Today I'm talking with author Michele Richard. Michele is the author of several books in the genres of Young Adult, Science Fiction and Contemporary Romance. You can learn more about Michele's books, where to buy them and how to connect with her at the end of the interview.
An Interview with Author
Michele Richard is the proud mother of 2 daughters. Married since 1997 to a wonderful husband, who for 25 years has been her best friend and supporter. Author of Mocked by Destiny, Mocked by Faith, Mocked by Faith ~ Healing the Faith, Life is More Than Candy Hearts (Changes of the Heart), and Parasouls ~ Divine Intervention
Briefly describe the novels you have written and the genre(s) that you write in.
Parasouls ~ Divine Intervention - Science Fiction / Romance
Shane Bradley has no choice, but to serve the P.A.C.T. as a parasouls headhunter. Angelique Collette has only known the freedoms of the underground tunnels she was raised in. Born different from humans, their abilities cannot be hidden.
When these two parasouls from opposing sides are divinely connected in a single strike of lighting, can they survive each other?
Can love conquer all when you’re supposed to hate the one soul you cannot live without?
Changes of the Heart (The Candy Collection anthology - Life is More Than Candy Hearts) - Contemporary / Romance
When you're left with nothing at all, all you have left is to rebuild. Can losing everything bring two people together to make a new family?
Gabe lost his family on 9/11 and himself in the process. Juliette was left homeless with a small child after the child's father abandoned them.
Will an icy collision bring these two to a happily ever after or are they too broken?
Mocked by Destiny (2nd edition)
For Stella Richards, life in the charming town of
is not as
magical as one would think. Sun, fun, and sand only guarantee one thing:
unwanted visitors. Virginia Beach
Stefan Sterling lives life never knowing where he will end up next. Bouncing from one Military base to another has hampered his ability to connect to those around him.
A family curse verses a loving abnormality promises to keep Stella and Stefan on their toes. Was it an accident or could it be destiny? Will they be able to survive their families? And, is there ever a time when you can fully let go of the person who awoke your soul?
A story of love, sacrifice, and growing up before it's time
What inspired you to write your first novel and/or become a novelist?
Mocked by Destiny was actually born on the beach it is set in. I was on a family vacation with my family and the idea hit me. My daughter was nice enough to give up her notebook so I could write my heart out while sitting on the sands of
. Virginia Beach
What made you choose to self-publish?
I don’t really self -publish. My Mocked by Series was picked up by The Writer’s Coffee Shop and they released three in the series. After opening my own publishing house, I decided to move them under RenaissanceRomance Publishing. My books - like anyone else who submits - have to be approved just as any other author’s would.
When naming your characters, do you choose names at random or does each character's name have a meaning to the story?
Some have special meanings to me, others I just fell in love with. One of my characters Jobian actually came from a man I’d met while working on a film I’d done in
Stella was actually my nickname by a special friend. And countless others I
could tell you about, but I don’t want to bore your readers. Boston
How much does your upbringing and/or lifestyle today influence your writing?
I’d say quite a bit. Even in my contemporary romances you can see my Christian side slipping through. I also prefer my men to be alpha males, which is spoken heavily about in the bible. I don’t preach in my writing though. I leave a person’s faith to them.
How long does it usually take you to write a novel?
6-12 weeks for a full length, and roughly 2-3 weeks for a short novel.
Do you schedule your writing time or write at random times?
WAIT! We’re not supposed to write all the time. Only kidding. Sort of. Seriously I write a lot. I don’t schedule it though. In a usual day I can get a good solid 6 hours of writing done.
Which of your novels are you the most proud of, and why?
I’d have to say Mocked by Destiny. It was first. I learned so much about myself as I wrote. And the message it sends to inform teens the realistic facts of being a teen mom gives a great purpose.
If a mainstream publisher offered you a publishing contract, would you want it?
I guess it would depend on the contract. Right now: we have a wonderful team at Renaissance Romance that nurtures our author’s creativity. If the purposed contract was stiffening and constrictive - probably not. I’ve always refused to be a formula writer. That’s my preference.
Are there any self-published authors whose books you enjoy reading?
There’s quite a few. Though today those lines are blurred as more and more authors use their own private labels and many even choose vanity presses. Michal's Window by Rachelle Ayala was the last book I read a few weeks ago. Her fictional take on a bible story had me glued to my seat and holding my breath. I am going to be reading Stacy Eaton’s new release Whether I’ll live or die and
Melissa Foster’s Come Back
There are also house authors Lisa Bilbrey and Laura Braley who love to torture me with their upcoming books. I was fortunate to Read Lisa’s newest release Angel’s Heart and I couldn’t get through it fast enough. I had to know how it would end.
Novels/Stories by Michele Richard
Mocked by Faith ~ Affirming the Faith (TBR soon)
Connect with Michele Richard
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