Author Spotlight

Michelle M. Pillow

 

I am excited to bring you an interview with the very talented and wonderful author who took time out of her busy schedule to chat with us here at Joyfully Reviewed.  So without further ado...
Michelle M. Pillow

When did you begin writing?
I remember trying to write a book when I was 12. For some reason, I’d spaced it until this moment, but it was called the ‘Runaways’ and I only got to a very short chapter one.

What is your perfect writing environment?  Do you need absolute quiet or can you work with noise?
I normally need some sort of background noise. With a big household growing up, I’d learned to tone out noise to do things. But now, silence can be distracting. But it depends on the noise. If it’s something I want to watch, I zone out and watch.

I know that you write in several genres.  Do you have a favorite?
It changes with my mood. The first several novels I’d completed for fun were historical romance. Now, I do a lot of paranormal and futuristic. I love all genres I write in for different reasons, but I currently I really like some of the darker fantasies like Tribes of the Vampire and Realm Immortal. Ask me again tomorrow and it’ll be something else. :)

If you could travel to any time period and place…where would it be and why?
I want to go everywhere in the world at least once. I love to travel. As for time, it’s about the same. Middle Ages, Victorian era, Ancient Rome—this is all considering that there would be certain guidelines like I don’t show up in a gladiator pit or as a peasant about to get whacked by the Lord of the Manor or at the height of the Black Plague.

Tell us a little about what makes Michelle tick?  What are your favorite foods, movies, and music?
Coffee, Pajama Pants, Brownies, No Bake Chocolate Cookies, Chicken Parmesan, Pasta, Chicken Fried Steak, Red Nail Polish.

Music is pretty varied. My husband is a DJ so we have a lot of it around. And I’m pretty content to let him play whatever—just because he knows what I like and I can never remember who sings what. I love ‘Vampire’ music, the dark and seductive.

I love watching movies, and like my genres depends on my mood. Golden Age Hollywood—Fred and Ginger movies, Princess and the Pirate, the old musicals. The old stop-motions are great—Jason and the Argonauts, Clash of the Titans. Or the older fantasies—Beastmaster (only the first one), Red Sonja, Conan, original unmastered Star Wars, etc, 13th Warrior, Pride and Prejudice, Practical Magic, Count of Monte Cristo, 7 Brides for 7 Brothers, Beauty and the Beast, Last of the Mohicans.

If you could bring any character to life from a book…who would it be and why?
Rick, a side character from Tribes of the Vampire series. That way Mandy will stop bothering me for his book. LOL

I think I’d really like one of the paranormal characters, just so long as I could still control them. Some of them are quite bad. I’d love to say I’d seen at least one thing concrete paranormal or supernatural in my lifetime.

What does your family think about your writing career?  Do they know that you write sexy romances? Oh, yeah. I don’t keep what I do a secret. I explain to people that sexy is like scary for me. Books are there to research whichever topic, and whereas I don’t impale people like some of my vampires, neither do I do what some of my other characters do.

Can you tell us a little about what you have coming up?
I tend to work on several things at once.

New Concepts-Zhang Dynasty 2: Temptation of the Butterfly. I just finished this one. It’s part of the NCP Harmony line (multicultural), but also a spin off of my popular futuristic series there- Dragon Lords, Lords of the Var. I’m planning many more in the futuristic series as well as the Tribes of the Vampire series there.

Ellora’s Cave-Call of the Lycan 2: Call of the Untamed is due out the beginning of next year.

Virgin Books-I’ve started a new erotic contemporary series there, Matthews Sisters. Book one Bit by the Bug releases in Feb ’07 and book 2, Along for the Ride is actually what’s on my computer being written.

Samhain-Realm Immortal 3: Stone Queen is contracted and my next book to be written. That series has been doing really well for me and I have quite a bit planned for it. Talons: Seize the Hunter was just released.

How do your books come to you?  Do they come slowly, page by page, or all at once?
When I start a book, I have a general idea of where I want it to go. I build the world, the characters and then let them do what they do. They completely lead the story.

Who are your favorite authors and what are you reading right now?
That’s a hard one. I tend to read “friend” authors first, which isn’t hard since they’re so talented. I like supporting nice people. Mandy Roth, Jaycee Clark are high on that list. I want to start Jaycee’s Angel Eyes soon and I’ve got Mandy’s Warrior of Darkness that I’m looking forward to

Any advice for aspiring writers?
Do the research. Do the writing. Do your thing. But mostly, do the research.

What is your favorite thing to do in your spare time?
I don’t get a lot of spare time between writing and owning businesses, but family time is my favorite. We watch a lot of movies together.

What do you feel is the best way to promote your books?
It’s a hard one, as no one seems to know for sure what works. I do a lot of online promotions and tend to stay active on the yahoo groups—because it keeps me accessible to fans. I’d say the best way is to constantly put the info out there in any outlet you can.

Do you enjoy writing books that a part of a series?  Is it easier to write stand alone titles or series books?
Stand alones are easiest, because there is less detail to remember. With my futuristics, I’m on book 10 with more planned. That’s a lot of facts to keep straight.  But I love writing the series because I, as a reader, love to visit old characters. To me, writing them is like a puzzle, fitting in pieces, balancing little inside jokes that aren’t lost on the new reader, but will make the old reader smile knowingly.

I noticed that you have done several collaborations with Mandy M.Roth.  How did this come about?  Can we look forward to more books from both of you? 
Definitely! I love working with Mandy. We even write the Raven Vampire Nightclub together which is about the size of three novels now. It’s an online, free story for our readers at http://www.ravenhappyhour.com/raven.htm

How? We were abducted by the same aliens, lol.

Is there anything else you would like to tell us?
Michelle’s Links-

~~Michelle loves to hear from readers you can contact her at michelle_pillow@yahoo.com, and don't forget to visit Michelle Pillow's websitefor other links to her blogs and reader groups.
Michelle Pillow's My Space
Michelle Pillow's announcement only newsletter
Michelle's Pillow Talk Blogspot
Chat Group with Mandy M Roth, called The Raven Vampire Nightclub
Free online, ongoing story “The Raven” coauthored with Mandy Roth:The Raven Happy Hour

 

 

 

 

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