Michelle Hughes was born in Wetumpka, Alabama. Formerly a singer/songwriter, she decided to bring her love of entertaining closer to home and began writing after starting her family. Raised as an Air Force Brat, she traveled the world from an early age. She currently resides in Rockford Alabama with her husband and five Children.
What inspires you to write?
Something as simple as beautiful location can inspire me to write a love story at any given time, but most of my inspiration comes from dreams. As a young girl of fifteen I started having dreams of this beautiful man from another world beckoning me to travel across the stars with him. Now for most people that might have inspired science fiction writing, but I normally look on thing in the romantic light so I created a paranormal vampire romance instead. After finishing up the New Orleans Vampire Club, Tears of Crimson, I decided I wanted to branch out into other categories. These days I prefer righting contemporary or adult romance themed books.
Tell us about your writing process.
I write when ideas come to me. That can be anytime day or night, and since writing is my full time job (outside or raising children) it’s worked for me. I’ve been known to write for eight hours at at time, or just jot down a few lines and walk away. I guess my biggest feat in writing came from writing a 70,000 word manuscript in two weeks. I hate doing anything on a schedule, so outlines bore me, and obviously setting up times to write don’t appeal either.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
My characters scream at me if they have something to say and don’t leave me alone until I finish what they demand. There have been nights where plots were running around in my mind so vividly, that I had trouble sleeping. There’s nothing more humorous than being pulled from a great sleep to have characters screaming at you to get back to work. Obviously I write when I’m told!
What advice would you give other writers?
Protect your work like it’s precious gold. Share nothing, not even with an editor or a best friend without a copyright in place first. A lesson I discovered the hard way and won’t ever forget. Hire a professional editor and cover artist, if you don’t you’ll regret it later.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I have no patience, and let me just state that again, no patience whatsoever. Waiting for a traditional publisher to tell me they either hated or loved my work wasn’t even in the cards for me. I believe there is a butt for every seat, and no publisher has the insider scoop on what certain readers want. Putting my work out there on my own is just how I like to do things. I get to make all the decisions, and there’s no one telling me what I can or can’t do.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think we’ll have to wait and see what’s waiting for the publishing word. I remember (yes I’m showing my age here) when we thought cassette tapes were the greatest invention of all time, and never thought they could get more advanced. There are always room for changes, and innovations, so who really knows what the publishing industry has in store for us.
What do you use?
Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer
What genres do you write?
Contemporary Romance, Erotic Romance, Paranormal Romance
What formats are your books in?
Both eBook and Print