I want to welcome Michelle Miles to Wicked Romance’s Open MIC. Let me tell you a little bit about Michelle and then we will delve deeper into the amazing stories she has written.
Michelle Miles found her love of writing buried in the fantasy books of Patricia A. McKillip and the beautiful romances of Victoria Holt. It wasn’t until her high school years she decided to take up the pen and try her hand at writing. She created faraway lands, space adventures, and even princesses who just wanted to be saved. Never learning to plot, she always believed that jumping in feet first was the way to go and has since become a self-proclaimed Pantser, writing sexy contemporaries, sizzling paranormal and sweeping fantasy.
A Native Texan, she loves hockey, baseball, drinking coffee, cross-stitching, and shopping for shoes and Coach handbags. Follow her daily writings and weekly guest features at her blog, Ye Olde Inkwell. Michelle is also a regular contributor to Pop Culture Divas and Plotting Princesses.
** INTERVIEW **
Michelle, thank you so much for taking the MIC today. One thing I love about your books (besides the incredible back list you have created) is that each is so unique. Often authors find their niche and stick with it but I see each of your books has their own unique theme, plot and characters. Scottish Knights, Faery princess, Gladiatrix, Centaurs, Phone Sex Operator, and Stripper. Tell us how you do it all and still make the characters unique?
Thanks, Jean! I write about what interests me. Sometimes, the characters pop up and dictate the story to me (as in the case of Phoenix Fire). Other times, I just want to write about certain things. Like for One Knight Only, I knew I wanted to write a story set during a jousting tournament. It took a while for that story to jell, but I finally got it and I love the end result. Every book is different for me and every story dictates the type of characters that need to be in that world. I hope they are unique and they are characters people fall in love with.
I go back and forth about focusing my efforts on one book or writing multiple stories at the same time. Part of my fear is that I’ll have multiple beginnings and no complete manuscripts. Which do you prefer and how do you manage achieving your goals?
I tend to do that at times, too. I think it’s because I get blocked on one story and then have a hard time getting past it. To combat that, I schedule writing time–an hour a day. Since I know it’s limited and I have to maximize my time, I really think about what I want to accomplish in that hour. It has helped to push through that block, even if I’m writing crap. At least it’s words on the page and I know I can go back and fix the crap. I think it’s important to start a project and see it until the end. It’s okay to take breaks from it when you feel as though you’re blocked and work on something else, but you want to try and finish whatever you begin.
Do you find it necessary to “get into character” in order to write?
I feel like I have to be inside the character’s head to write. So I guess that would be yes. I need to “hear” their voice in my head to be able to write them effectively. That sounds a bit crazy but it’s true.
What are you most recent releases? Any awards or reviews you are proud to share?
My two latest releases are Phoenix Fire (February 2012) and One Knight Only (September 2011). I think the best review I got was for One Knight Only. It’s a Night Owl Reviews Top Pick and has gotten several 5-stars. Makes me all warm and tingly inside when I get a good review for a book I love so much.
Phoenix Fire, I love the book’s premise, a female gladiator. Tell us about Elena and what makes her so special. Why is Cassius such a great match for her?
Elena is a strong female character who is not afraid to defend those who are weaker. She has a long hatred for the Emperor, but yet she fears him. She knows that every time she steps into the arena, it could be her last time there. But she also knows she is the Emperor’s favorite.
Cassius is a former soldier who has been asked to help with the rebellion. When he refuses, the Senator leading the revolt takes away the only thing he has left—his freedom. He meets Elena in the gladiator barracks and knows she would be a powerful ally. He also senses her desire for freedom from the Emperor and uses that to convince her to help him assassinate the leader. He’s a great match for her because they’re both strong and strong-willed.
One Knight Only – A master’s student thrown back in time? (Oh, how I would have loved to throw my thesis out the window). Maggie sounds like she is going to have her hands full with a knight with a gambling addiction. This is such a unique story, what inspired you to write it?
I’ve always wanted to write a story set during a jousting tournament, but I wondered what type of man would be desperate to win one. It actually started as a much different book—a historical. But my heroine get have smart aleck remarks and sounding far too modern so I went back to the drawing board and decided my heroine was actually from the future. It took me awhile to get all the pieces in place—and all the research—but I’m very pleased with the end product.
What is next on the horizon for readers? Where are your interests focused?
I’ve finished the sequel to One Knight Only, which follows the two Fae characters. Only For A Knight will be released sometime this year from Ellora’s Cave. It’s set in the Otherworld and is a fantasy romance. I’ve started the third book, A Knight To Remember, and hope to have the first draft complete by the end of the year. Since these are long books, it takes a while to craft them and I want to make sure the story is as good as it can be. I’m also in the beginning stages of a new series about some seriously hot alpha males from Atlantis. And I’d like to write a series of short novellas about cowboys.
Where can readers find you? Any events or giveaways in the near future?
On the Web:
Check my blog. I’ll be doing a giveaway when Only For A Knight releases! I will also be signing at the Dreamin’ in Dallas conference in March 2013.
Awesome interview, Michelle. I have One Knight Only and Phoenix Fire on my TBR. Keep up the great writing. And readers, if you haven’t had the chance to visit Michelle’s website, she has an amazing book list of erotic, fantasy, and paranormal. Something for everyone!