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Welcome to Bitten by Books, we are excited to have you here today!
I would like to thank you taking the time to join us for the question and answer session with our readers. It has been very interesting to get to know more about you and what makes you tick as a writer! Readers, if you haven’t done so already please stop by and get your copy of Michelle’s newest book release Tall, Dark & Fangsome.
BBB: What are the most challenging and the most rewarding aspects of writing?
MR: Well, writing the book is quite challenging, actually. It’s no easy task to write 300+ pages of coherent plot and sympathetic characters, plus incorporating a love story that is halfway satisfying. However, getting it all down and feeling I’ve done the best job I can possibly do is the greatest reward of all. I’ve said it before, but writing a book is the closest feeling to actual magic there is. It’s almost better than chocolate!
BBB: Do you consider your Immortality Bites series paranormal romance or urban fantasy? and do you think it is important to distinguish between the two?
MR: I do think it’s an important distinction. In my opinion, paranormal romance focuses on a relationship that takes place in a paranormal setting and will likely have a happily ever after. Urban fantasy focuses on the world building more than the relationships that happen in that world and there’s no guarantee of a happily ever after. There is crossover between the two, of course. In the beginning of the series, I would have considered Immortality Bites urban fantasy. In fact, that’s what I called Bitten & Smitten in my original agent query letter. However, since it was published as a “romance,” I slowly shifted the focus of the books to be more romantic, especially when it came to the hero, Thierry. In the beginning, a lot of readers didn’t quite warm up to his character. To say the least. LOL. But in the last two books, I have heard only good things about how he’s coming across to readers. His transition (or, really, his character “arc”) to romantic hero has been a slow but natural one, but also was a very conscious decision on my part.
BBB: Our reviewer Lori absolutely loved Angel with Attitude. She asks “How about a sequel about what happens “after” the happily ever after”?
MR: It always amazes me that this little stand alone book from 2006 still receives almost more mail than my vampires do. I figure it’s thanks to the talking rat! LOL. And the number one question readers ask is if there will ever be a sequel. Unfortunately, I have no plans to revisit Valerie the fallen angel and Nathaniel the demon, but I never say never. They were a lot of fun to write and if the opportunity does present itself to write more about them, I certainly wouldn’t turn it down. However, at the moment, with both a paranormal romance series and a YA series focused on the subject of demons, it’s unlikely. I’ll be all demoned out! Angel with Attitude just received a brand new cover and is going into a reprint, so it’s sort of like getting a sequel. Right?? Well, not really. But sort of.
BBB: What is the most ridiculous thing that you have thought about doing to any of your characters?
MR: I think I’ve done it! Usually I try to think of the worst things I could possibly do to my characters, and then I do it to them. But sometimes it doesn’t work as I planned. For example, according to my original outline, the suicidal master vampire Thierry was supposed to die at the end of Bitten & Smitten. But he didn’t. Stubborn bastard. Guess he wasn’t all that suicidal after all, was he?? In an unpublished novel I wrote for Nanowrimo, I turned my heroine into a talking mouse wearing a little magical belt. That’s fairly ridiculous. In Angel with Attitude I had a guy turned into a talking rat as punishment by his witch girlfriend who thinks he’s cheating on her. I guess I have a thing for talking rodents.
BBB: How many books are planned in your Demon PrincessYoung Adult series?
MR: At the moment, I’m only contracted for the first two books, but am sincerely hoping there will be many more. I have enough ideas for at least a six book series, but time will tell!
BBB: How much research do you do for your books? How much of it actually gets used in the finished book?
MR: As little research as I can get away with. *smiles lazily* I much prefer making things up out of my imagination. However, when it comes to real life locations or historical details, I need to delve into the internet and poke around a bit. I typically research after I’ve written so I know specifically what I’m looking for, therefore I don’t over-research or waste a lot of time. After all, I prefer wasting time on Twitter these days. However, this isn’t how I’ve always worked. When I wrote my first book, Bitten & Smitten, I did a TON of research on the Black Death plague and hardly used any of it. It was just really interesting!
BBB: How do you keep track of your world building?
MR: I used to keep track of my world building by rereading the previous book in the series before I got started on the next. Now that I’m currently juggling three series, I find that I need to write things down or my brain starts to melt. Which is painful. I have a “bible” for my YA series that keeps track of characters, locations, bestiary, plot points, and magic rules. For my new paranormal series that kicks off next May with The Demon In Me, I’m planning on doing something similar when I get a moment. I never did one for Immortality Bites and I do see a few inconsistencies from book 1 to book 5. Hopefully they’re not anything too noticeable, though.
BBB: What do you feel are the benefits of the new electronic readers such as Kindle 2 or Sony Digital Book Reader to the environment?
MR: The benefits are that books will be available even if they’re not on the shelves anymore. It will help keep clutter to a minimum. Since books are made of paper and paper is recyclable, I would assume it will help the environment, but to what level I have no idea. Many trees will be saved. Although, trees used for paper are typically grown specifically for that purpose. I tried a Sony reader and wasn’t impressed. At the moment, I use my iPod touch and think it’s fantastic. However, I still prefer the dead tree versions.
