1. Tell me about your book The Three Graces, and where you got your inspiration for it.
I wrote The Three Graces after I first saw a statue by the same name in the gardens at Hearst Castle in San Simeon California. The statue inspired the characters of the goddesses in my story. But I created the three young modern women characters because I have two sons and I wanted to say something to the girls of the world that I never had the opportunity to say to a daughter of my own.
2. Why did you want to write this book?
I wanted to write it because I knew I had something to say. I dreamed up all these scenarios of what it would look like if a woman’s inner life became real and had to put it down in writing. I also needed a challenge; something to accomplish that was separate from all other parts of my life.
3. If you could spend the day with any character from fiction who would it be?
I would want to spend the day with Alma Whittaker, the protagonist of The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert. She is strong, brilliant, and independent. She explores the mysteries of evolution, goes on spiritual and magical journeys. She experiences incredible things in her life that I would love to talk with her about.
4. Glass half full or half empty?
I’m an idealist, a positive thinker, so I always see the glass full to the brim.
5. If you had to give up one of your favourite things forever in exchange for a multimillion-book deal, what would it be?
I love ice cream more than almost any other food on the planet. But I think I could give it up for that kind of book deal.
6. If you joined the circus what would you perform?
I would ride a horse bareback, doing stunts in a beautiful outfit as the horse pranced around the ring.
7. Which of the four seasons do you like the most?
I love autumn. The relief from summer’s heat, the crispness of the air, the new colors of the leaves, the feel of change that is mature and full of growth.
8. What was the last picture you took with your phone?
The full moon at midnight from the darkness of my garden.
9. How do you feel about public appearances? Do you do them often?
I’m a teacher so every day in my classroom feels like a public appearance. But outside of that I often have to speak in front of groups, so I am used to it. Which doesn’t mean I don’t get nervous! I do, but usually it hits me a minute before so there’s not much to do but just go for it!
10. If all the worlds a stage, where does the audience sit?
If all of the world is a stage, then everyone is actor and audience. We play many roles at all times, acting in our own personal play, being supporting actors to those around us, and watching society and the world’s plays happening at the same time.
College juniors Jessie, Isabel and Sara are linked in an unlikely friendship by visits to hidden places only they can see. Together on a trip to Hearst Castle in California an earth-shaking encounter with a stunning statue in the gardens binds them to the spirits of the Three Graces; Brilliance, Joy and Bloom.
Under the weight of school and family problems, Sara Jessie and Isabel grow to be fast friends as they struggle with who they are and what will become of them. Until the fateful trip where they are gifted three magical pendants. Through these gifts the girls must find a way to unlock a centuries old curse and free the graces from their stone grave.
Will Brilliance, Joy and Bloom find freedom through the girls or will they forever be entombed in the statue of The Three Graces?
Michele Wolfe, a resident of sunny Southern California, has done extensive research on the statue of The Graces, the sculptor, and Hearst Castle. She is an art and music appreciator and belongs to various LA writers’ societies. During the day she is an English as a Second Language (ESL) instructor with 25 years experience teaching and exploring the written word. Along with The Three Graces, Michele has also written two short fiction pieces and is currently working on her second novel.