My guest today is author Michelle Miles.
Welcome Michelle, let’s start with you telling us a little about yourself including where you are from.
I was born in Dallas, raised in Mesquite and now live in suburban Fort Worth with my husband, teenage son and cat. I’ve been a member of Romance Writers of America since 2004. I started writing in high school (mostly fan fiction) and the moved onto short stories. My first novella was published in 2006 (a contemporary romance) and since then I’ve moved into writing my first and only love: paranormal and fantasy. When I’m not writing, I love to read, watch movies and cross-stitch. My current Netflix binge is Pretty Little Liars and Star Trek: The Next Generation. I’m also a huge Game of Thrones and Outlander fan. And YES I read all the nerdy stuff on the fan sites about them both. 🙂
Tell us about the books you want to promote and how did it got started.
IN THE TOWER OF THE WIZARD KING was a labor of love. Toward the end of 2014, I had all but given up writing. I had dismal sales and a publisher that wasn’t paying. I took four months off, read craft books and re-evaluated my goals. I started writing short stories. I also signed up for a 7-month long workshop that got me back into the joy of writing. Wizard King was born from that workshop. From start to finish, the book took me about 16 months to write and polish. I’m very excited about it and look forward to getting it into hands of readers.
What made you decide to write books?
An inherent needs to tell stories!
What challenges did you face as you wrote this book?
I started with a question: what if there was a portal in a trunk leading to Faery? As I began the story, I learned more and more about my characters and realized it was a dual timeline, with a little bit of time travel and a lot of magic. There are four main characters. I like to explore family relationships so this story is a mother/daughter story. The next book will be about a father/daughter. The challenge for me writing this was that since it was a dual timeline and I was telling a past and present storyline, I had to make sure all my details were right.
There was a lot of time and effort that went into editing the book to make sure everything made sense. It turned into a much longer book than I ever anticipated but I love it and I love the story. I think readers will, too.
What’s your writing schedule like? Do you strive for a certain amount of words each day?
My schedule is a little different from others. I work full time so I have to grab writing time whenever I can. I typically write on my lunch hour at work – which sounds strange but it really works for me. I’ve been doing it for several years now and I find that at noon, my brain is ready to be creative. I take a 2-in-1 laptop with no WiFi connection. It keeps me focused. I can usually knock out around 1200-1500 words in that hour. Then in the evenings, I spend anywhere from an hour to two hours writing. My daily goal is 2000 words/day and I typically do not write on weekends (those are reserved for husband and kid). If I can hit 10k in a week, I feel accomplished.
What do you like to read?
I love a really good fantasy – epic fantasy, urban fantasy, paranormal. I also enjoy reading historical romance as well as a few contemporary romances. My favorite authors: Gena Showalter (Lords of the Underworld series), Karen Marie Moning (Fever series), Sophie Jordan (just about anything she writes!) and Patricia A. McKillip. I’ve read all the Song of Ice and Fire books as well as most of the Outlander series. I love series. I love revisiting with the same characters.
Lastly, what plans have you got for future books?
I have lots of books coming in the future! I signed a 3-book contract with Entangled for three dragon-shifter books. Those will likely be out in 2017 sometime. I’m also in the process of re-releasing my backlist of fantasy romance novels which is my Realm of Honor series. Books 1-3 released July 25. Books 4 and 5 will release in late 2016. I also will be working on book 2 in the Age of Wizards series (which may or may not stand at two books – I’ll have to see where the second book leads me!). I’m also planning on rewriting a backlist title about a gladiatrix as well as a time travel series. Lots to come!
Thank you for joining me today and good luck.