Michel Vimal du Monteil

Michel Vimal du Monteil

Q&A with Author Michel Vimal Du Monteil

What inspired you to be a writer?

I have lots of stories in my head, inspired by life experience and people I met on my journey. I also have a fascination for languages and wordsmithing, so it was a natural step to put my stories in words for others to enjoy.

What prompted you to write 'Where There Is A Will'?

My debut novel, a work of fiction inspired by real life observations and experience, had been brewing inside my head for years. The trigger to knuckle down to writing it was encouragement from people close to me, as well as a sporting injury leaving me with ample time to fill. 

Do you have any more books in the pipeline?

I have completed the manuscript of my next novel and it has already been through a number of edits and iterations. 

What is your professional background?

A formal university education in business administration and an eclectic career spanning trade consulting, tourism, translation and conference interpreting, and finally investment banking.

Any advice you’d like to give aspiring writers?

Be true to yourself, listen and observe, beware of formulaic advice, get your manuscript to the best state it can be before you submit it.

Who/what inspires you?

Life itself and everything that happens near and far is an inspiration. 

What are your hobbies, interests and favourite books?

Playing and listening to music, the arts, outdoor sporting pursuits, anything to do with the ocean and nature, travelling, cooking.

Too many books that I’ve loved, but let’s mention two:

Nathaniel’s Nutmeg by Giles Milton (How One Man’s Courage Changed The Course Of History)

Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese (Forbidden Love, Family Secrets And A Country In Turmoil)

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