BB: It's really great to have you here Michelle to be interviewed and I would like to thank you. Could you tell my readers a little more about you?
Thanks so much for having me Brian. I'm an author, mom, wife, and I love all things paranormal. While the majority of my writing has been vampire related, I am venturing off a little these days into different types of romance.
BB: What made you want to write a Vampire romance?
Honestly Brian I don't think I had much of a choice. My Tears of Crimson Series was from dreams I'd had most of my life. It had gotten to the point that the dreams were so vivid that I either had to write them out or visit a shrink *kidding somewhat* the writing seemed a better outlet than therapy.
BB: What are you working on at present Michelle that you would like to tell your readers about?
The latest book is a twist between romance and erotica and believe it or not, it has nothing to do with vampires. I wanted to do a romance that explored the softer side of BDSM. Before you ask, yes there are a group of people that live a lifestyle that isn't as hard core as what we see betrayed in the majority of Erotic books about the subject. This book was a huge challenge to write, mainly because there's such a negative view of that lifestyle.
I hope with 'Undercover Submissive' I show the contrast between what most people see as a dark world of sexual perversion and unveil the flip side of the coin that has a lighter side focusing more upon using the fears that people have to make them stronger both mentally and physically.
BB: What made you decide to start a career in writing?
Well Brian I don't know if many of my readers know this but I was a role player for True Blood and Twilight for a few years. It was very interesting writing out scenarios of other authors worlds and putting your own spin on them so to speak. After a few years I was tired of playing in their worlds. I had my own world that was just dying to escape and when I made the decision to bring it forth it just kept on inspiring me.
BB: What fuels and brings out your creativity Michelle?
Many things fuel my muse Brian. If I had to pick just one it would be the vivid dreams I have. My earliest memories of childhood were of dark nightmares that had me afraid to put my feet on the ground when I awoke. I'm sure I drove my mother nuts as I also was a sleep walker. There were times I woke up sitting outside having no idea how I got there. At the age of 15, and I'm sure this had something to do with the raging hormones of a teenage girl, my dreams actually stopped being nightmares and turned into fantasies.
BB: You presently have small children at home which can make it extra difficult to make time to write. Is there any advice to any of the women out there who wish to start writing their first novel.
Writing with children can be a daunting task, but it is doable. The biggest hurdle is finding a time that you won't be disturbed. For most mothers that's never, but I discovered if I wrote after they went to sleep that it was worth the sacrifice of sleep. There were many nights that I was lucky to pull in three hours of sleep a night when the muse was hot. My theory is if you want something bad enough you're going to find the time to do it.
BB: Is there any other advice that you'd care to offer to new authors that might be reading this?
The most important piece of advice I can offer to any writer is to surround yourself with supportive people that understand what you're doing. This isn't an easy profession and there will be times when no one gets what you're trying to do. That's when you need the support of other authors who have been through the same thing and are able to talk you through it. Don't read negative reviews. I know that's easier said than done but nothing kills my muse faster than reading some reviewer spouting off negativity. You're not going to impress everyone, there's no reason to even attempt it.
BB: So where can we find out more about you and your books?
I've been a social media nut for a while so the question would probably be where can't you find me! Here's a few of my favorite places to hang out. I love hearing from readers and other authors, so please stop by and let me know you're there.
www.twitter.com/MichelleHughes_Tears of Crimson:
BB: Thanks so much for stopping by my author's blog to talk with us Michelle. Is there anything else you'd like to leave my readers with?(Could you please include an author picture, links to the sites you want mentioned)
Thanks again for the interview Brian, it's been much fun. The only thing I'd like to say is never let anyone say you can't do something. If you have a dream in your heart go out there and live it. Life is short and regrets are something you don't want to wake up to one day.
Michelle Hughes, Author