Hello and welcome!
Today I have the Author of All Things Romance™, Michelle M. Pillow. You might have heard me mention her name a few times. In March I had Sir Aidan, one of the Dragon Lords in Divinity Warriors series, over for a chat. It was hard to choose, because all the warriors in her series are my book boyfriends. Then in April one of her narrators, awesome Rebecca Cook, came for a chat.
As long as she can remember, Michelle has had a strange fascination with anything supernatural and sci-fi. After discovering historical romance novels, it was only natural that the supernatural and love/romance elements should someday meet in her wonderland of a brain. She’s glad they did for their children have been pouring onto the computer screen ever since. Michelle loves to travel and try new things, whether it’s a paranormal investigation of an old Vaudeville Theatre or climbing Mayan temples in Belize. She’s addicted to movies and used to drive her mother crazy while quoting random scenes with her brother. Though it has yet to happen, her dream is to be in a horror movie as 1. A zombie or 2. The expendable screaming chick who gets it in the beginning credits. But for the most part she can be found writing in her office with a cup of coffee in pajama pants. Michelle is a multi-published, award winning author writing in many romance fiction genres including futuristic, paranormal, historical, contemporary, fantasy and dark paranormal.
She is a #1 Amazon Bestselling Author, has been on the Amazon bestseller list multiple times, nominated for the Romantic Times Lifetime Achievement Award 2011, the winner of the 2006 RT Reviewers’ Choice Award, nominated for the 2007 RT Award, a Brava Novella Contest Finalist and a PAN member of RWA.
Michelle is a journalist for Paranormal Underground Magazine. She has a BGS in History/Business with an English Minor, and a Photography degree. In 2009 she and fellow author Mandy M. Roth started their own highly successful self-publishing endeavor named The Raven Books. Michelle is a journalist/photographer for Paranormal Underground Magazine.
Michelle has titles published with The Raven Books, Pocket Books, Random House, Virgin Books, Adam’s Media, Entangled Publishing, Samhain Publishing, Running Press and more.
Do you have a nickname?
Manfriend calls me Michi. He’s the only one, though.
What is one word best describes you?
Not sure. Hard to say. I would love to say mysterious, or ninja, or kick ass, or RAWR!!…in reality it’s probably “adorable” or “work-a-holic” or something. LOL
What makes you laugh out loud?
Myself. I always laugh at myself. I’m a goof, and I’m always joking around.
What is your favourite smell? What does it remind you of?
Vanilla. It reminds me of baking.
Favourite place to spend time in.
Kitchen, but only if someone else is cooking and I’m stealing food. I should have probably said something romantic like “in manfriend’s arms”. But really, it’s the kitchen thing.
Is there a genre that you refuse to read?
Not a genre, per se, but anything that promotes hate.
Writing! What started it?
I love telling stories. I used to do it with my camera, and never thought writing would be a career. I’m so very glad it is, and am incredibly grateful for my readers who have supported me all these years.
I am sure your fans would agree with me when I say we are glad you share your wonderful worlds with us.
If you could choose another career what would it be?
Travel Photographer. I still daydream about that sometimes, but really I love my job as an author. I wouldn’t give it up for anything.
Audiobooks! What started them?
This was a matter of seizing an opportunity when it arose. ACX and Audible.com came up with a platform for authors to commission talent and producers to make audio books, and gave us a venue to distribute them. I jumped on the chance and haven’t looked back.
I am glad you did, I love audiobooks.
Does your work convey a specific emotion or message?
It depends on the book. I have nearly 100 titles now. Hopefully it makes the reader feel something—fear, love, anger, happiness. And most of the time I hope to make the reader laugh, again depending on the book.
From the ones I listened to, I think you succeeded and your books have overall 4 or 5-star reviews.
Who is your intended audience and why should they read your books?
My books are romances intended for adults who like romance and drama and laughing and overcoming obstacles—both internally and externally. I really hope anyone who likes a good escape into fictional romance gives one of my books a try. What can I say, I love a happy ending.
What is next in your writing?
I’m currently working on several reader favorite series: Dragon Lord, Captured by a Dragon-Shifter, Warlocks MacGregor, and Lords of the Abyss. There are also some anthology collections in the works with some very talented authors that I am thrilled to be working with.
I am looking forward to listen/read to more of your books. I have a lot to catch up.
Thank you for taking the time to come for a chat. I enjoyed the chat a lot.
Thanks for having me!
Hope you enjoyed the chat and learned a little more about Michelle. If you are new to her books, I urge you to try them, there is a lot of yummy to choose from.
She loves talking with readers on social media. Check the links where you can find out more about her books, chat (say hello from me, if you do 😉 ) and keep up to date of what is coming next.
You can join Michelle’s Pillow Fighters Fan Club to get news before anybody else and chat with Michelle and the other Pillow Fighters 😉
Would you apply to Galaxy Bride Corporation?
Me? In a heartbeat 😉 I love dragon shifters.
To start you on the journey into her book world, Ms. Pillows is giving away “Dragon Lords: Perfect Prince” audiobook (I love this book, 5 stars from me) to a lucky reader chosen by Sexy Mr. Random from the comments after 3pm EST Monday, August 31, 2015. GOOD LUCK!
Until next time read a book, listen to a book and don’t forget to show your love by leaving a review!