Welcome to Tuesday's edition of Writing Romance! Due to our special feature this week, Sexy Snippets is on hold but will return with a vengeance next week. I promise!
I am so excited to be hosting an interview and giveaway with Michele Hauf! Michele is the author of several paranormal romance series' and has just recently released Forever Vampire, which I reviewed here. Please help me welcome Michele!
Hi Michele! Thank you so much for joining me on Secrets of a Book Lover!
Your first book was Dark Rapture which was published in 1997. How did the ideas for this story come to you and what made you decide to put it into a book and have it published? In other words, how did you go from a person with an idea to a published author?
*I've always had stories in my brain. Elaborate things that play out over weeks as I daydream or fall to sleep. So this vampire started rattling around in my brain, and, at the time I started writing Dark Rapture, I was on maternity leave so I needed something to do while the baby was sleeping. I started putting on paper the story, and I haven't stopped since.
Since then you have written over 40 books and have over a dozen works in progress. How do you keep all of your ideas separate or do they all just blend together?
*I keep files on each story. But writing in my Beautiful Creatures world is great because characters can cross over from book to book, and I'm familiar with the world, so that makes things a little easier. Switching from that world to another, like the Rogue Angel world, is a little tougher, but it keeps my writing muscles flexed. :-)
With so many books, there are even more characters that you have written into the stories. Do you know who the characters will be and what their personalities are before you write them or do they write themselves as the book progresses?
*Both. Sometimes I have a character who has appeared in a previous book, or he's appeared in my brain, and I've taken notes on him/her for later. Sometimes I come up with someone totally new who does really blossom and become fully developed during the process of writing the entire book.
What is the biggest challenge you face as an author?
< *Discipline. Putting my butt in the chair every day and typing for hours when the sun is shining outside and I just want to wander in the yard. If you had one piece of advice to give to an aspiring writer, what would it be?
*Write. Write some more. And then write some more.
Thank you so much for joining us and giving us some insight into your writing!
Michele has been so kind as to offer her 3 book series, Of Angels & Demons (Book 3, Ashes of Angels, isn't due out until August!), to one lucky Secrets reader! All you have to do is be a GFC, email or RSS subscriber and leave a comment answering the following question:
Who is your favorite romance author?
Then, just fill out the form to enter. Please note, a comment with your answer is required but you will NOT be entered unless you fill out the form below.
You can keep up with Michele and get the latest news on what she's working on at the following sites:
Don't forget to stop by Reading Between the Wines where Crystal is featuring Lori Foster!
Good luck and happy reading!
*Giveaway is open to US residents only and will run until 11:59 pm EST on July 15, 2011. Winner will be drawn using random.org and will be announced on July 18, 2011. Winner will be contacted by email and will have 48 hours to reply at which time the prize will be forfeited and a new winner will be drawn.