The wonderful Michelle Roth nominated me to participate in this blog hop. I’m so excited to take part. Thank you for stopping by! Here is a little about Michelle:
Michelle Roth is a novelist from Los Angeles, California. When she’s not disappearing into foreign lands, or making two perfect strangers that she invented fall in love, she’s probably curled up somewhere with a glass of wine and a good book.
In her spare time she is typically hanging out with her awesome boyfriend and their two equally awesome cats. She likes taking road trips to nowhere in particular, cooking elaborate meals then making other people do the dishes, and being nerdy on the internet. Her books are currently available on http://www.bookstrand.com/michelle-roth
Now, before we get to the fun stuff, those little tidbits about my writing and what makes me tick, here’s a little about me:
I grew up in New Jersey, a short drive outside of Manhattan. I was a busy kid, always somewhere doing something. Dance, gymnastics, swimming, you name it. Yes, I was one of those kids who didn’t come home until it was dinner time, played with friends on the street, rode bikes like it was going out of style. My best friend and I used to “produce” our own movies and play wizards and witches on the playground at school. I’ve always had an imagination that ran wild, and when I was in my pre-teens, I finally put all those outlandish ideas packed in my head to good use. I started writing stories, horror/thriller stories, when I was eleven. Romance wasn’t even a consideration until I was in my early twenties. When I made the cross from horror to romance, I discovered exactly what I should have been writing all along, and I’ve been writing romance ever since.
Now, I live in Florida with my husband and our two children. I write everyday, as much as time allows. My ultimate goal is to write full-time, and I’m hoping there will come a day when I can make that transition to obtain my dream. My books are available at http://www.bookstrand.com/rhea-regale and http://www.bookstrand.com/leah-blake.
Let’s get down to the nitty-gritty.
1) What are you working on?
The answer to this depends on the day 🙂 Right now, I’m working on book 7 of the Boys of Sinn Island series under a new pseudonym, Leah Blake. I have book eight in the mixer. I also have a new paranormal series I’m working on, which will be another ManLove series under Leah, and I’m trying to plot out the first four or five books. Anyone who knows me knows plotting and I have a love-hate relationship.
2) How does your work differ from others in your genre?
I am a sucker for deep emotion and troubled characters. I love to evoke emotions in my readers. I also want my readers to cheer my characters on, rooting for their happy-ever-after. Some of my writing edges on the side of dark and gritty, but there is always a happily ever after. Lately, however, I’ve been writing a little lighter. Sinn Island is fun, carefree, and a dream getaway, even if the characters are layered with conflict and dark pasts. Even the uber rich have issue to deal with. Money doesn’t buy everything. It’s a unique place with a unique group of visitors, which makes it…unique 🙂
3) Why do you write what you write?
I write what the characters want me to write. I’m writing ManLove for Siren right now, but I’ve written ménage, both paranormal and contemporary, and I’ve written traditional MF erotic romance. I write what I feel is important for me to write, what I’m connecting with most at the time. If I can’t connect with my characters, the story becomes flawed and hollow. I’m not happy with it, and I don’t expect my readers to be happy with it, hence why it wouldn’t go out. Sinn Island has sucked me in, and I foresee writing many stories in this series.
4) How does your writing process work?
My writing process isn’t really anything routine or special. With little ones running around, I write when I have the opportunity to write. Unfortunately, that’s usually during the night when everyone’s asleep. I am most productive when I have at least an hour or two of uninterrupted time to get into the groove and let the juices flow. I try to write chronologically because I don’t usually plot. I’ve found when I do plot, the story doesn’t stay on track. Nine out of ten times, it goes in a completely different direction. Trying to force a story to stay on track is a losing battle.