Are you looking for a stellar YA read? Love fantasy? Need a little romance? Michele G. Miller has it all! Check out what she’s got coming up for you in 2015!
RCPR: Hi Michele! It looks like 2014 has been a busy year for you. Can you tell us a little about what you’ve been up to and where you foresee 2015 heading for you?
Michele: 2014 was the year of surprises for me. While writing the second book in my fantasy series, Never Let You Go, I became consumed with a story idea. I started writing From The Wreckage while I was waiting for edits to return on NLYG and found myself 50K into it in no time. I decided to finish it after publishing NLYG and low and behold I ended up writing two more stories releasing and completing the series over the course of the summer. The series has taken off and I’m so grateful to everyone who took a chance to read it.
I now find myself behind on the books I thought I’d be releasing in 2014 – Never Without You and His Call. So, the remainder of the year will see me writing those and moving onto more gritty, heart-wrenching stories in 2015.
RCPR: What events can we expect to see you at in 2015?
Michele: For signings/book conventions I will be signing and/or speaking at Roanoke Author Invasion in Roanoke in April, UtopYA in Nashville in June, Penned Con in St. Louis in July, Carolina Author Event in Charlotte in August. I’m also super excited to be attending RT Convention in Dallas in May.
RCPR: I know that you’ve got a couple different series ongoing right now. Which has been your favorite to write and why?
Michele: Well, I have three kids and I can’t name a favorite so that should tell you 😉 Actually, I’m super excited about a spin off I’m doing from From The Wreckage about the character Dani. She is a messed up girl so her thoughts are kind of frantic. I’m finding my writing is more poetic and choppy with her and I like the change.
I love my fantasy because it’s fun to write about swords and fighting and I love the NA books because I get to be a little steamier with those characters. Each series has its perks!
RCPR: If you could spend a day with one of your characters from one of your books, who would it be and what would you do together?
Michele: Ha, ha, ha. I have some awfully swoony guys, including an Aussie bartender sooooo. Honestly, I would like to play football with West Rutledge. I’m an avid football fan so I’d love to get on the field and play.
RCPR: Do you find writing contemporary romance to be harder or easier than fantasy? Why?
Michele: I think contemporary is harder. To make everyday life new and interesting is difficult. Fantasy, while difficult in the world building aspect, is easier. You can throw in magic or deadly animals, revive dead people… whatever you need to keep it changing and fun.
RCPR: What is one thing you wish your readers knew about you?
Michele: I’m might look all refined and motherly, but I’m really a goof at heart. I love singing badly in my car, dancing badly any time I can and behaving badly… wait! Strike behaving badly, but keep the rest. I also want them to know how much I love hearing from them. I love chatting books, mine or others, with passionate readers and really encourage them to reach out on Facebook or Twitter.
RCPR: Which of your characters are most like you?
Michele: Possibly Savannah in Last Call. The con is she holds on to things, hurts, for longer than she should. The pros is she likes to have fun, she’s a good friend and when she falls in love, she falls hard.
RCPR: If you could jump forward ten years into the future, what do you think your life will be like?
Michele: A movie deal would be great! In ten years my youngest will be graduating (WHAT!) so I have no idea what life will be like. I’m a happy girl right now. I’m doing what I love, I have a great family, health and amazing friends and readers. I hope to keep expanding my readership and putting out more books people love. I’d love to see one of my books on a bookshelf in a box store one day, but its not necessary for me to be content.
RCPR: What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given? Did you listen?
Michele: It’s not writing related. It was to be grateful for what you have. Life is short, live life, love life, be happy. I listen and remind myself of this every day.
RCPR: What do you think is your strongest and weakest attributes when it comes to being an author?
Michele: Wow, I think I’m strongest at character development and description. Making people feel what is going on. I lurve the feels! My weakness is love. I love love. I love good guys. My 2015 goal is to give you some bad boys, more grit with your romance. I’ve always been a thriller reader and I want to bring some of that to my readers.
Never Let You Fall – Best Debut Nominee-UTopYACon 2014
Last Call – Best Romance Series Nominee-UTopYACon 2014
Never Let You Go – Best Cover Nominee-Penned Con 2014
Skye and Xander, The Prophecy of Tyalbrook series – Best Fantasy Couple Nominee-Penned Con 2014
Having grown up in both the cold, quiet town of Topsham, Maine and the steamy, southern hospitality of Mobile, Alabama, Michele is something of an enigma. She is an avid Yankees fan, loves New England, being outdoors and misses snow. However she thinks southern boys are hotter, Alabama football is the only REAL football out there and sweet tea is the best thing this side of heaven and her children’s laughter!
Her family, an amazing husband and three awesome kids, have planted their roots in the middle of Michele’s two childhood homes in Charlotte, North Carolina.