TeamCHAMP Client Spotlight: Author Michelle Dorey
This week we had the pleasure of speaking with Kingston author Michelle Dorey. Keep reading and you’ll learn about Michelle’s ghostly novels, her contenders for the creepiest places in Kingston, and restaurants where you can go afterwards to regain your courage.
Q: Where do you find inspiration in Kingston?
A: My first book, Crawley House, The Hauntings of Kingston was inspired by a spooky tale that I heard on the Haunted Walk of Kingston. A ghostly experience had happened in one of the university houses and from that germ of an idea, Crawley House, which spans from the post World War I period to modern day, took root. Considering Kingston’s rich history and the amazing stone homes, it wasn’t hard to continue writing the other four books in the series. All my books can be found Michelle Dorey Amazon Page, at my Amazon Author page.
Q: What drew you to write in your particular genre?
A: I’ve been a big fan of Stephen King for a long time.
Q: Are you currently working on any new projects?
A: There is one book that is written now and in the editing process. It involves a couple visiting an abandoned fishing lodge with a macabre history. Currently, I’m having fun writing the first book in a trilogy series about a reluctant young woman who becomes ensnared in the paranormal, and must do battle with the forces of evil. She’s a millennial who needs to get up to speed fast!
Q: If you could only eat at one restaurant in Kingston for the rest of your life, which one would you choose?
A: If I had to choose one restaurant to frequent for the rest of my life…that’s hard question. I’d have to draw a name out of a hat containing, Chez Piggy, Greco’s and Tir Nan Og. But I wouldn’t want to miss East Side Village, or Curry Village either. ARGH!
Q: In your opinion, what are the spookiest/most unsettling places in Kingston?
A: The spookiest places in Kingston are really the ones that are covered in the Haunted Walk and Haunted Fort Henry, although I found it unsettling walking through St. Mary’s Cemetery even on a bright summer’s day. Only did that once. Now I stick to the streets in Kingscourt.
Q: What’s the most important piece of advice you have for aspiring writers?
A: My advice to aspiring writers would be to read as many books on writing as you can and be prepared to work really hard. Although if the work isn’t fun, you maybe should think of another career. I’d also recommend self-publishing through Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or Apple. You keep more of the royalties and control of your book’s marketing.
Q: What are your thoughts on the Kingston housing market? How do you think it will change in the future?
A: I think Kingston’s housing market has shown stable growth and I think that will continue. We have many institutional employers and I think more people are realizing what a great city Kingston is for retirement. I can’t see us experiencing the unstable boom that Toronto, Calgary and Vancouver have seen, which is a good thing in my opinion.
Q: What’s your favourite thing about living in Kingston?
A: I was born here, so I’m biased! My favourite thing about Kingston is a medium sized waterfront city with a rich history. I can get to practically anywhere in about ten minutes. I love the downtown, the parks and of course the Blues Fest.
Q: How was your experience with Jenn Molleson and TeamCHAMP?
A: My experience with Jenn and Greg has been very positive! I was impressed right from the start when they sent their photographer to take inside photos. She took her time and really thought about the set-up to maximize the display. I’ve had many showings and Greg Enright and Jenn Molleson gave me adequate time, and gave me feedback on how the showing went. They work really well as a team with me and I have confidence they will sell my property.
Visit Michelle’s author page on Amazon and pick up one of her highly rated books! If you’re a fan of the paranormal, and want to explore the darker side of Kingston, you’ll be glad you did.