Below are a small handful of questions Xianna Michaels is often asked by her students and readers. Click read more for the full story.

1) Where do your story ideas come from?

Everywhere and anywhere. A quotation from the Bible, a news report that makes me wonder “What if – 7 centuries back;” or perhaps a line or two of poetry – the beginning of a story – will pop into my head and I’ll think, “Oh! Where did you read more…

2) Where did you get the idea for Mindel and The Misfit Dragons and how long did it take you to write?

When my oldest granddaughter was 10 years old, she asked me to write a book for children. She asked that it have a Jewish theme. I had recently fallen in love with dragons read more…

3) When and where do you work? How many hours a day?

I try to spend as many hours a day at my desk and drawing board as possible; it is where I am most centered in my deepest self. I work every day except the Sabbath, and left to my own devices would spend most of my waking hours writing and read more…

4) You mention that you use a fountain pen to write in your poetry journal.
Do you use a keyboard for other work, such as long books?

No. I do all my work with a fountain pen. The flow of pen-and-ink on the paper is an integral part of my creative process. I first discovered fountain pens when I was a little girl visiting my father’s law office in downtown Brooklyn. When I was a little read more…

5) When did you begin writing stories and poems?

I began writing stories as soon as I could write. I wrote my first “book” when I was in first grade and home sick with the measles. It was fully illustrated with a pink cover and was entitled read more…

6) How do you choose names for your characters?

It’s a very intuitive process and it can happen in one of several ways. Sometimes a character simply is who he or she is, and will tell me his or her name right away. read more…

7) What are your hobbies or outside interests?

I enjoy studying fashion history and going to vintage shows, and I love vintage jewelry. read more…

8) Who are some of your favorite poets?

I am very eclectic and would say I have favorite poems more than favorite poets, but I am drawn to spiritual poetry above all, with love poems a close second. Here is a partial list read more…