This week Harlequin Nocturne author (and my local chapter mate) Michele Hauf steps into the Author Spotlight to share a little about herself, her writing, her most recent releases… and she’s giving away a signed set of SEDUCING THE VAMPIRE and FOREVER VAMPIRE to one lucky commenter! (*US only)
Michele, wonderful to have you with us today! Tell us a little about your latest story, FALLEN? What inspired it?
It features Cooper, a fallen angel hero on a quest to find his halo (so he can stay on earth as a mortal) and Pyx, the Sinistari demon heroine who has come to earth to slay the angel. It's the second in my Of Angels & Demons series, and I had a great time pairing the opposites of angel and demon. I'm always inspired by opposites.
What are your favorite genres? Least favorites?
I love paranormal romance and urban fantasy, and I like some gentle horror once in a while. Nothing too serial killer-like or gory. Vampires and werewolves are best for horror. I also love a lot of nonfiction, and will read anything about neurology and the brain. I like brains. :-)
When the writing is done, how do you kick back to relax?
Ahhh, well, do I relax? I don't think I do. I always have a few stories going at once, so when I finish one, I just pick up the other I've had going and get back into that. I really do need a 'kick back' ritual. Anyone got a ritual to suggest?
What’s your favorite flavor of romance? (Sweet? Spicy?) Do your tastes vary when it comes to reading versus writing?
It varies. I don't think I like sweet, because I like relationships to depict sex between the characters, but sometimes I'm in the mood for a few kisses and you know they went to have sex behind that closed door, and other times, well, I like to know what's going on behind that closed door. ;-)
What’s something about you that would shock your readers to know?
I recently gave up sugar. A former chocoholic, I no longer need chocolate to survive. Seriously. I can stare down a piece of milk chocolate and that sucker will melt before I even have the desire to touch it. I know. That's just freaking' weird!
What are your thoughts on social networking? Do you get your chatty on…or are you more about necessary updates?
I like the social thing. As a writer, my job consists of sitting before the computer all day. So if I'm right there anyway, why not do the online social thing? I need a little break during the day so it's fun to check into Facebook and Twitter. And I always try to answer all the emails I get, so feel free to email me!
When you write, how many projects do you generally have going at once?
Two or three, usually. And it really depends on my schedule. Sometimes I have to work on more than one book, and other times, if I don't have something due for months, I can be more leisurely and focus on one project. It works for me, and sometimes I really need to step away from the current project because I just can' t come up with anything new, so to pick up another story and dive into it is the best way to reignite my creativity.
How do you manage your ideas for new stories before you’re able to really sit down and work on them?
Dreamwork. Seriously. I start with a hero an heroine I'd like to pair, and then dream about them. If the dream takes off and over a series of nights, I imagine a story for them, then I know it's something I want to write. Then, when I start to write, I'll take a few weeks or a month to just do stream-of-thought writing and get that whole dream story out of my head and onto the page.
What appeals to you most about writing Category? What drew you to your current line?
Nocturne is the only paranormal romance line in category, and I do love me some vampires, so it was an obvious choice. And actually, my editor asked me to be a launch author for the line, knowing that the first book I had ever published, Dark Rapture, had been vampire romance, so it was great to get back to writing paranormal.
What inspires you?
Pictures! I'm very visual. And if I see a pic of a sexy guy online I can weave a story for him. I might be paging through a magazine and something will catch my eye, and off my imagination goes. Also, music. I've alway said that driving is my muse. I get so many ideas, and can work out stories when I'm driving. I make a trip to a local Trader Joes (30 minute drive one way) once a week specifically to feed my muse (and to pick up dinner). :-)
Plot or Pants?
What’s the best piece of advice you have to offer to an aspiring author?
Write! Always write. And then write some more.
What has been the biggest obstacle in your writing career?
GEtting over my bad self. :-) Learning that I have no need to compare myself to any other writer, nor to expect what others get or do not get. I just need to focus on my career, and keep myself happy. I works for me!
Michele, thank you so much for joining us today!
Michele Hauf has a stacked release schedule through the first half of ‘11, so keep your eye open for:
FALLEN - March 22nd
FOREVER VAMPIRE - April 19th
ROGUE ANGEL: THE OTHER CROWD - May
THIS GLAMOUROUS EVIL (Noc Bites) - July
ASHES OF ANGELS - July 19th
FOREVER VAMPIRE hits bookstores on April 19th.
Blurb: Vail the Unwanted is a pureblood vampire. But raised in Faery, he has neither home nor peace, and when his aid is sought in the recovery of a priceless diamond gown, his price is information. Specifically the whereabouts of his accursed father. His goal is revenge, and the supernaturally sexy Lyric, the icy blond vampiress with whom he must work, is a distraction he can't afford.
Outwardly as cold as the diamond dress in which she was kidnapped, Lyric has her own secrets. Desperate to break free from her criminal family, she aligns herself with the brooding Vail. Together they seek justice while each secretly works for freedom and a fresh start. For Lyric that means holding herself apart, even from the smoldering blue-eyed Vail. For Vail, it means a battle to the death for revenge—and for a temptress he can't deny.
"Vampires, shifters, and faeries—oh my! Michele Hauf is a master of them all!" — Kerrelyn Sparks
For more info about Michele's books stop by her website: michelehauf.com
To view a book trailer for FOREVER VAMPIRE: http://www.youtube.com/user/michelehauf#p/a
extra site: clubscarlet.michelehauf.com