speak the character was sort of me.I can also say Roald Dahl, his Matlida was my first chapter book.

    Michelle Zink
    Rolad Dahl
    Judy Blume
    Michael Scott
    Jodi Picoult
    these are just some authors that I <3 oh and who can forget J.K.Rowlings.

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  18. All authors are my rockstars because they pursue their dream of writing and make it happen. It's an inspiration to me as an aspiring author myself. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  19. Indie authors are super cool because they are doing it all themselves!!

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  20. I think most every author is a rockstar! I espescially respect the ones who totally spend time gushing about how much they love writing while at the same time offer encouragement and thoughts and tips on struggling! Seeing they aren't PERFECT writers is awesome and encouraging to us newbie writers! haha thanks!

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  21. JK Rowling because she wrote the most amazing series ever :)

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  22. I consider too many authors rockstars but a few are rachel vincent, megan curd, amanda hocking

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  23. I have many fans, but just a few are Veronica Roth, J.R. Ward, and Nora Jones.

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  24. I love Katie McGarry and Cassandra Clare. There books are so good. It hooks you in.

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  25. Gena Showalter because she writes funny and good stories.

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  26. Great interview! I think if I really had to narrow it down my two rock star authors would have to be Cassandra Clare and Sarah Rees Brennan. Both of them interact with their fans so much and are seemingly always available for questions or just a laugh. I think this makes me like them even more and shows what it is to be a true rock star!

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  27. Thanks for the great interview!! I can't think of just one author that's a rockstar! So many of the authors I read are amazing! They write great stories and any of the authors that are really good about interacting with their fans and showing that they care are pretty awesome : )

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