Michele Wesley is a graduate from Northwestern State University, Louisiana with a Degree in Business Administration. She is a graduate of Northwestern State University, LA and currently reside in Franklin, VA.
Aside from the first two released books of her Adult Paranormal Romance series, the Smoke & Fire Series, she has also completed five additional books in the Series. She has completed Book #1 of her Young Adult Dystopian Trilogy called Shackles of Unrest, three Erotica Novellas, and has nearly completed a Horror novel. Shout Out: The next book in her Smoke & Fire Series, Anger & Arrogance was released yesterday.
What inspired you to start writing?
I love reading Paranormal Romance. When I started to see the same characters and scenarios over and over I was inspired to give writing a try, adding my own personal twist. I decided to write the kind of Paranormal Romance books I wanted to read but could never find. I changed up the game in my paranormal books, pushing readers to allow themselves to think outside the box. The main characters, heroes, and heroines in my paranormal books will likely not be the typical paranormal characters. I wanted readers to relate to my main characters, so I wasn’t afraid to give them flaws and let them make mistakes. I also introduced new types of paranormal powers and abilities, twist, and action scenes that I believe will keep readers entertained.
What did you like to read when you were a girl?
I didn’t like to read when I was a girl. I was an outsider. I loved the outdoors and easily pushed books away to go and play outside with the boys. As an adult, I enjoyed the occasional book from time to time, but I didn’t develop a love for reading until my first military deployment to Iraq. Reading was one of the things that pulled my mind away from the harshness and oftentimes deadly aspects of an overseas deployment.
What is the greatest challenge in writing a book?
The most challenging thing in writing a book is editing and Marketing.
Editing: No matter how many times I edit my own books, I have learned that I may never catch all the errors. The book is embedded in my brain, so it’s easy for me to miss what may be so easily seen by others. I have also learned that even the best editor misses things.
Marketing: You are essentially becoming a small business owner when dealing with marketing. I don’t want to come off as a used car salesmen or politician by pedaling books, so I am more likely to give away samples of my books. I would much prefer the reader decide for themselves the entertainment value of my work.
How much research do you do before writing the book?
I don’t do any research before I start writing. I research while I am writing. When I get to a point in my writing that I need help or assistance in understanding something better, I use the internet, news, social media and other books to fact check and learn. My most valuable research resource is people. I find that talking to, questioning, and observing others gives me more insight than any other research resource.
What motivated you to write the book “Body Box (The Smoke & Fire Series) Book #2”?
Body Box (a stand-alone novel) was inspired by that part of my mind that harbors bad thoughts. Before you start thinking I have an evil and twisted mind, let me confirm, I do. I have found that as a writer, you have to go to places in your mind that you never knew existed.
After the first book, Smoke & Fire, I wanted to take this book, Body Box, in another direction. I kept action and the spy aspects, but I added a creepy sociopathic killer vibe to it while still keeping the romance spicy and hot. What can be creepier than a killer who gets pleasure in taking people apart?
Can you tell us more about your latest book “Body Box (The Smoke & Fire Series) Book #2”?
Although there is a creepy sociopathic killer on the loose, Body Box touches on sexual abuse and how one of the main characters copes with being a victim.
How did you come up with the idea of writing Paranormal Romance genre book?
I came up with the idea of writing Paranormal Romance from being an avid reader of the genre. The Paranormal romance genre can be sweet, spicy, erotic, and sexy as well as mysterious, thrilling, deadly, or sinister. You can take this genre in almost any direction with every mix of character and plot you can think of. I try to give my readers romance and sex to add to the intrigue and mystery and to offset the murder and mayhem.
Who are your favourite authors?
I have many favorites. My favorite of all time is Earnest Hemingway. My favorite Paranormal Romance Authors are L. A. Banks and Laurell K. Hamilton. Other favorites authors of mine are Beverly Jenkins, Mary Monroe, Dan Brown, Tess Gerritsen, and John Grisham.
How much time do you dedicate to writing on a daily basis?
Since I work a full-time day job, I dedicate 2-4 hours a day Monday – Friday and at least 8-10 hours each day on weekends.
What words of wisdom would you like to give to aspiring writers?
Although I am a new writer, I have learned that the key to becoming a good writer is to write, read, and learn. If you continue to write, read, and learn, you can eventually change your status from a good writer to great writer. (I am currently working on the great part.)
Don’t be afraid to give your writing a shot and be proud of what you’ve written, especially if writing is in your heart. If you find you think of and write more than you do anything else, don’t stop and don’t be discouraged by outside influences. Try to write something every day, even if it’s just a page. Write no matter your mood. For example, you would be surprised at what kind of spark you can add to a character when you write while angry. Educate yourself about every aspect of the writing world— trust me, its necessity. Give your writing time to grab the market, don’t force it and don’t rush it. Patience is also a necessity.
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