Hello, Magical Musings Readers! I am so excited to feature another author today – Michelle Miles! If you don’t know her yet, well you need to. She is one of the friendliest authors I have met online and it shows through on Facebook. She is witty and funny and so loves her family and her friends. And she writes awesome books! Let’s get to know her!
I have a full time job, a 14-year-old son in high school band, a husband and a cat who has his own Facebook Page (Paws and Claws: Tales of Sir Dexter). I recently got the opportunity to purchase my dream car—a Corvette! It’s a convertible 2003 50th Anniversary edition and it is SUPER fun to drive. I love to watch hockey and baseball, read as many books as I can and watch movies. I also love to quote movies and try to incorporate them into every day conversations.
Have you been writing “forever” and if not, when/how did you decide to write?
Not forever. I developed the interest when I was in high school. I wrote and illustrated my own Indiana Jones comic books and also wrote a ton of Star Trek, Star Wars and other fan-fiction. Can you say nerd? After high school, life sort of impeded, I was an idiot during my 20s and when I finally settled down and had my son and was on maternity leave, I knew what I really wanted to do—write full time. Hard to believe that was 14 years ago! I took a novel writing workshop with Writer’s Digest and learned a lot. I wrote my first novel (still unpublished) and then found and joined RWA in 2004.
What genres do you typically write?
Contemporary romance and fantasy/paranormal romance. I couldn’t pick just one. It’s the Gemini in me.
Do you read in the same genres you write?
Yes – mostly I read paranormal, urban fantasy and fantasy, though. I also really enjoy reading my friends’ books, no matter what genre.
Where do you find your inspiration and ideas for your stories?
I’m fascinated by historical things—specifically the Middle Ages. So I like to incorporate that into my stories but with a fantasy spin. I went through a fairly long dry spell where I wasn’t sure I even wanted to write anymore, so I knew I needed to find the love and joy again. I signed up for Holly Lisle’s How to Think Sideways course in February of this year and I can tell you it changed my writing life. It’s a year-long program and one of the first lessons is about learning who you are not only as a writer, but also as a person. She makes you delve deep into yourself, yank out all those deep dark secrets you buried long ago and use them in your fiction. And she does it with this thing called a Sweet Spot Map. I found renewed inspiration just by looking at my Sweet Spot Map. I cannot tell you how much I loved doing that exercise and how much it changed my perspective on writing. Her tagline is “Write with Joy” and I am a huge believer in that. Forget write what you know – WRITE WHAT YOU LOVE. I highly recommend her workshops. They’re informative and insightful and you will learn a ton of great stuff.
Are you on social media? If so, which platforms do you like to use to interact with your readers most?
What is the strangest thing a reader has ever said to you?
I had someone ask me once when I was going to write a “real” book. *straight face*
What do you love most about the romance writing world?
Camaraderie. I’ve met some wonderful people through RWA and romance who I would not have met otherwise. They are supportive and encouraging and some have become lifelong friends.
I like to write more than one thing at the same time—again that Gemini in me. So I’m working on a contemporary romance series, rewriting my urban fantasy for the fourth time, as well as a full-length fantasy romance with wizards, fairies and secret portals.
Anything else you want to say to the Magical Musings readers?
I recently entered Harlequin’s So You Think You Can Write contest and made it to the Top 25. I was really excited about that! The story, A Little Taste of Heaven, is a contemporary romance targeting the Blaze line. It’s still up on Wattpad and has reached just over 12k reads.
My most recent releases are the re-release of my contemporary romance series, the Coffee House Chronicles. There are five books in the series, including a box set.
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Thank you to Michelle for joining us today! Readers, what are some of your favorite genres to read? Do you stick to just one or do you like to read several?