Fangtastic Friday – Interview with Renee Michaels
Please welcome Renee Michaels, multi-published author.
ETS – Please tell us a little about yourself.
About me? Shoot. Well, I’m the mother of two kids. One in college- fingers crossed that she stays in- and an autistic son. I cook like a pro, only because I love to eat and I detest bad food. I pretend to garden. I toss water on my plants when I remember, and I’m truly surprised when one of my neglected orchids sprouts a bloom. Go figure?
I love to read—that goes without saying. I have books up the wahzoo. My to-be-read pile is embarrassing, but I refuse to cull them out. Each book is an adventure for me to go on. Everybody should have a vice, and that’s mine. Not a bad one to have to my way of thinking. I read everything, B&N should give me an life time book -buyer’s achievement award.
Dream trip Venice, working towards that. That’s the only thing I want right now besides the obvious, cure for cancer, world peace yada yada.
I write in spurts—and get grumpy when a story is not going well. After all, it’s my story and it should be going my way. I have a heck of an imagination- all writers do- but I day dream about the- what ifs- and put them on paper. What I have published so far has gotten some nice comments. Small notes from my readers are printed out and kept in a folder. I still can’t believe other people really like my stuff. I’m still learning though. One day I’ll buy one of those Kriket things and take a stab at being crafty, pretty them up, and frame them. Maybe not, I can use the time to write or read.
ETS – Your cover for HER CHOSEN WOLF is hot! Tell us about your heroine Saffa and the world you created.
Saffa has girt, she took the bull by the horns, or should I say in this case the wolf by the fur?—and went after the man she wanted. She is in a bit of a fix, since the were council has all but handed over to a man who’d use her for political gain. So, she go she seeks out the man she really wants and taunts him with images of her in the arms of another man. What she says to him is the best I’ve ever written.
Grin, yeah, she gets a little shameless, but she is desperate. She asks him, when he hears her scream with the pleasure another man gives her in the dead of night. Would it matter to him? Hell yes, it does.
Saffa is one of a kind even in her world, she is a multimorph. She has the ability to shift into any animal she chooses. It just so happens she also carries the gift of longevity in her bloodline, which makes her a prize amongst the packs. Fully aware how important she is to her race, she is still determined to choose her own mate. This is going to cause her some conflict, but she is a woman who stands by her beliefs.
The wolf packs I write about in this story live high in the Rockies. They answer to a Supremalpaha. Justice Ambervane assumes the role in this novella. Their society is ruled by some pretty arcane laws, but they are evolving. After all, the world around them is changing rapidly and they have to adapt. Some these weres are doing so faster than others, which give me the chance to mix it up. I love the way modern technology creeps into their lives while they still live by their instincts and innate skills. For example, our hero, Justice, hates cell phones, but he has one. Only four numbers programmed into it. It annoys the hell out of his family.
Envy is universal, and that is the root of the conflict in this story. A rival pack covets both Saffa and a position of power within the pack hierarchy. The Redmavens are a small pack and they taken some unnatural steps to build up their numbers. This cannot be allowed. Of course Justice had to kick some serious butt, and Saffa refuses to be left behind. The girl has skills so why not use them?
ETS – So, are two heroes better than one? <BG>
I have to confess I never intended to write a ménage in this story, but once the players were in place this is how it panned out. In this case I would say, absolutely, two men are better than one. I love Drew, my secondary hero. I have a real soft spot for him. He has emotional baggage, and is such a bad boy. Yeah, he made this trio deliciously possible.
ETS – HER CHOSEN WOLF is the first in your Were Chronicles series. What can we expect to see next?
I’m struggling with Drew’s story right now. I have to make this story as good as Her Chosen Wolf. I have it all down in my head, but of course the story dosen’t always follow the path I have in mind. I’m editing and writing as fast as I can. But my day job intrudes. Darn bills. I have four stories in mind for this series so far. If they are well received, the door is open for more.
ETS – You write in a few different genres. Do you have a favorite?
You’d never believe I love fantasy and the paranormal best. But I lucked out and was invited to contribute two short stories to projects put together by some friends. A Coffee time reviewer said of my contemporary, Descent Into Pleasure in the Goin Down anthology. “Ms. Michaels has written the perfect short story”. It can’t get better than that.
My hot cowboy tale, A Wild Ride To Paradise”, has gotten rave reviews. Five Divas and such.
ETS – True Blood or Supernatural?
Sorry you True Blood fans. Supernatural. Why? The men of course. I can’t get into the actor who plays Bill on True Blood. The hunky men on Supernatural ring my bells. Even the angel on that series is a hottie. Hhmmm.
And by the way the sexiest paranormal heroes. Hugh Jackman’s, Wolverine- whimper—gimme some of that- and that sexy Adrian Paul, Highlander an underappreciated actor in my opinion. Why doesn’t Hollywood give us more eye candy in the paranormal genre? Eric Dane or that guy from the first two Mummy movies, I can’t remember his name. I’d love to see either one of them in some skimpy super hero garb. I can get behind that.
ETS – Oded Fehr (Who plays Ardeth Bay on the Mummy) is my dream man. *Sigh* Sorry about that. Back to the interiew. <BG> What is your writing process like? Are you a plotter or pantser?
Pantster—groan. I believe, if I were more of a plotter I’d have less editing to do. I try to plot, and I’ve taken classes, but I always fall back to writing by the seat of my pants. You should hear the language when I don’t connect the dots properly.
However, when I get my teeth into the story and the characters, the story pours out.
ETS – We’ve been running first sale stories here at EtS on Saturdays. Can you tell us your first sale story?
Heck. My husband became ill and was bed ridden at home. I started tapping out a story on my lap top and The Sword and the Sorceress poured out. I can tell you it was a miracle Liquid Silver Books, bought it? I made every writer mistake. I had almost every character in the books name starting with an S. I’ve written the sequel but it needs work. Editing. So many stories written so little time to edit. I hate going back.
ETS – What are you working on now?
I’m going to sound crazy. As I mentioned before, I’m working on the second story in the Were Chronicles, then a vampy tale short—the heroine has a mouth on her you wouldn’t believe. Relax no cuss words.
I’m also fiddling with a space/vamp story. It’s great—I love it and it’s distracts me, big time, from what I should be doing.
ETS – What advice would you give to aspiring writers?
We all have these stories in our heads, but first and foremost bone up on the mechanics of writing before you submit a story. Punctuation, sentence structure, and grammar. How do I know this, I was nailed by my editors. I just got a rejection for that reason. Yeah, bad habits die hard. Write every day, and make friends in your writing community. I’ve found that they are a generous supportive bunch of people. I can’t imagine life without them now.
ETS – Thanks so much for chatting with us today!
You are more than welcome—It was fun. Boy did I babble. Thanks for having me.
ETS – You can find out more about Renee Michaels and her books by going to her website.
Renee will be giving away a copy of Her Chosen Wolf to one lucky commenter. So don’t be shy, ask a question or leave a comment for a chance to win. 🙂