I’ll be doing tons of posts over the next few weeks about my upcoming book, IF YOU LEAVE. So I thought I’d take a break from talking about myself (haha) to talk about someone awesome.
Over the past year, I’ve come to know a super-sweet author, Michelle Nicole. She’s pretty awesome and I can’t wait for you to meet her. She’s here today to share a little bit about her debut novel, Soul Survivor.
Can you give me your two to three sentence elevator pitch for Soul Survivor?
Soul Survivor is about Hailee, a young country girl, who quickly learns she’s the last of her kind, angels really do exist AND she’s smack dab in the middle of a curse, HER curse–to choose Light or Darkness. Nothing is black and white and no matter which way she turns someone will die and that’s just not an option. She’s pushed to her limits and forced to sacrifice it all for the greater good.
Can you describe yourself in five words?
Tall, crazy, friendly, dorky, ambitious
That’s funny, because that’s almost exactly how I would describe myself. You’re a tax accountant by day and a writer by night. What made you decide to write Soul Survivor?
That’s a great question. Honestly, it all started back in late 2010/early 2011–I’d just raced through a bunch of indie reads on my PC (because I didn’t have a kindle yet.)
I’d been writing a few stories just for my own personal entertainment when it dawned on me, I think I’d like to write a book and PUBLISH it. I wanted to have an opportunity to touch people the way authors have touched me with their stories–find a way to make a difference, leave a good mark on this world. Then the premise for SS came to me–with so much crappiness in the world what would it be like to be able to change the world on a big scale (cause we all have the opportunity to do so on a small scale) and so it started. I love angel books and so I went with that angle and next thing I knew I had sexy angels, a determined young woman, and all sorts of mayhem racing through my mind. It hasn’t stopped since…and believe me sometimes its hard to concentrate on tax returns when your mind is running into far off adventurous places.
Is there a character in your book that you feel closest to? Why?
Hailee most definitely. I feel incredibly close to her on so many levels. She has a lot of my heart and soul and like I just mentioned, the entire inspiration for this book was based on how much I’d like to change the world. She makes me cry a lot, especially recently with working on book two of the series, Soul Searcher. Writing her story has taught me so much about myself.
Are you a plotter or a pantser?
I’m a pantser which is hilarious if you know how completely OCD I am in everything else I do. I do organize the story after the fact and once enough scenes are written I tend to know where the big picture is going. That being said in Soul Survivor I was pretty surprised who Hailee ends up with. She and her male hottie of choice both threw me for a loop.
Can you tell me a little about what you’re working on now?
I’ve got so many WIPs started (9 to be exact-3 of which will be series) I could publish a book a month if I had time to write them (that pesky work business always gets in the way.)
That being said, I have been focusing most of my energy on book two of the Hybrid Chronicles, Soul Searcher
along with a New Adult Contemporary Romance tentatively titled Blurred Lines
. BL is a very risky book for me. I’m about to seriously step out of my comfort zone and tackle controversial subject. I was really afraid to write this story but after a little inspiration and a gentle nudge from a book blogger (Delphina) that I met at UTOPYA I knew I had to pull up my big girl panties and trudge on. So, I am. And so far, I’m loving it.
Who is your favorite book boyfriend?
Gah! Hardest question ever! How about a top 5? I LOVE M. Leighton’s Cash–he gets me hot and bothered every time and then there’s Pax–thank you so much for introducing me to him, Courtney–I love his roughness and nothing gets me like a bad ass with a heart of gold and he has one. *sigh* Then, there’s Nathan from Tiffany King’s No Attachments
–bike ride anyone?
I heart Paulina Ulrich’s Damon–another one of those smooth talking tough guys with big heart and finally Daniel the Demon from Michelle Muto’s Don’t Fear the Reaper
…I love me a do-gooding smexy demon. Oh, and how could I forget Jennifer Armentrout’s Daemon from the Lux series. He makes me drool. So yeah, I’ve got a thing for bad boys and clearly the accountant CAN’T count…that’s six not five.
If you could only eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be?
I love food so I really had to think this question through. I’d say my Mom’s homemade baked mac and cheese. It’s freaking awesome and yeah, I’d go for that over anything chocolate and I LOVE chocolate.
Ok, here’s some rapid fire questions.
Basketball or Hockey? Hockey
Red or blue? Red
Ice cream or cake? Ice cream cake!
Bath or shower? Bath…bubbles anyone?
Lake or ocean? Ocean…but I’ll only put my feet in.
Day or night? Day.
Cat or dog? Both
Coffee or tea? Sweet tea beats coffee any day.
Michelle, thank you so much for being here today. You’re so sweet– I wish you the best of luck with everything that you do. I’ll be keeping an eye on you. I can’t wait to see you climb the charts.
Courtney, thank you so very much for having me. Being on your blog is incredibly surreal. Is this real life? Really? Are you sure? You know I’ve admired you forever! You were the third indie author I ever read…yes I remember weird things like that. I can even remember where I was when I read Every Last Kiss and how impressed I was with your “voice” and how you could weave such an intricate tale so easily. Thank you for making me feel like a rockstar! I heart you big time!
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