A.C. James: Thank you for interviewing today on my Paranormal Passion blog! Good luck with your new novella and I look forward to having you back when it’s released. I’m giving away two books by Michelle: Daddy’s Dungeon Volume 1 & 2 as part of my ‘Who’sYour Daddy?’ Father’s Day Giveaway. If you haven’t entered for a chance to win one of 30 e-book bundles of 4 hot erotica reads or an autographed copy of either The Siren, The Angel, or The Prince from Tiffany Reisz, you really should. I may have to spank you for not entering. Do it. That’s an order.
By A.C. James
A.C. James: Hello, Michelle! Please tell us something about yourself, where you’re based, and how you came to be a writer.
Michelle Fawkes: Hi and thank you for inviting me here. I’m based in Atlanta, GA. I write for food. 🙂
A.C. James: Chocolate, sushi, or coffee? Those seem to be the staples around here. But really it’s wonderful to have you today on my blog. What genre do you generally write and what have you had published to-date? What do you think of e-books?
Michelle Fawkes: My favorite genres are erotic romance or eroms as they are sometimes called and good ol’ plain erotica. All of my works are short story to novella length.
As for what, I have about 14 published. E-books are the wave of the future. I don’t think they will completely replace paper, though.
A.C. James: I’ve always been an avid reader of erotic romance dating back to the days when I used to steal it from my baby sitter Sherry Luv’s bookcase. And yes that really was my babysitter’s name. If that doesn’t sound like an erotica writer pseudonym, I don’t know what does. She read a lot of bodice rippers. I agree with you about e-books. I think they are the future but I don’t think they’ll ever replace print. Have you self-published? If so, what lead to you to become an indie author?
Michelle Fawkes: I only self publish. Being an indie author gives me complete control over the entire publishing process.
A.C. James: I hear the same sentiments a lot these days from authors that I’ve interviewed and members of my writing group. I read as many blogs as I do books and that seems to be a reoccurring theme. Do you have a favorite of your stories or characters?
Michelle Fawkes: Oh, how do I choose? I love all my children equally. 🙂
A.C. James: There’s a joke in there about spanking. I know there is. But I’d probably offend some of the parents that read my blog. Which authors did you read when you were younger and did they shape you as a writer?
Michelle Fawkes: Ah, early reading. I’ve always been nerdy and read sci fi along with Nora Roberts and L. M. Montgomery.
A.C. James: I think there’s a little nerd in all of us. Just some of us are more adept at embracing our nerdiness. I love science fiction and fantasy—Douglas Adams, among countless others. I’m a huge fan of manga and anime. Admittedly, I once dressed up as Bloodberry from Saber Marionette J at an anime convention. This old guy started taking my picture. So I pointed him in the direction of my cohorts who were dressed up as the other two sexy characters from the series. His response: “Who?” And then I realized he just had a thing for taking pictures of hot chicks and it had nothing to do with being a fan of the show.
Do you manage to write every day, and do you plot your stories or just get an idea and run with it?
Michelle Fawkes: Every day, at least a few words. And yes I’m a plotter, not a pantster. This doesn’t mean that if something occurs in mid-chapter I don’t run with it, though. Sometimes good scenes just happen.
A.C. James: I wish I could outline. It would save me enormous time on editing. Do you do a lot of editing or research?
Michelle Fawkes: I do minimal research, only enough to create verisimilitude for the reader’s imagination.
A.C. James: I completely agree. Authenticity within the plot and with character development is so important regardless of genre. What point of view do you find most to your liking: first person or third person? Have you ever tried second person?
Michelle Fawkes: I like first and third equally. Second person would only be a literary affectation.
A.C. James: I dislike writing second person point of view. Although, being a fan of the Choose Your Own Adventure series when I was younger, it did occur to me how that could play out quite interestingly in erotica e-books. Click here to turn to page 84 to stroke her… [insert anatomy here]. Hmmmm. What’s your favorite / least favorite aspect of your writing life? Has anything surprised you?
Michelle Fawkes: Oh, I could go on and on about the censorship from the major vendors. It bothers me the most.
A.C. James: I recently discovered issues regarding this myself. Many sites that allow you to list your KDP Select Free Days won’t touch erotica. It carries a terrible stigma. Are you involved in anything else writing-related other than actual writing or marketing of your writing?
Michelle Fawkes: No.
A.C. James: Are you on any forums or networking sites? If so, how valuable do you find them?
Michelle Fawkes: I’m a member of a few forum sites. I find them invaluable for keeping up with the latest e-publishing news and indie writer news.
A.C. James: And what are you working on at the moment or next?
Michelle Fawkes: My current work in progress is a New Adult Romance novella. I hope to have it finished by mid-summer.
A.C. James: Well you’ll have to tell us more about your novella when it’s released. Where can we find out about you and your writing?
Michelle Fawkes: You can visit me on my blog. Thank you for having me here today.