Today I welcome author Michelle K. Pickett. You can find the other four parts of the Blog Ring of Power interview with Michelle on the following blogs, so please check them out to get the whole story!
I always hesitate to tell my story about how I landed my contract with Spencer Hill Press. It’s a fairy tale—it really is. Not many writers, if any, get contracts the way I did. I submitted the required submission packet to Spencer Hill. Two days later I received an email for a full manuscript. Three days later I was offered a contract. Spencer Hill Press was the only publisher I submitted to. Yeah, I know most authors trying to land a contract who are reading this want to punch me through the computer screen right now. Receiving a contract from the first publishing house you submit your manuscript to is almost unheard of, and I consider myself very, very blessed.
What tools are must-haves for writers?
Drive, focus, organization, and the ability to say, “No,” when people intrude on your writing time.
Do you have any advice for other writers?
Write. You can’t be a write if you don’t write. It’s that simple. You have to write. There is a quote that I like to read when I get the blues. It’s by Junot Diaz, a Pulitzer Prize winning author. “You see, in my view a writer is a writer not because she writes well and easily, because she has amazing talent, because everything she does is golden. In my view a writer is a writer because even when there is no hope, even when nothing you do shows any sign of promise, you keep writing anyway.”
I think that sums it up well. Keep writing.
Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
My readers amaze me. I’m overwhelmed by their response to PODs. Without them, PODs would just be a file on my computer. Because of them, it is a book. I am so grateful to each one; I can’t begin to express the feelings I have in my heart for them. They are like long lost friends I didn’t know I had. I hope we go on many, many more adventures together! The rock so hard it’s pure awesomeness!
What are your current / future project(s)?
Currently I am working on the first book in a paranormal trilogy. The book is called “Milayna” and I’m really excited about it. I think readers will really enjoy it. I know it is a big genre change from PODs, but I’m hoping the readers of PODs will give it a chance. I really think they’ll enjoy the story.
“The Infected” is also coming out. It is the second, and final, book in the PODs series.
After the “Milayna Trilogy” and “The Infected” I don’t have anything under contract, but I do have some projects in various stages. I have a YA urban fantasy on submission, I’m finishing up edits on a YA contemporary romance and I’m starting a NA contemporary romance.
Is there anything else you’d like to share?
I absolutely love to hear from my readers. Is there anything you’d like to ask me? Comments you’d like to make? Suggestions? Email me! I’d love to hear from you!
I’m a wife, mother, author, reader, although not always in that order. I write young adult urban fantasies, science/fiction, paranormal, and young adult and new adult contemporary romances. Reading was one of my earliest passions, writing soon followed. I began writing seriously during college where I graduated Summa Cum Laude with a degree in accounting. Why I chose a career that frowns on creativity remains a mystery.Red Bull or Monster Khaos are my coffee of choice. I’m addicted to Reese’s peanut butter cups and peanut butter M&Ms and eat way too many while I write (I’m currently trying to kick this habit). I have an abnormal obsession with hoodies and can’t write without one. I hate to cook, but love to watch cooking shows. I’m a hopeful romantic; I love a swoon-worthy ending that will give me butterflies for days. And books that keep me thinking of them long after I’ve finished the last page.I was born and raised in Flint, Michigan, but now live in a sleepy suburb of Houston, Texas with my extremely supportive, not to mention gorgeous husband, three school-aged kids, a 125 pound “lap dog,” and a very snooty cat.
Book Back Cover Blurb:
From the bestselling author of PODs comes an unforgettable tale of action, intrigue, and following your heart in the midst of betrayal.
It’s hard being good all the time. Everyone needs to be bad once in a while. But for seventeen-year-old Milayna, being good isn’t a choice. It’s a job requirement. And it’s a job she can’t quit. Born a demi-angel, Milayna steps in when danger and demons threaten the people around her, but being half angel isn’t all halos and happiness. Azazel, Hell’s demon, wants Milayna’s power, and he’ll do anything to get it. But he only has until her eighteenth birthday, after which she becomes untouchable.
With the help of other demi-angels, Milayna thwarts the trouble Azazel sends her way. Fighting with her is Chay. He’s a demi-angel who’s sinfully gorgeous, and Milayna falls hard. But is Chay her true love…or her nemesis in disguise?
Because when she learns of a traitor in her group, there’s no one she can trust…not even the one she loves.