MY INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR MICHELLE BROWN!
What’s your name and what genre would you consider your books to be?
Michelle: I’m Michelle Brown. I write a little of everything right now, but my first two were mafia/romantic suspense.
Tell me about your book. How did you come up with that (story, angle, idea)?
Michelle: Pretty Killer was my first published book. I came up with it while I was sitting in front of my computer. I don’t outline well at all. I knew I wanted to have my ethnicity in the book, and as a reader I needed to have a strong female character.
How did you get interested in writing this particular genre (historical novels, mysteries, sci-fi, children’s books, etc.)?
Michelle: I have always loved mafia. Next to dark romance it’s one of my go-to’s.
What kind of research did you do for this book?
Michelle: I researched everything. I remember looking up different weapons, cigar cutters, and the sounds certain things make when being cut and stabbed.
Can you tell me about your Series?
Michelle: Let’s see, this is a story about one woman being thrown into a role she was groomed for but she’s still so naive on the world and how she feels/grows along the way.
Do you have a favorite book out of this series?
Michelle: The Reaper. I have loved Tony from the beginning and this one is more of how he became who he is.
Where did you get the inspiration/idea for your series?
Michelle: I’m a hispanic woman, and I needed a female in charge. I was writing a blurb and it just came to me.
Was it always meant to become a series?
Michelle: Not at all. I didn’t decide on that until I was actually writing. I’m strange, I figure out my ending first then I work my way to that ending.
What’s a typical working day like for you? When and where do you write? Do you set a daily writing goal?
Michelle: Typical? I technically write full time. My normal day though involves a ton of procrastination. I have a five year old home with me every day so it starts with Little Einsteins, with me writing a bit here and there. I aim for one thousand words a day.
Do you have a new book in the making and if so, what’s the name of your upcoming book?
Michelle: I do. I have three actually. My next one is DIAMOND B!TCH which is a spin off standalone of the La Asesina Bonita duet (Pretty Killer and The Reaper)
How important are character names to you in your books? Is there a special meaning to any of the names?
Michelle: Some of their names are important to me, while others were chosen on a whim. Amalia Erika was named after two of my closest friends, a couple of places and names were picked based on my beta readers.
Where do your ideas come from?
Michelle: I have yet to figure that out. Honestly, I just sit at my computer and start typing.
Is there a genre that you’ve been wanting to experiment with?
Michelle: I would love to do something in the PNR/Fantasy genre. My first step in that is The Hunted (released in the When The Dark Wins anthology)
What is the hardest part of writing for you?
Michelle: The blurb writing. I hate it with a passion.
What do you think of book trailers? Do you have a trailer or do you intend to create one for your own book?
Michelle: I have never really watched them as a reader but I do have one for my duet. I absolutely love that one.
What do you consider to be your best accomplishment?
Michelle: Outside of my family? My first published book. I still can’t believe I actually wrote, published, and sold a book.
What’s the best thing about being an author?
Michelle: For me it’s reading the reviews and hearing that someone loves what I have wrote.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
Michelle: Making a killing at writing, and vacationing in South Africa.
Have you always liked to write?
Michelle: I have.
What writing advice do you have for aspiring authors?
Michelle: Do it. Take a chance on it. Find your tribe and don’t listen to anyone that brings you down. Also, invest in alcohol.
If you didn’t like writing books, or weren’t any good at it, what would you like to do for a living?
Michelle: I’m also a personal assistant so I would do that.
Do you read reviews of your book(s)? Do you respond to them, good or bad? How do you deal with the bad?
Michelle: I read every single review; good or bad. I use the bad ones to help me strive for better. The good ones I read when I want to call it quits. I do respond to some. I’m very hands on though.
What is your least favourite part of the writing / publishing process?
Michelle: The blurb writing and the marketing. I suck at both.
What are you working on now?
DIAMOND B!TCH, an anthology piece that I can’t talk about yet, and a co-write.
Can you give us a few tasty morsels from your work-in-progress?
Michelle: Sure! Don’t judge on the editing though, I have an amazing editor that makes it readable.
I don’t know what he means by the command. I really don’t want to know, but I know that I will. Closing my eyes, I hear him pulling the door closed behind him. There is a scuffling noise beside me, I know it’s one of the men, but I’m not sure which and I refuse to open my eyes to find out. I feel the slight pinch on my arm again, I know it must be how they are moving me without a fight. It’s not as strong as it was on the flight here though. I can feel them moving me, I just can’t make my limbs cooperate enough to fight back.
“Ostav’ nas,” directs the man.
I can’t understand what he said. It makes no difference though, I can feel my arms being pulled above me when the door closes. Rolling my head to the side, I take in the man. My vision is already clearing from whatever they have injected me with.
“I am Dmitri. You and I will get to know each other very well,” he whispers in my ear.
Why did you choose to write in your genre? If you write in more than one, how do you balance them?
Michelle: I have no clue, at this point I’m just winging it.
Where did your love of books come from?
Michelle: I have always loved to read. I was reading Jane Austen when I was eight.
Do you have any favorite authors or favorite books?
Michelle: How much time do you have? I love the classics: Jane Erye, Wuthering Heights, Pride and Prejudice; Dark Romance like Mr X by Clarissa Wild, and so many more. I read any genre.
Of all the characters you have created, which is your favourite and why?
Michelle: Amalia. She is the most hated character in the duet but she means so much to me. Amalia has the most bits and pieces of me woven into her story.
Does writing energize or exhaust you?
Michelle: It energizes me. I get so caught up in my little world.
What is your writing Kryptonite?
Michelle: Hmmm, I don’t know really.
Do you try more to be original or to deliver to readers what they want?
Michelle: I try my hardest to be original but some days I feel like it has all been said and done before.
What other authors are you friends with, and how do they help you become a better writer?
Michelle: I have a ton of friends that are authors. Dani Rene, Natalie Bennett, Yolanda Olson, Jennifer Bene, Clarissa Wild, and more. They are wonderful, Each of them help me in their own way, just by reading what I wrote, motivating me to keep going, and just being there to lean on.
If you were writing a book about your life, what would the title be?
Michelle: Winging It With A Romance and Mayhem.
What question have you always wanted to be asked in an interview? How would you answer that question?
Michelle: What made you decide to write?
Answer: My husband told me I could. He said “just think if you wrote a book and it was someone’s favorite or made them feel what you wanted them to.”
Where can your fans find you and follow??
Michelle: Well they could stalk me personally on Facebook…
Reader Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/michellesmistresses/
Thank you for taking your time to do this interview ❤️