I’d like to welcome Michele to the Snarkology today. She’s agreed to answer a few questions for us and also to share her new book.
I have many favorite authors and books. While it’s difficult to pick one, or even ten, I will name a few books that I find inspirational, enjoyable, and re-readable. These books include: A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by Dave Eggers, Lamb by Christopher Moore, Kiss an Angel by Susan Elizabeth Phillips, Shakespeare’s Landlord by Charlaine Harris, Shadows and Lace by Teresa Medeiros, American Gods by Neil Gaiman, and Making Money by Terry Prachett.
Are your characters inspired by real people?
Sorta, but not really. People-watching is part of the process. I may pick up mannerisms or looks or dialogue from someone I observe while I’m out in the real world. Sometimes, I’ll use quirks or personality traits from people I know to create a certain characters. Characters are often a conglomeration of imagination and personal experiences.
How long does it take you to write a book?
You know, I once asked Nora Roberts that very question, and she answered, “You time biscuits, you don’t time books.” I loved that response. And it’s true. The story, the genre, the writer’s mindset, daily schedule, and other factors can all determine how long it takes to write a book. Some of my stories have more “flow” than others, and those will often take less time to write the first draft.
What’s your ideal day?
My ideal day is being tucked into bed with my puppies reading on my Kindle or watching Netflix with my hubby. There may also be some canoodling.
What’s your favorite food?
Chocolate. It’s really the only food.
What’s your favorite quote?
“You are what you love, not what loves you.” (From the movie “Adaptation”)
Where do you get your ideas?
My theory is that a writer’s brain is wired to create stories. We use our observations, our experiences, and our emotions to come up with characters, settings, and plots. Ideas are plentiful. The trick is to find one that can become the foundation for entire novel, or better yet, as the foundation for an entire series.
What do you find yourself “Fangirling” over?
The Winchesters, of course. I love, love, love “Supernatural.”
You’ll Understand When You’re Dead is Book 12 in the popular, bestselling paranormal Broken Heart series…
When vampire Natalie Haltom starts receiving an influx of ghost suitors, she can’t seem to escape their amorous attentions. And with a ghost cow chasing her everywhere in town, she’s having the worst week ever.
Vedere psychic Matthew Dennison has moved to Broken Heart to escape the Vedere legacy and to start a new life as a psychic for the vampire queen. He manages to rescue Natalie from a persistent date-happy spirit by announcing his engagement to the beautiful vampire.
Just another day in Broken Heart with lonely ghosts, zombie dance-offs, spellcasting teenagers, wedding-planning fae, Little People fertility rituals, and maybe, just maybe, a vampire and psychic finding forever love.
Michele received her first publishing contract in 1998 from pioneer electronic publisher Hard Shell Word Factory. She’s had numerous short stories, novellas, and novels published by electronic, independent, and traditional publishers, including New American Library and Harlequin TEEN. She’s also written articles for national magazines such as Writer’s Digest, RT BOOKReviews, and Byline. Her print books have sold more than 300,000 copies and counting.
Michele’s won many awards and honors throughout her writing career, including the Grand Prize in the Writer’s Digest annual writing contest, Grand Prize in the Silhouette Yours Truly Contest, a Romantic Times Reviewer’s Choice award, and the Crème de la Crème award from Oklahoma Writers Federation, Inc.
Over the years, Michele has given workshops about inspiration, self-editing techniques, romance heroes, vampire fiction, electronic publishing, humor in fiction, selling erotica, winning contests, Internet promotion, and many other topics. She has presented workshops, spoken at luncheons, and participated in panels at events and meetings across the United States, including the annual conferences of Romantic Times,OWFI, Florida Writers Association, Tulsa Night Writers, FENCon, and Celebrate Romance.
Obsessed with dark chocolate, “Supernatural,” and all things yarn, she creates fictional worlds because, hey, it’s a lot more fun than housework. She lives happily-ever-after with her husband (The Viking) and their fur babies.
BROKEN HEART VAMPIRE SERIES
I’m the Vampire, That’s Why
Don’t Talk Back To Your Vampire
Because Your Vampire Said So
Wait Till Your Vampire Gets Home
Over My Dead Body
Come Hell or High Water
Cross Your Heart
Must Love Lycans
Only Lycans Need Apply
Broken Heart Tails
Some Lycan Hot
You’ll Understand When You’re Dead
Lycan on the Edge (Fall 2015)
DEED BROTHERS DEMON SERIES
A Damn Deed
A Dirty Deed (TBA)
A Kind Deed (TBA)
A Good Deed (TBA)
A True Deed (TBA)
Frisky Christmas (November 2015)
THE PACK RULES
The Werewolf’s Bride
Taken by the Werewolf Triplets
The Billionaire Werewolves
The Werewolf Bodyguard
Kidnapped by the Werewolf / Her Alpha Mate
Two Alphas and a Lady
The Dragon’s Wife
WOLVES ON THE PROWL
A Wild Night
WIZARDS OF NEVERMORE
Now or Never
Never Say Die (TBA)
Holiday Bites Collection #1
Fireworks for July
Heart of Magic
Love Gone Wild
THE REAPER DIARIES
(writing as Michele Vail)