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Monday, September 3, 2012

Interview: Michelle Clay

When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?

I grew up in a house full of readers and everyone’s tastes were so different. Horror for my brother, sci-fi and fantasy for my uncle and my mom adored romance and mystery. With that many influences, how could I not become a voracious reader? I devoured everything in the genres they read. Sometimes I would complain that a certain book hadn’t ended right or that the hero should have done something different for a more satisfying outcome. One day, after one of these rants, my grandmother said, “Why don’t you try writing your own?” I did and by the time I was in high school, I’d written my first novella. Writing felt good and it felt right. I knew, without a doubt this would be what I wanted to do when I grew up.

Where do you get your information or ideas for your books?

Inspiration is everywhere. It’s in our day to day lives, television, music, etc. Life, as they say, is stranger than fiction. A lot of times, I get inspired by a song, a dream, an interesting photograph or painting. With me, you just never know what’s going to spark creativity.

What do you like to do when you're not writing?

When I’m not doing the whole 9 to 5 routine or writing, I like to craft. I am particularly fond of making dolls. I guess you could say I make “reborns”, however I don’t make normal babies. Since I tend to walk the darker paths, it’s reflected in the things I make. You can check out my Darkling Dolls at

How many books have you written? Which is your favorite?

Bitter Black Kiss is my first, but I have another soon to be released novel coming out this summer. Of A Dark Nature will be published through Crescent Moon Press as well.  I’m also polishing up a 3rd, unrelated novel, so we’ll see how that goes. My favorite? I fall in love with each one, but I have to admit Of A Dark Nature is the one closest to my heart. The hero in that one just grabs my heart.

What do you think makes a good story?

I believe there are several things that MUST come together to make a good story. A fantastic plot and good writing is a necessity. You don’t want the reader yanked out of the story because they keep finding typos or plot holes. And arguably the most important part of crafting a good story, characters a reader can really sink their teeth into. If your reader can’t sympathize with or doesn’t even like your main characters, she isn’t going to finish reading the book! It doesn’t hurt to have a hero everyone falls in love with either. J

When and why did you begin writing?
Like a lot of writers, I started out with angst-ridden poems (in the teen years lol) and short horror stories. They’ve never seen the light of day, but it allowed me to jumpstart my writing career and gain experience.

Do you have a specific writing style?
I think my love for all things horror is reflected in my writing. Although I primarily write paranormal romance, my pen tends to have a dark, gritty edge.

Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
People always ask me this lol. Actually, I think some of the characters do reflect people I know or have known at one time.

Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
Synopsis writing is the bane of my existence. It’s beyond me how as an author, I can write you an entire novel, but ask me to sum it up in 2 to 7 pages… forget about it!

Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
Never let go of your dreams. Believe in yourself, better yourself and make it happen! 

Can you share a little of your current work with us?
I’d love to!! Here’s the blurb for Of A Dark Nature:
With just one touch, Emily Cross can read the memories of the deceased. Working at a funeral home might not be the logical choice, but for Emily, it is a natural one. When she and her boss are attacked, the creatures she once thought were only folklore become all too real. Just as she’s about to be drained of life, the cadaver on the next table rises and fights them off. Feeling a connection to the man who saved her life, she makes it her mission to find him. As she delves deeper, she discovers a dark underworld full of vampires, magic and shape shifters.

Marcus Dane doesn’t know how he ended up in a mortuary. As an Enforcer for the Mistress of the City, he has been following leads regarding a powerful witch who wants to exterminate his blood-clan. His fear that the witch has recruited some of his fellow Enforcers is confirmed and now it looks as though the witch will make her threats real. He counts himself lucky to escape the mortician, because someone in the mortuary business disposes of vampires who are unfortunate enough to cross his table.

When it all comes down to it, Emily now has a vampire she’s romantically entangled with, a very angry Mistress who doesn’t like other people playing with her toys, and an incredibly powerful witch who realizes killing Emily is the gateway to what she wants. By the end, Emily will have to figure out who she can trust, who she
has to align with even if she doesn’t trust them, and just who has the darkest nature of all.

What are your current projects?
Currently, I’m working on a novel about second chances, ghosts and reapers. I’m also about halfway finished with a YA novel.

Do you have any advice for other writers?
Read, read, read and then read some more. Perfect your craft and never give up.

Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
Thank you for your interest in Bitter Black Kiss and I hope that you’ll continue the journey with me as new adventures become available. You can check out my website for more information on my books, etc. 

Bitter Black Kiss blurb:
Former event planner Nicole Riley lost not only her job, but part of her humanity when a concert in L.A., fails catastrophically and the band attacks a rival werewolf pack. Now Nicky keeps her "inner beast" subdued by taking wolfsbane and refuses to become a monster. She's trying to rebuild her reputation and manages the nightclub, Bitter Black, where Brody Dunn is the dee-jay.

Brody Dunn, a former special crimes detective turned private  investigator, plays on Nicole's sympathy by claiming to have just suffered a wolf bite. He keeps his past, careers, agenda and just about everything else from Nicole - except for his attraction.

They have bigger problems than Brody's lies. Nicole's boss is a ruthless drug lord, determined to have Nicole for himself. The danger increases for everyone when he challenges the local Alpha. If they survive, and she can forgive Brody's betrayal, will she accept what they've become?


1 comment:

  1. Nice to meet you, Michelle. All the best in your future. :-)


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