Andrea Michaels, an international event producer, is the President/Founder of Extraordinary Events and winner of 50 Special Event Gala Awards. A leading pioneer in the event production industry, she has established the trends, including paving the way for others to work internationally. She is the first inductee into the Special Event Industry Hall of Fame and a winner of both the SITE Crystal and MPI Global Paragon Awards. All of these are for impeccable and innovative meetings and events. Prominent events include the openings of Las Vegas’ Venetian Hotel and Town Square, Lumiere Place in St. Louis and G.M. Place in Vancouver, and international road shows for The Hong Kong Tourist Bureau, as well as a variety of clients globally. Additionally, her seminars on Creativity, The Profitability of Doing Business and Anatomy of an Event have earned her international kudos. In a few words, she sets the trends; others follow.
What inspires you to write?
Everything around me. I find creativity in books, music, theater, art, movies, TV, my family and all the people around me. I started writing when I was a small child. I even had a television script accepted by the producers of a series when I was 8 years old!
Tell us about your writing process.
I’m not an outliner, but I wouldn’t describe myself as a seat-of-the-pants writer either. I formulate what I want to say in my mind, think on it and then sit down and let it tumble out. Then, revise, revise, revise.
Who are your favorite authors?
Oh, I have a secret pleasure. I love any and all vampire books. I have had too many influences to narrow it down to just a few authors.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I have been working with an editor for years. She outlined all the options for me, and I went with a self-publishing firm because I didn’t want to wait for years to get my book published! (I’m exaggerating but I went with what I thought was the faster route.)
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I know that everything is leaning toward digital, but I hope that I will always be able to hold a book in my hands and read it. There’s something very personal about that.
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