I’ve told you all about Michelle Dare’s latest release, Where I End, now it’s time to get personal with the author herself. She joins us today to show us a piece of her process and lay her guts on the page.
Michelle, thanks so much for letting me pick your brain! I won’t ask too many hard questions. Well, I’ll try. Okay, so I’m going for the throat! Hehe. This is Guts On The Page, after all! So let’s jump right in.
1.) Why do you write?
Because I love it and if I don’t, my characters will drive me crazy.
~Yeah, I know that feeling!
2.) What do you want people to take away from your books, first the fantasy, then the new adult?
I want them to be able to escape reality for a little bit and live in another world in my fantasy books. To feel what it’s like flying on the back of a dragon or being able to use magic. With my new adult books, I want to pull on the reader’s heartstrings and show them that even in the darkest hour love can survive.
~I hear you. And it’s great when you can combine all that in one genre.
3.) Where is your favorite place in the world? Favorite place to write? I love the Outer Banks in North Carolina. I would live there if I could. I don’t have a favorite place to write. It’s more of where I can keep an eye on the kids and dog while working.
~Ah, a chick after my own heart. Love that Salt Life on the beach!
4.) Do you listen to music when you write? If so, do you have playlists for your books? If not, what kind of music do you like to listen to?
No. If I do, I end up singing and dancing in my seat instead of writing. I listen to a little bit of everything.
~Yeah, when a song hits you just right, sometimes you just have to move!
5.) What or who was your inspiration for writing Where I End and Where I Am?
Cy from Where I End came to me in a dream and once he started talking, he didn’t stop until his story was told. After readers read Where I End they started asking for Parker’s story. Once he popped into my head, he never left. He’s such a different character from Cy but they each have powerful stories to tell.
~And we love them both! You tell their stories so well.
6.) And now a really tough question, which one do you love the most, Parker or Cy? Why? Bwahaha!
*Gasp* I don’t think I could pick a favorite. I love them equally. But I will say, even after Parker’s story was told, he never left my head. He talks to my other characters and jokes with them. He’s a lot of fun.
~He does seem like the type to have plenty to say.
7.) What drink do you have to have with you when you’re writing?
I don’t drink and normally don’t even have water near me. But I usually have a snack like chips or something.
8.) Do you prefer writing love scenes or fight scenes and why?
I enjoy writing fight scenes. The ones where the characters are arguing because they are packed full of emotion and I love writing down what’s going through their heads. The passion, the love, the hatred, whatever it is, the emotions are strong.
~Same here. A good fight runs the emotional gamut!
9.) Other than the people and fur babies in your life, what is one thing you cannot live without?
Lots! My SUV, phone, Kindle. Oh and chocolate! I have an obsession with Hershey Kisses and M&Ms.
10.) Do you have any further plans for books with Cy and Parker?
I don’t have plans to give them more of their own books but one day may write Blair’s book. I have her story in my head but also have a long list of other books to write as well.
And now we end with the rapid fire questions. Clear your mind and say the first thing that pops into your head.
~Music: loud or soft? Loud
~Hot drink: tea or coffee? Coffee
~Favorite genre to read? YA
~Favorite musical artist or band? Maroon 5
~Peanut butter or jelly? Neither
~Gordon Ramsey or Bobby Flay? Ramsey
~Celebrity crush? Jeremy Renner
Thanks for joining us, Michelle! Can’t wait to see what you come up with next!
Thank you so much!
Don’t forget to grab your copy of Where I Am!
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