About Michelle M. Pillow:
As long as she can remember, Michelle has had a strange fascination with anything supernatural and sci-fi. After discovering historical romance novels, it was only natural that the supernatural and love/romance elements should someday meet in her wonderland of a brain. She’s glad they did for their children have been pouring onto the computer screen ever since.
Michelle loves to travel and try new things, whether it’s a paranormal investigation of an old Vaudeville Theatre or climbing Mayan temples in Belize. She’s addicted to movies and used to drive her mother crazy while quoting random scenes with her brother. Though it has yet to happen, her dream is to be in a horror movie as 1. A zombie or 2. The expendable screaming chick who gets it in the beginning credits. But for the most part she can be found writing in her office with a cup of coffee in pajama pants.
Come say hello! She loves talking with readers on social media!
What inspires you to write?
Inspiration can come from anywhere at anytime. I once heard someone say something along the lines of, “Authors are the only people who can have private moments in the middle of a crowd”. I think this is because we’re always watching and creating and in our heads. I don’t know how many of my books were started on restaurant napkins or in the middle of the night scribbles on a notepad that were barely legible the next day.
Tell us about your writing process.
I live with the characters in my head for awhile. I like to know them and the world they come from. Then I set them down, throw things at them, and then let them react the way they would natural react. I often have a general idea of where I’d like the book to go, but I don’t work off an outline and it can change.
I can write anywhere, and often do out of necessity. As a professional author for over a decade, I know deadlines wait or no one. I’ve written in airports, hotels, parking lots, at conferences…
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I talk to my characters. I talk to my dog. I talk to imaginary friends. I talk to voices in my head. I even answer for them sometimes. As a writer, we are allowed to be eccentric and a little out there. Anyone else they’d probably think were crazy.
What advice would you give other writers?
I think I am the best method of promoting my books — getting out there and talking with readers. Having a personal website and newsletter they can go to for content and information. No one is going to be as passionate as I am about my books.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I’m a hybrid author. I’ve been with New York “big” publishers, with small press and e-first publishers, and now I’ve embraced indie. You have to change with the times and make decisions that are right for you. I love the control self-pub and indie give me!
New authors: Do your research. We’ve all were new once and you have to do the legwork if you want to make it in this business. There is no magic pill. Trust me, we pro authors have been looking for years, lol.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think it will be ever changing and evolving. It’s both an exciting and scary time to be an author.
What do you use?: Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer
What genres do you write?: Dragon-Shifter Romance, Paranormal Romance, Sci-Fi Romance, Futuristic Romance, Historical Romance, Contemporary Romance, Fantasy Romance, Dark Paranormal Romance
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print, Audiobook
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