I just completed my interview with A.K. Michaels, author of the book The Witch, The Wolf and The Vampire which was an interesting read and I think most people will definitely enjoy it. Thank you for taking the time to do the interview with us and I look forward to reading and reviewing more of your work in the future. Click HERE to read the book review that I did on for The Witch, The Wolf and The Vampire!
How did you come up with the idea for the book The Witch, The Wolf and The Vampire?
I was actually writing book four in my Defender’s Blood series of books when the characters flashed into my mind. At first I was going to add them into the book I was working on but sat and thought about it for a wee while – letting my mind roam over Peri’s character first and then Josef and Gabe’s and realised they really needed their own book as there are subtle differences in their world and I didn’t think they ‘fit’ in the Defender’s series. So I started to write it at the same time – when I got a flash of inspiration for WWV I would write that and vice versa.
How long did it take you to complete the book from start to finish?
About six weeks – I don’t plan, outline, or anything like that – my mind comes up with everything and when I start typing it just kinda flows out – quickly.
Have you written any other books in the past that you would like to share with us?
Oh gosh – ALL of them lol! My first book ever was Defender’s Blood Alex’s Destiny and that series now has six in it. When I first sat down to start it I wasn’t really sure where it would all lead. At that time I had no plans for publishing. It’s about a woman who has a very special destiny but she’s unaware of it as her mother and grandmother were killed when she was very young. A Witch has a vision about her and the Supernaturals Council sends their top guy – a very old Vampire called Zach to protect her and he takes her back to their base where they eventually find everything out – and it’s a huge shock to her. About as big a shock as it is to be face to face with a Vampire, Wolves, Witches – she hadn’t any contact with Supers before then and of course there is the bigger shock of her feelings for the Vampire!! I’ve got another series too – Sabrina’s Vampire – which started life as an erotica novella! Then one of my lovely readers said they would like to read more about the characters and my mind just took a swerve and book 2 was in my head! That’s the lovely Colette – she gives me great feedback on everything she reads which is fab.
Is The Witch, The Wolf and The Vampire a standalone book or will it be a part of a series?
It’s book 1 in the series – book 2 is finished and just waiting on my editor to fit it in.
Who is your biggest supporter and why?
There are two – one of my daughters and my husband. Our daughter is the one that pushed me to actually do something with the things I was writing and I am so glad she did! My husband is very supportive, if a little bemused lol. He had no idea I had all these weird and wondering things inside my head and continually asks – “But where do you get the ideas from?” obviously expecting me to give a down to earth answer. I don’t have one – the words, themes, stories appear in my mind and I sit sift through them and sort them into some semblance of order then type them out.
Do you do your own book covers or have someone else design them for you?
I’ve got a guy, Nik from BookBeaver.co.uk who does them for me.
What other ventures are you currently working on that you would like to share with us?
I’ve started book 3 in Sabrina’s Vampire, Hunted, and I don’t want to give too much away on that one lol. I also have another completely new series I want to get started plus, of course, WWV book 3!
What is your next goal that you have set for yourself as an author?
I would love to get my work ‘out there’ so more folks can read and hopefully enjoy my work. Plus get the new series started – I’m really looking forward to that!
Do you have a favorite author and how have they inspired the writer that you are today?
I’m not sure about inspiration but I do love the In Death series of books by J D Robb – a strong flawed female lead with an absolute dream of a guy – Roarke! I’m a little in love with him – only a little though! I also like Robert B Parker and the Spenser novels, I love the character of Hawk in that series.
What advice would you give to other authors that are just starting out?
My only advice would be – write! Don’t put it off like I did, even if you have to work a day job, try and write a bit each week and before you know it you’ll be there with a completed work. It is such a rush – that feeling when you have finished something – there’s no other feeling like it. So don’t think you can’t – think you can!