3Ws – Michael Storrings

MIKE NEWPORTRAIT

What do you create?

I create Art that Celebrates.  I hope to capture in my work those memories people share when they travel to cities or celebrate special occasions together.  In my latest book, New York in Four Seasons, I tried to capture many of the events that happen in a year while also chronicling the life that occurs and joy that people feel at those gatherings.  My hope is that people will get lost in the details of my art and relive their own memories.

Some of the various images and people depicted in this book are personal to me—family, friends, places, and most of all, pugs. It’s a Where’s Waldo of pugs, and as you go through the book you will see tucked away in every corner a tan little curly tailed object with a blob of black on its face and ears.

My art career took a turn in 2005 when I started designing Christmas ornaments. Christmas became the vehicle to my voice and allowed me to memorialize places and events. These ornaments are now sold in major retailers across the country. My first book, A Very New York Christmas, depicted these ornaments and is an homage and “thank you” to the city that inspired my line, and my life. It will be rereleased in Fall 2015 with a special insert of punch-out ornaments.

I have recently started to take my work to other product venues, including snow globes, tableware, stationary, and puzzles. I even make prints of my art and hand glitter and sequin each one.  I can actually say I have a glitter studio!

In addition, I also design book jackets. I am the Creative Director at St. Martin’s Press and oversee and design covers.

Why do you create?

I have a codependent relationship with creating things. If I don’t create, I am not myself.

I am lucky to be in a profession and with people that support my addiction. I work full-time as the Creative Director at St. Martin’s Press and design book jackets and oversee the line of 700 plus books per year. When I come home, I work on my art. My careers feed my hunger to create.

It’s a vicious cycle and I love it! Believe it or not it energizes me to be like this.

 

What do you consume?

It sounds gluttonous, but I try to devour and take in everything around me—people, fashion, books, art, typography, emotions, colors, sights, songs, smells, Christmas, pugs, everything and anything in New York.  I’m a spectator; every day is a new event that I am lucky to be privy to.  How good is this?!

Links

Michael has a wonderful holiday giveaway going on right now. Enter here: http://tinyurl.com/mgc5v9r

New York in Four Seasons: http://www.storrings.com/book.html

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WCIBY Whirlwind!

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Last week was a whirlwind! I kicked off pub day with an interview at 13Wham News This Morning (watch here), and chased it with a great chat with Bill Kenower from Author2Author Radio about superhero nosebleeds, outlining, and how writing is a lot like gardening (listen here).  And had interviews up at SheKnows.com, Chick Lit is Not Dead, Chick Lit Central, and Chick Lit Bee.

Friday night was my first reading for WHY CAN’T I BE YOU, and it was fun to kick it all off at the Greece Barnes & Noble.  I even got to see Steph the Bookworm (right), her friend Taylor (left), and her mom, Kim (taking the photo) – three of my favorite Rochester book lovers.

Today, I’m at Writer Unboxed talking about public speaking and making sure your fly is zipped.

I realized this morning that I hadn’t had the chance to announce the winner of the pre-order contest!  Picked by random number generator, Pauline, is the winner of the bag full of books from Plume.  And I’m sending off my donation to Planet Dog Foundation!  Thank you so much to everyone who entered!  And I hope you’ll take a moment to learn a little bit more about how service dogs and how Planet Dog Foundation supports the efforts of service dog organizations.

And here are some other WCIBY sightings:

BookTrib 

Parkersburg News and Sentinel 

 5 Minutes for Books

The Book Chick

 Chick Lit Central

Vinobaby’s Voice

Caribou’s Mom

A Bookworm’s World

Thanks so much to everyone who’s been reading WCIBY and sending along notes, pictures & tweets!  It means a lot to me! XO!

WCIBY Pre-Order Extravaganza!

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Guess what? WHY CAN’T I BE YOU hits shelves next week!  

Since one of my favorite organizations – Planet Dog Foundation – was so helpful to me while collecting research for WCIBY, I thought it would be fun to organize a pre-order contest to benefit PDF.

To enter, pre-order your copy of WHY CAN’T I BE YOU and e-mail your e-receipt or receipt photo to me at info at allielarkinwrites dot com. Please include the words Preorder Extravaganza in the subject line.

For every pre-order receipt I receive, I’ll donate one dollar to Planet Dog Foundation.  On February 25, I’ll draw an entry from the receipts and one lucky reader will win a tote bag filled with the books pictured above from Plume, my publisher!

Planet Dog Foundation works to provide funding to support the training and placement of working dogs, including service, therapy, police, and search and rescue dogs. You can learn more about Planet Dog Foundation on their website.

Good luck and happy reading!

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Sorry, this contest is limited to the U.S. and Canada only.  Void where prohibited. No purchase necessary. To enter without purchase, send an e-mail to info at allielarkinwrites dot com with ‘Preorder extravaganza’ in the subject line, donations will only be made for confirmed preorders.