Interview with Michelle Pillow
Interview with Michelle Pillow
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August Calendar Girl
Michelle M. Pillow, New York Times & USA Today Bestselling Romance Author
Michelle M. Pillow is a New York Times & USA Today Bestselling Author writing in many fiction genres, including the Bestselling Dragon-Shifter series Dragon Lords and Captured by a Dragon-Shifter, and the mischievously magical Warlocks MacGregor. Works also include Lord of the Abyss, Lords of the Var, and the National RT award-winning historical Maiden and the Monster.
Welcome Michelle and thank you for taking the time to join us today.
When did you start writing and why?
I have always been interested in telling stories, whether it was with words or pictures. For the longest time I thought I’d become a professional photographer, but my writing career took off and photography took a back seat. There are so many facets to writing a book that I love—telling a story, researching and learning new things, the challenge of characters and world building. I do hope to pick up the camera again someday, but for now I love telling stories with words.
I have the best job in the world. My first book was published in 2004 and over ten years later I have nearly 100 titles published.
What have you learned about writing since you started?
That there is a huge difference between writing for fun and writing as a career. Being a career author means I have to do so much more than simply write a book. I have to know how to build websites, marketing and promotions, read legalese. I’m not complaining. I absolutely love what I do.
Tell us about your new book or series.
I have several series going at all times. Right now, my newest series installment is Captured by a Dragon-Shifter. It’s connected to my bestselling romance series, Dragon Lords. Dragon Lords are set in the future. Captured by a Dragon-Shifter are the modern day ancestors to those dragon-shifter heroes. Currently, there are several series installments connected to Dragon Lords series including Space Lords, Lords of the Var (cat-shifters), and more. Readers can find a series installment Reading Order or more information on my website, www.michellepillow.com
What is your idea of a perfect day?
Any day I get to spend with my daughter.
Do you have any hobbies?
I love to travel, take photos, beg people to feed me. I love to try new things. I’ve been to the Mayan temples in Belize, went on paranormal investigations of old Vaudeville theatres and historical museums, I’ve swam with sharks—well, they did most of the swimming, lol.
What authors do you admire?
Mandy M. Roth is not only a talented author and awesome person, she’s my sister-from-another-mother. We both started at the same time and have grown together as authors. I admire her greatly because I know how hard she works and how giving she is to other people.
What is the worst thing about being an author?
Very long, isolated hours needed to get the job done. It can be a lonely process, but not necessarily a bad one. The internet has helped out with that, even if your friends are only interacting virtually. But, on the other hand, you need those uninterrupted hours to concentrate.
Non-authors seem to think books just happen, or if you have five hours to write (even if they’re interrupted hours) then you should be done. The process just doesn’t work like that. If an author’s head is pulled away from what she’s doing, then it’s really hard to find that headspace again and keep going. I know a lot of authors who regularly log 15-18 hour workdays.
The best thing?
The readers! I love my readers. Their support of my work has been phenomenal. I mean, I get to make things up for a living. How cool is that?!
What do you expect to be doing 10 years from now?
I love to learn and try new things. I hope to keep developing my craft and expanding into new territory. I believe in keeping my eyes open for new opportunities and taking chances. For my career that might be working on a nonfiction book, or compiling a photography book. I’d love to do something with traveling, as well. Regardless, I will probably still be writing and telling stories.
What can we expect from you next?
My next release is Warlocks MacGregor: Spellbound on July 7, 2015. The series features mischievously sexy modern day Scottish warlocks living in Wisconsin. The MacGregor brothers are all about having good time, pulling pranks, erm “helping” their siblings find love. This is a newer series for me, but the feedback so far is that it’s one of my funniest group of guys.
Pass on some words of wisdom, please, to aspiring authors.
The biggest mistake I see aspiring authors make is that they don’t finish the book. They talk about it. They tell people about it. They ask questions about it. They daydream about getting a book deal and being famous. But the one thing they don’t do is actually write the book. It’s not easy to be a professional author and not everyone will make it “big”, but you need that book in order to make a go at making your dreams a reality. So my advice is: write the book. And when that book is done, write another book. Then another, then another…
My second piece of advice is to do it “right”. Take your time, examine your grammar, think about your characters and worlds. Make sure you work with a reputable publisher and/or editor. Even self-published books need to see an editor, and a final line editor. Authors are too close to the project and won’t always realize when they’re making a mistake. Another set of eyes always helps and can only make the story stronger.
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