1. Concilium, your debut novel, was just released last Friday. What is the novel's premise?
Les, the main character, nearly hits an animal one night driving home from a friend’s house. It’s unlike any animal she’s ever seen. When she gets out of her car to check on the animal, she hears whispering in the woods lining the road. Spooked, she hurries to her car and drives away thinking she’s left the animal and the people whispering in the forest behind. How wrong she is! Believing she saw them when she saw the animal, the Whisperers begin to hunt Les before she can tell anyone about them.
2. What inspired you to write Concilium? Have you always been a fan of Urban fantasy and horror?
I can’t pinpoint any one time or event that inspired me to write Concilium. The idea just came to me slowly. I’ve always been a fan of certain types of horror movies. Although, I’m not a big fan of slasher films. I don’t like gore without a good plot line to go with it.
3. Who are some of your favorite horror novelists?
The odd thing is, I don’t read much horror. I tend to read thrillers and mysteries. There isn’t a horror novelist that I read regularly, but I like V.C. Andrews, Dean Koontz, Anne Rice and Stephen King.
But, honestly, I don’t buy books based solely on the author. I try to give the book a chance based on the jacket copy and first chapter. It’s what I hope readers will do for my books, so I try to do it for other authors. I’ve found some really great books from authors I didn’t know that way.
4. Who are your favorite fantasy novelists?
I like Tolkien, JK Rowling, Stephenie Meyer, Frank Baum, A.A. Milne, J.M. Barrie and C.S. Lewis to name a few.
5. While writing Concilium, did you find yourself rereading any particular novel for creative guidance?
No. I try to stay away from the genre I’m writing in. I don’t want anything to influence my writing, even subconsciously. I do read a lot of books on writing and editing while I’m writing and I read books in other genres.
6. If you weren't a writer, what other profession would you like to attempt?
Well, I graduated college with a 4.0 in accounting and computer science so I’d probably be working in that field. But if I could pick any career I wanted, I’d be a professional photographer for a publication—either a newspaper or a magazine.
7. Do you have a favorite quote about writing?
Yes, actually, I have two.
If there's a book you really want to read, but it hasn't been written yet, then you must write it. ~Toni Morrison
What I like in a good author is not what he says, but what he whispers. ~Logan Pearsall Smith.
8. The sequel to Concilium, Concilium: The Departure, is finished. When can expect to be able to read it?
It is scheduled to be released in November. I don’t have a specific date yet.
9. As writers, we are constantly thinking about language and word choice. What is your favorite word?
Hmm, that’s an interesting question. I’ve never really given it any thought. My mother reads all my work before I send it out on submission. If you were to ask her this question she would answer: Plopped. She teases me that everyone “plops” in my books. They plop on the bed or in a chair. They plop things down on the table and so on. I don’t think it’s as bad as she makes it out to be. :)
Thank you, Emma, for having me on your blog today. I appreciate you opening it up to me and letting me talk a little about Concilium. I’ve enjoyed answering your questions. Thank you so much for having me!
Michelle has been an avid reader since a young child. She began writing for personal enjoyment in college, where she graduated Summa Cum Laude with a degree in accounting. Realizing that sitting in a cubicle all day was a form of cruel and unusual punishment, she decided to do what she really wanted to—share her passion for reading and writing with others.
She wrote her debut novel Concilium in 2010. The sequel,Concilium: The Departure soon followed.
Michelle was born and raised in Michigan. She now resides in a small community outside Houston, Texas with her husband, four children, a 125-pound lap dog and a very grumpy cockatiel.
She writes adult and young adult Sci-Fi and urban fantasy romance.
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