**AUTHOR PEEK** Interview with DONNA MICHAELS
Before we get started talking about your writing, tell us a little about yourself, where you’re from, what you do for a living (if you’re not a full-time writer) what hobbies you have, etc. Whatever you’d like to share to introduce yourself.
Hello everyone, I’m Donna Michaels, author of romaginative fiction. I’m a full-time self published and small press published author/screenwriter. I write from short to epic, sweet to hot and across several romance genres, Contemporary, Time Travel, Suspense, Sci-fi, Paranormal and action, but they all have humor sprinkled throughout. I’m probably best known for my contemporary Amazon Best Selling Harland County Series—unruly cowboys and the women who tame them. All of my full length novels are romance through the H’s—Hot, Humorous & Heartwarming.
This past Saturday, my husband and I celebrated our 28th wedding anniversary. Yes, I got married when I was ten. J Michael is full-time National Guard, so you’ll find most of my books have a military protagonist. They are my heroes. God Bless our troops, male, female, past present and future, any branch, as well as their support system. They all sacrifice, and my family and I thank you.
Books, television and movies are my hobbies. Like my writing, my reading and viewing pleasure is of mixed genre, but humor is a must. Love Jill Shalvis, I buy all of her books, and I love Karen Kelley. Some of my fav tv shows: Supernatural; NCIS; Faceoff; Doctor Who; Sherlock, and yes, I love all of these shows because of their humor! Movies? Numerous, will just shout out a few : LOTR; POTC; Star Wars; Matrix; Indiana Jones; Die Hard; Lethal Weapons; Star Trek; Iron man; James Bond (especially Daniel); Austin Powers; and of course, romantic comedies, Two Weeks Notice; How to Lose a Guy in Ten Days; Fools Gold; Kate and Leopold. And my favorite movie of all time (so far) is Frequency. Loved it. That movie had romance, murder, a serial killer, action, suspense. Great writing, casting and acting. The golden trifecta. Unfortunately, I can’t spend as much time on my hobbies as I’d like, but as you can tell, I do my best.
1. How did you get started writing?
As I mention on my website, it’s all my mother’s fault. She read to me when I was little, so I’ve always been an avid reader. I wrote my first story about a cougar cub when I was eight, after seeing Born Free. At age eleven, I began to read Harlequin Romances, the tame ones, until I was bit older, and my love for romance novels has soared ever since. My desire to read strong heroines is what prompted me to actually try my hand at writing. For awhile there, the heroines were too young, too passive, too so not me or any of my friends, so I decided to write one myself. That story is still on my hard drive. My son was two when I wrote that, then I got pregnant with twins and my writing was put on hold until my daughter, (my 4th youngest child) went into the first grade. I wrote my second novel then and haven’t looked back.
2. What genre(s) do you write in and why?
Oops, I mentioned this too soon above. lol Sorry. I can’t just choose one. My imagination is all over the place, although, I am enjoying contemporary at the moment.
3. What do you think about when you’re alone in your car?
Writing. I plot while I drive. Can’t help it. I think writing 24/7, yes, even in my sleep. Plots are everywhere, I tell ya!
4. What is your favorite part of writing?
Writing. When I can actually sit down and without interruption BICHOK (butt in chair hand on keyboard) I am a happy girl!
5. What is your least favorite part of writing?
Marketing. I enjoy it, don’t get me wrong, but man, does it cut into my writing time!
6. Pick two celebrities to be your parents. Who would they be and why?
For dad: John Wayne, because my dad does a great killer impression, and well, I do love cowboys and military, and he certainly portrayed them well. For mom: Lucille Ball. Brilliant, talented funny lady. Plus, I have daily ‘Lucy’ moments and often wonder if I’m related.
7. Where do you get the ideas for your stories?
They are everywhere. A word, a phrase, a photo, they all lead to story ideas in my head. For CAPTIVE HERO, my contribution to the 10 TIMELESS HEROES BOXED SET, it was my obsession with the Black Sheep Squadron and the south pacific during WWII. I wanted to do a contemporary time travel and knew immediately I would use a Black Sheep pilot as my hero and pair him with a present day female Marine pilot. Then I thought, what if she abducted him and brought him back to the present to keep the timeline safe? Now he thinks she’s a German spy. Too fun! The rest is history, or should I say time-shift history? ☺
8. Tell me about your ideal reader.
The one’s that get me and my humor. I’m grateful for all my readers. They are so supportive, always emailing to tell me about a part of my book that touched them in some way. So, very gratifying. I truly appreciate the time they take to write to me. Means the world ♥ They rock!
9. What is your “go to” routine that helps you get in the mood to write? Special beverage? Music? Etc.
Well, first, I put on a floor fan that’s in my room. Between my kids, my parents (who live with us) and our many rescued cats, I need to block out noise. Then it’s BICHOK, with a glass of Coke Zero and a chewy chocolate chip cookie, if possible.
10. Tell us about your next book & when is it being published?
My next book is with my editor now as we speak. HER FOREVER COWBOY, Book 4 in my Harland County Series, due out around May 19th is Kevin’s story. If you’ve read the series, you’ll know Kevin Dalton is drop-dead gorgeous, the kind of guy his buddies call pretty-boy, and women call dreamboat, he is the vice president of a computer software company where he’s the lead programmer. Brilliant, funny, Kevin is my easy-going Casanova cowboy with an allergy to relationships. It takes two to bring him to his knees—single mother Shayla and her sweet little baby girl Amelia.
Links to Donna’s website, blog, books, etc.
Website and Newsletter sign up: www.donnamichaelsauthor.com
Facebook Author Page: https://www.facebook.com/DonnaMichaelsAuthor
Harland County Series:
Book One/Cole: HER FATED COWBOY
Book Two/Connor: HER UNBRIDLED COWBOY
Book Three/Kade: HER UNIFORM COWBOY (winner Best Cowboy in a Book/Reader’s Choice-LRC;
Awarded Crown Heart of Excellence by InD’tale Magazine)
BE SURE TO COME BACK to read more about Donna and the box set she’s featured in, 10 TIMELESS HEROES, on Wednesday’s Karen’s Killer Book Bench. Happy Reading!
**SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: Donna will give away a $10 Amazon Gift Card to one reader who comments on her Monday Interview or Wednesday Book Bench blogs. Don’t miss this chance to read this story. Thanks, Donna, for sharing your story with us!