BBB: What impact do electronic readers create on the bottom line for authors in the end? Do you feel they have a negative impact or positive, or no impact at all that you can see?
MR: I already see a growing problem in the form of piracy that needs to be dealt with more stringently than it currently is. Most people compare it to trading or reselling a paperback, but it’s not the same thing. An ebook can be sent to 100,000 people without losing any quality. A paperback can’t be duplicated and can only go to one person at a time. I think ebooks are fabulous, but something really needs to be done on this front or there is trouble ahead for the publishing industry and the sustained careers of authors.
BBB: I understand that Tall, Dark & Fangsome is the last book in your Immortality Bites series. How difficult was it to end the series knowing how much your fans adore it? And of course I have to ask, is it *really* the end?
MR: My readers are so awesome! I can’t say that it was easy to say good-bye to Sarah and everyone, especially since I’ve been getting a lot of mail and comments lately from readers who really want another book. I already miss them! I’ve actually been finished with Tall, Dark & Fangsome for over a year, so I’m deep into my new worlds and really loving the fresh material and hope that readers do, too. Is it really the end for Immortality Bites? Like I said above about Angel with Attitude, never say never. Tall, Dark & Fangsome ends on a satisfying note, I think, but there is definitely more to say on a certain subject that was brought up in the last scene. I’d love to tell that story someday if I get the chance.
BBB: Can you tell us about the Immortality Bites and the Demon Princess series and the general storylines that drives them?
MR: Immortality Bites, starting with Bitten & Smitten, is about a woman named Sarah Dearly who’s turned into a vampire by her “blind date from hell,” and how she deals with a new life that includes hunters who want to kill her, a thirst for blood, and new fanged friends including a suicidal master vampire she stops from ending his centuries-old life.
The Demon Princess series is about a girl named Nikki Donovan who finds out just after her sixteenth birthday that the father she’s never met before is a demon king in another dimension, she’s heir to his throne…and she’s about to start manifesting some hard to control demonic powers whether she likes it or not.
BBB: If your Demon Princess series had a theme song, what would it be?
MR: Keep Holding On by Avril Lavigne. Because I’m all sappy and romantic and love that “us against the world” teen feel.
BBB: If one of your book series (or stand alones) could be made into movie or tv show (but only one), which one would you love to see come to life and who would your dream cast be?
MR: All of them, big-budget, Hollywood…. Oh, wait. Only one, huh? Hmmm… I guess I’d love to see Countdown, that I wrote as Michelle Maddox, about a futuristic reality show where to lose is to die made into a movie since I love action flicks. And I’d love to see Josh Holloway as Rogan and Natalie Portman as Kira.
BBB: What trend from the 80s would you love to see make a comeback?
MR: Well, leg warmers were all kinds of comfy…
BBB: Where do you see the paranormal romance genre headed? Can you see it slowing down in the near future, or do you think that the immediate future is pretty bright for it?
MR: I think the immediate future is blindingly bright. However, I do see it slowing down. It’s inevitable. What goes up, must come down. I do believe that the paranormal genre is here to stay, although perhaps with a smaller, tighter list of titles. And since it’s what I love to write the most, I’m hoping I Keep Holding On. (sees above: Avril Lavigne).
BBB: Sam or Dean?
MR: Can I pick Castiel with a side of Dean?
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CONTEST: PLEASE NOTE THE NEW CONTEST EMAIL ADDRESS TO SEND YOUR ENTRIES TO BELOW. There are also revisions to the rules for this contest, please read them all carefully. Also, PLEASE LEAVE YOUR FIRST AND THE INITIAL OF YOUR LAST NAME in your comment/post so we can give you the proper credit for your entries.
Readers, here’s how to enter the contest. You can do just ONE or ALL of these things, and each thing you do will give you additional entries at a chance to WIN. REMEMBER you have Until 9/9/09 at 11:59 pm PDT to do the different things that YOU choose to do. Contest is open to readers worldwide except where noted.
Michelle is giving away THREE great prizes to three lucky readers! Contest is open to readers worldwide except where noted.
Prize 1: A $50.00 Amazon.com Gift Card
Prize 2: One complete signed set of all of her books (seven in all). US/CAN readers only.
Prize 3: One complete signed set of all of her books (seven in all). US/CAN readers only.
1. The easiest way to enter is by purchasing copies of Michelle’s books.
Books in the Immortality Bites series in the order they should be read:
Bitten & Smitten
Fanged & Fabulous
Lady & the Vamp
Stakes & Stilettos
Tall, Dark & Fangsome
Stand alone titles
Angel with Attitude
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2. In order to be entered into this contest the ONE thing you ALL have to do is ask Michelle a question or leave a comment. It can be ANY question you like. No questions/comments = no entries! You can come by through 9/9/09 and ask Michelle your questions. Good for 10 entries. (max 2 questions that count towards entries)
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