Interview with Michele Callahan
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 fulltime writer) what hobbies you have, etc. Whatever you’d like to share.
I’m a busy wife and mother with three kids, business owner, dog lover, avid reader, and a sci-fi fanatic. The first movie I actually remember seeing in the theater was Star Wars when I was about 5 years old. The die was cast. That pretty much sums me up. 🙂
1. How did you get started writing? When I was eleven I started writing a story about a group of elementary aged kids who fell through a hole in the earth and adventured in an alternate universe. I wrote about 18pages, which was a lot for me. Never did finish that story, but I loved the idea of writing, and I’ve loved books my entire life.
2. What genre(s) do you write in and why? I write a convoluted mix of science fiction, paranormal, and time-travel all rolled into one indescribable mix. My educational background is in the sciences: biology, physics, and physiology. I read constantly and try to stay up-to-date on what’s happening in the real world of scientific discovery. When I sit down to write, I find that I can’t just write “magic”. My brain wanders into theories in quantum physics and the nature of reality. I had a professor in college spend two-hours convincing us that we were all nothing more than blobs of energy floating in an energy field with a bunch of other blobs, and that our conscious minds were the only things that held everything in “reality” together. Pretty deep stuff for an 18-year-old. I’ve never been the same since.
3. What is your favorite part of writing? Surprises! I am an obsessive plotter. I will plot out an entire story, scene by scene – then write two scenes and be surprised by an unexpected twist. I love those surprises. I will then go through the entire process again with the new plot twist. Those surprise twists are what make writing fun.
4. What is your least favorite part of writing? Typing. I hate typing. Tried that Dragon program, but it was so complicated it’ll take me a year to master it…so back to typing…
5. Where do you get the ideas for your stories? This may sound strange, but mostly from dreams. I will fall asleep and dream an entire world or storyline. I keep a notebook and pen next to my bed at all times.
6. What is it that makes your writing different from all the others in your genre? I have yet to read any author that tip-toes the lines between paranormal, sci-fi, romance, and thriller like I do. I’ve pitched my books multiple times, and at least 5 editors and agents have told me they couldn’t consider my stories because they wouldn’t know what shelf to put them on in a bookstore, science fiction, romance, paranormal, or horror? I don’t fit neatly in a box, and I love that!
7. Are you an avid reader? When you do read someone else’s writing, what is your favorite genre? I read all the time, and I read everything. My favorite genre to read, at the moment, is Regency or Victorian Historical romance. But I read paranormal, contemporary, and sci-fi romance as well as business books, and the occasional urban fantasy or thriller. If it’s a great story, I’ll read it. I’m not a big fan of literary fiction, tragedies, or horror. I like books with happy endings. 🙂
8. Tell us about your next book & when is it being published? My next book, SILVER STORM, is book 2 in the Timewalker Chronicles and should be out April 13. The heroine, Sarah, is sent forward in time to stop a geo-magnetic attack that burns Chicago to the ground and kills nine million people.
My Timewalkers are all women who are plucked from their timelines at the moment of their natural deaths and genetically modified by an advanced race with special gifts. These “gifts” or “superpowers” enable them to prevent huge disasters in Earth’s timeline. Of course, there are bad guys trying to mess everything up, so it’s a constant battle for them. In the first book, RED NIGHT, Alexa is a Timewalker who can bend light to make herself invisible. She has to stop the release of a virus that decimates Earth’s population. It’s a fun introduction to the series, is a 120 page novella, and is available at Amazon for just $.99.
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BE SURE TO COME BACK ON WEDNESDAY to read an excerpt from Michele’s novel, SILVER STORM, on Karen’s Killer Book Bench!