I have completed my interview with Michele Hauf which was one of the writers who completed the Loves First Bite box set. Click HERE to read the book review that I did on it. Thank you for taking the time to do the interview with me and I look forward to reading some of your books that will be coming out later in the year.
How long have you know that you wanted to be a writer?
I’ve been writing now since the early 90s. Never really wanted to BE a writer but I’ve always had stories in my head. Like long elaborate stories I tell myself over days and weeks, so I guess it was natural that evolved into writing.
What type books do you typically enjoy reading when you have the time to do so?
Nonfiction! Lots of historical stuff associated with 17th and 18th century France/Paris. I also read natural histories and have a stack of books on my bedside now about jewel thieves and heists. Love that stuff.
What made you choose to coauthor the “Love’s First Bite” with the other authors and how would you describe the experience of working with the other authors?
Vivi Anna invited us to do this along with her, and I do love working with Vivi. We’ve done a few things together before. And each of the authors has a vampire romance story in the antho that is well-worth reading. Great stuff!
How long did it take you to write your portion of the “Love’s First Bite” box set?
A short story of about 40K words takes about two months for me to get right. But you know, it can stretch longer if I’m not on a deadline. Whenever it feels right, it’s done.
What one word would you use to describe the type of writer that you are?
Who is your biggest supporter and why?
myself. If I’m not here to cheer myself on, then it won’t really matter if anyone else does, will it? 😉
Who is your favorite author and how have they inspired you to become the writer that you are today?
It varies all the time. But I can say I discovered Anne Rice when I was writing my first vampire romance, Dark Rapture. I really like how she mingles history with modern times and her lush details.
Are you self-published and if so can you tell us some of the pros and cons that you deal with on a daily basis with it?
Some of my stuff is self-pubbed. I like that I can work with a big publisher, Harlequin, and also do stuff on the side and publish it myself. I can have my cake and eat it too! The pros of self-pubbing is the control, and I am a control freak. I love making my own covers and creating the interior pages for books. Very satisfying to hold that finished product in my hands. THe cons are that I have to do all my marketing and promotion and that is a LOT of work.
What other books do you currently have in the works that you would like to share with us?
My next books come out this fall, back to back. In September there is BEYOND THE MOON (which features probably my favorite hero. ever.) and in October I have GHOST WOLF. They will be bound in a double book for bookstores, but I believe you can buy them apart online. And I’m working on a short story about Ian Grim, which is titled ALL THINGS DARK AND DEAD which I also hope to have out this fall (self-pubbed). And after that I’ve 3 more Nocturnes I’m contracted for with Harlequin, most of which are about the Saint-Pierre family (which started with Blu and Creed).
What advice would you give to other writers that are just starting out?
Write. Write some more. And write some more.