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And away we go! Welcome Michele to The Dirt Blog!
By Sunset/ Book I of the Dragon Races Trilogy. Fantasy Romance.
Tell us a little about By Sunset:
Novella is about two warring Royal Families that currently are in the midst of a Dragon Race to retrieve the royal jewels of the other family on earth. Of course the road to the jewels isn’t smooth and there are some twists and turns that make the story interesting and fun.
Who is your favorite character in your novel, and why?
I have to say there are two. The first is Olivia. She’s one of the main female characters and she’s a lady in waiting to the Royal Family of Kergan. Fiercely loyal to them, she does what she can to protect them, but also when one of them is wrong, she also doesn’t hesitate to tell them, regardless of the consequences.
My other favorite is Prince Caleb of Tacorian. Everyone loves a bad boy. He’s handsome, passionate and has a tendency act first, and think much later. I have to say he and his brother’s Marrkos and Tristan (who star in book two) have been truly my most favorite characters to write so far!!
What is your ideal creative environment?
My bedroom. I tend to write longhand and then type everything in on my laptop. So when I have a couple of hours, you can usually find me sitting on my bed, notebook in hand and ipod on writing away until I go to bed.
Hmmm. There’s so many. I think it’s a toss up between C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien. But I love the erotic stuff too....sigh...it’s hard!! LOL.
Who is your literary idol?
Actually my literary idols are screenwriters! Michael Hirst (creator of The Tudors and the upcoming series The Borgias) is one of my all-time favorites as well as the late John Hughes. Mr. Hughes had a way regardless not only crossing all age groups (with Home Alone and The Breakfast Club) but he made all of the characters three-dimensional and relatable. Everytime, a movie of his comes on, I think ‘I so hear ya.’ with one of his characters. Mr. Hirst’s work is so beautiful and so entertaining that anytime any of his pieces are on TV, I stop everything to watch.
What is your guilty pleasure read you turn to for sheer entertainment value?
Jackie Collins! I love her! The Lucky Santangelo series is fantastic. She’s wonderful and I truly enjoy her work. Also right now, am into Kresley Cole’s series and I recommend JA Saare’s books! Especially ‘Dead, Undead and Somewhere in Between' . I love movies too. I ‘m always in awe of the art of storytelling. Regardless of how talented an actor is, it always starts with the story for me. If it’s great and keeps me compelled, then I’m with the audience. If there’s anything (that goes wrong) I turn it off. There are some books that do that for me also.
Is writing your main creative outlet, or do you have other talents and creative pursuits?
Former ballet dancer. I actually danced for years. I have a serious respect and love for all types of dance.
Name one fun/weird/frightening fact about you that we don't already know:
That with the exception of Marrkos, all of my male characters from the Dragon Races series are actually based on current and past WWE performers, John Morrison, Dwayne Johnson, and Lucky Cannon.There isn’t a rhyme or reason, it just happened that way, and I do look forward to Mondays and Friday nights.
What are you working on now?
A few things. By Moonlight is the sequel to By Sunset. I’m nearly done with that. It takes place literally right where By Sunset ends and not only wraps up the cliffhanger in By Sunset, but also introduces the readers to several new characters that all tie into the first book in a major way.I also have several erotica stories done or close to being done.
What's the most personally challenging aspect of writing?
Time. I wish I had more of it. Between promotion (which is very new to me and I’m learning quite a bit about ) and the regular job and family obligations, I wish that there was more time in my day to balance everything. At times it gets very overwhelming.
What was your first reaction when Lazy Day Publishing offered you a contract?
I was floored! I actually was in denial because at first when looking at the email, I had thought it was a rejection so I said...’okay, no biggie.’ but then I continued to read it and saw the attachment. I screamed. I was very happy and surprised. When I told my Crit Partners, Jill and Carole, they were beyond happy and said that they weren’t surprised. I was though.