A latch-key kid raised in Brandon, Florida, Michele lived for shows about futuristic worlds, fantastic places. Star Trek, Bewitched, Night Stalker. Battlestar Galactica, I Dream of Jeannie, Logan’s Run. Naturally, she found her future in alternate realities. She’s keeping it unreal.
Q: What's your day like?
A: I rise with the sun on most days, hopefully before my dog Killer sticks her big wet nose in my face or tickles my feet. Coffee maker gets turned on before clothes go on, before all other actions, most important move of the day. I settle in for a few hours of e-mail, then I battle the most pressing issue, perhaps making a book trailer, ordering promos, creating promo art. I've just reached the point where I need to ignore the side work and get back to writing.
Q: What about you is like Elissa, the heroine in Looks Are Deceiving?
A: I have very little in common with Elissa. She's more courageous and focused than I am. I did have a young aspiration to join the FBI, but my terrible vision put a stop to that dream. Oh, and I own a spray bottle of butterscotch toffee-flavored body spray. Yum.
Q: What do you do on your off-time?
A: I'm not sure if I ever have any off-time, or really, if any author has off-time. When we aren't physically writing, we're mentally writing. I very rarely take breaks in the day, only to read the paper (on the computer), watch some news show or documentary that will either teach me something or spark an idea for a story.
Q: What's in the future?
A: My next few projects are Sci-Fi Romances, and I hope to incorporate some of the Romantic Suspense skills I learned in Looks Are Deceiving. I love suspense, don't you? That sense of curiosity and dread is such a fun ride.
Q: Do you have a writing ritual?
A: I don't have a ritual, per say. I have "help" in the form of hats, should I need it. A sequin tiara, an angel's halo, devil horns, arrow-through-the-head, propeller beanie, unicorn's horn, and my favorite and most magical, a certain rodent playing magician's helper's hat.
Q: What inspired you to write?
A: A family debate! I wrote my view into a story, and too many people commented that I was a pretty good writer. Didn't take it seriously for a while, though. I must thank Torch, a cute guy with a mohawk, more earrings in his ears than I had in mine, and a nonstop creative drive that changed me. Thanks, Torch!
Q: What's your dream set-up for writing, no limits?
A: Hmm. A cabin on a beach in Kaui with a dependable Internet link, a supermarket and a Chinese restaurant serving peanut chicken a block away. And, most fantastical of all, a computer that never crashes. Oh, throw in some cute guys. You said, no limits!
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